I had a raging headache all through yesterday that just wouldn't shift, and was very tired. By the end of the day I had a very sore throat and the start of a cough. I also felt hot.
This morning I definitely had a temperature, the cough and sore throat hadn't gone, and nor had the headache. I also ached all over.
I went on the NHS swine flu site and went through the diagnosis process which confirmed that I was eligible for Tamiflu - the antiviral they are prescribing for swine flu.
I don't feel as if I have the flu - just a normal virus (though that isn't pleasant of course). I've had proper flu twice in the past and been practically unconscious for the first week of it. So I am not desperately ill - just unpleasantly ill.
Because of this, I will not be taking the antiviral medication. I have enough supplies of normal cold and flu remedies at home to keep me going. I would prefer my body to fight this naturally and build some good antibodies. Then, if this thing does mutate by the winter, I will hopefully be in a stronger position to fight it if it comes my way again (this only happens if it mutates).
The advice now is to stay at home and not infect anyone else, so that is what I am doing.
I was meant to meet a good friend for lunch today and I had to cancel. This is annoying because I haven't seen her since December. I also phoned into work to say I couldn't come in until my symptoms have gone, and have had to cancel a photo-shoot for Sunday which I had been looking forward to.
Not impressed. ∑:O|
Original pig photograph by Mrs Magic.
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