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Back from ER
It's not pneumonia, it's not strep, and it's not influenza A or B (they didn't test for any other strain of influenza because they don't have a treatment for the flu other than A or B).

But I'm not the only one -- they've been seeing a lot of this, whatever it is.

They gave my Tylenol, which did wonders for my fever and made me feel a whole lot better. I'm to take Tylenol or Advil every 4-6 hours to keep the fever under control. I'm probably contagious right now, and I need to heal, so I've a doctors note keeping me out of work until Sunday -- when, if I'm feeling OK by then, I can go on the trip to Boston for work. I should not be contagious by then. (And yes, I did specifically ask about the trip to Boston for work).

In the meantime, I need to get plenty of rest, plenty of liquids, stay on my meds, monitor my blood sugars (blood sugars which zoom out of control despite controls could indicate a bacterial infection), and keep an eye out of opportunistic infections. I turned down prophylactic antibiotics; once I mentioned concerns about resistance she didn't press the issue. If she had, I probably would have taken them.

The one thing of immediate concern was low potassium levels.

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you may not be contagious by Sunday, but i daresay you're not going to be feeling up to going on any trips yet.

i've heard that a lot of people are getting the flu this year because the vaccine they used this year doesn't protect very well against the strain that actually started going around. (the vaccine manufacturers guessed wrong. it's always a guess, every year, as to which strain is going to be the dominant one, and sometimes they just guess wrong.)

low potassium is probably from sweating with fever (since you mentioned you weren't suffering gastrointestinal symptoms). bananas and oranges, even orange juice, have lots of potassium, as do almonds if you can eat. now get into bed and STAY there!

I had what i assume was the flu a few weeks ago. And I'm still not 100% recovered. I had a high fever and needed a whole lot of rest. I got some over the counter flu meds, but yeah the tylenol helped the most. I still have a lingering cough from time to time & extra need for hydration.

I hope you feel better soon!
I'm glad you're taking care of yourself.

I'm glad the Tylenol is working. Don't overdo just because you feel better. People have been getting this down here too and it seems to last about 3 or 4 days. It's only Tuesday, if you take it easy and do what the docs said you should be able to go on the training trip. I'll call you tonight.

From reading your journal it sounds like we have the same thing. I am going to my doctor at 3:15 today. I am so friggen miserable. I hope you feel better soon.

glad you don't have pneumonia like me. it really is starting to suck after 2.5 weeks.

Feel better soon!! What are you going to Boston for?

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