Saturday, March 08, 2008

Guess I caught something more exciting than a cold. My little grandson has influenza A... and I'm in the same boat. BOTHER. I've got 5 days to get over it before flying to Iceland. I'll bring my sars mask.

Influenza, or the "flu," is a illness of the breathing system (respiratory system) and muscles caused by a virus. While a vaccine is available to prevent the flu, its effectiveness varies according to the degree of match between the viral strains used to prepare the vaccine and those strains actually in circulation in a given year. Not everyone receives the flu vaccine, and even some of those who do can develop symptoms of the flu.

Mild cases of the flu may seem like common colds. But most cases of the flu can be distinguished from colds because the symptoms (cough, muscle aches and pains, sore throat, fatigue, and headache) are more severe than those of the common cold. Flu symptoms also tend to occur suddenly and include high fevers (temperatures of 101 degrees F or more). In children, fevers are typically even higher than those in adults.

The flu is a serious illness that can be fatal in people whose immune systems are weakened, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions. Even healthy people who develop the flu cannot work, attend school, or participate in normal activities for several days. Complications of the flu can develop in anyone and include pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, or bronchitis.

No wonder this thing is kicking my butt.


jillie said...

Oh no!!! Do you want me to send you my pink mask?? LOL!

I know, better yet, you need to bring your own nurse.

I hear you on the video and music. I just love them both. I know that going on your own has it's risks but if they succumb to the vast wilderness, you know they did it being where they wanted to be. I on the other hand, don't think I am that brave. So sorry about your friend and I am sure she is missed.

How long will you be in Iceland?

Feel better soon Terry XO

david mcmahon said...

G;day from Australia,

I came here from Jillie's site. Look after yourself and see a doctor if you need to.

Ensure you are well before you leave for Iceland. Sounds like a great trip!

RED MOJO said...

The flu?! Booooo. Stop that!

Doug said...

I've hear one symptom is hyper-rationality. Achoo!

Feel better soon.

Tom & Icy said...

Get well and enjoy your trip.

Minka said...

Don't worry, I have some rotten shark meat here that will clean your sinuses right out :)
Feel better!

Anonymous said...

Really its just a severe cold,and you will feel much better today !!!!!!!!!!!!

Mo'a said...

Bad timing...actually is there any good timing when it comes to being sick?
Enjoy your trip to Iceland as Minka said there is always Hakarl to clean your sinuses...and you could load up on Opal...too bad the took the blue one of the market.
I am so excited for you about your trip to Iceland.

yellowdog granny said...

iceland? cool is that?..
sorry you have the flu, that sucks big time...get well, kick some ass..

actonbell said...

oh, no! I hope you're over this soon, and that you have a wonderful trip!

Get well soon:)

ariel said...

Feel better soon! Hope you recover fast and your trip will be wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Oh NO! It's not too bad timing because will be over the worst of it before Iceland where you will only feel better!!!

lime said...

my son had the flu last month. kicked his butt too. rest up honey. just sleep until you feel better and make someone bring you meals and drinks.