Here are the steps to take when you have the flu:
- See your doctor and get tested so you can get the good meds, but please, wear a mask when you go out of the house.
- Crash in bed, and don't get up unless the house is on fire or you realllllly have to pee.
- Send someone out for medication to alleviate the symptoms; make sure you have something for fevers.
- Drink a LOT of water. Not only will this help you stay hydrated, it'll also help keep your fever down.
- Find a new show and binge-watch it.
- Don't plan to cook or clean or do anything but lie in bed.
- Have soup.
- Sleep as much as you can. Sleep helps your body worry about fighting off the flu rather than keeping your daily body in balance.
- Be prepared to suffer alone. No one wants to catch what you have, so help them help you. Limit your activity in your home, and use lots and LOTS of anti-bacterial stuff on surfaces.
This year, the flu seems to present itself differently for everyone, so here are some signs to watch out for:
- Vomiting. Not just mild nausea, I'm talking full-on, bowl-hugging, seeing-everything-you've-eaten-for-a-week vomiting (this is how my husband's started).
- Headache. Like someone is splitting your head open with an axe (this is how mine started).
- Chills. Your whole body feels like one big nerve on edge.
- Fever. You'll know you have a fever when you get cold/chilly.
- Sore Throat. As though you've swallowed a piece of sandpaper that won't go down.
- Cough. Hacking-up-a-lung coughing (this is how my daughter's started).
- Body Aches. Every muscle hurts.
- Sneezing. Uncontrollable, with or without a stuffy nose.
This flu is nothing to play around with, y'all. And if you start wheezing, go to the ER or UrgentCare.
Did any of you come down with the crud? Did you have symptoms not listed here? How did yours present?
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Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!