A few weeks ago I got the flu. The real flu. Influenza, not just a bad cold. My symptoms were classic – body aches, fever, cough, and a sore throat. I’m pretty certain I know precisely when the flu virus entered my body. I was caring for a sick patient, somewhat up in the child’s face to swab their nasal passages for a flu test, when the kid coughed directly into my mouth. Gag! In desperation I actually Purelled my face as I left the room. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and I should have been wearing a mask, but it was too late.
It didn’t take more than a day or so before I started feeling ill. Being a relatively healthy person I figured I’d get through the ordeal with only supportive measures: namely, hydration and rest. Heck, I thought this would be a good excuse to entrust the kids to my husband, lounge out on the couch, and get caught up on Netflix. … Read more