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Old 29.12.2010, 13:17
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This year's flu - Damn...!

So it seems everyone and their dog is bedridden with this godforsaken flu.
Me, I'm coughing, have a sore throat, bronchitis, back pains (!), sweating spells since the afternoon of the 25th ... my wife has had all of the above + stomach problems as well (but started 2 days later).

Last night I was trying to fall asleep and my legs kept on twitching compulsively, as if a puppetteer was pulling my strings. Crazy!
I never knew that the flu could affect the nervous system in this way

How is the rest of the bedridden community out there doing?

Paul

P.s. Advice - if you have any kind of bronchial affection (coughing etc) it is important that you do not eat cheese or milk based products as they increase the density and quantity of phlegm! So if you're thinking of downing your favourite hot preparation, just hold the milk (and abund with the alchohol and honey instead )
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Old 29.12.2010, 13:21
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Poor you! hope you feel better soon.

My husband came down with stomach flu midweek last week and his Christmas dinners (24th and 25th) consisted of vegetable broth, rusks and gallons of tea

I discovered a good medication at the drugstore: Bioflorin (http://www.netdoktor.at/medikamente/...ls.php?id=3341) It augments the normal digestive enzymes (i.e. it doesn't plug you up, just helps to get your tummy back to normal)
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Get well soon to you both.

Been able to avoid getting it so far (touch wood) but there's still time .

Have had the serious and utterly incapacitating flu just once in my life and was bedridden for almost 2 weeks. Took to taking Echinacea and high dosage Vitamin C tablets every Winter since then and so far its only been annoying colds and coughs to contend with but nothing in the league of that bout of flu, thank goodness.

Makes me shudder even just thinking of it. Brrrr!
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Tell me about it! My two little girls have had this type of flu. It seems to take ages to get rid of. My 4.5 year old got better and then caught it again from kindergarten and now my 19 month old has it! The last 2 months has been horrible. And this is just the beginning of the flu/winter season. I just hope I can avoid getting it..cross my fingers.

Wish you all the best and hope you get better soon.
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

I caught something the week I had my stitches out - visited family as it was week of the 6th (Samichlaus visits) as well as hubby's b-day and my b-i-l family also got sick that week. Whether I caught it at theirs (as they'd had a visitor a day or two previously who was sick) or I caught it at doc's office, I'm not really sure.

Everyone except nephew is better, all of my in-laws and hubby having gotten sick in the interim but I'm stuck with a nagging cough which gets worse (and back to congested again) every time I leave the apartment.

Hubby goes to early shifts tomorrow so I'm thinking I'll start doing my cough meds 2x instead of just the night time since I'll be able to sleep the day away if I want. Hopefully that will kick it for good.
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

We've been afflicted with severe coughs, and not really much of the other stuff. The two young girls started a couple or so weeks back, and are still trying to shake off the last remnants (mainly in the night). Wife picked it up a week later, and it was at it's peak/worst just in time for Christmas -- every time she started to talk, it just started, and she had to rush several times, during lunch, to the bathroom (we had guests). Eventually she went to see the doc, and now has anti-biotics.
I've been fortunate, and not had it sooo bad, but have had upper respiratory chest pains, a few sneezes and some aches and pains.
The biggest issue here, is that as as soon as anybody gets anything, they continue with their daily routines, coughing and sneezing over everybody else, and only when they've shared their germs around, do they realise that maybe their sickness is worse than originally thought, and have to stay in bed. Consequently, I can't recall one Christmas, in the recent past, where one or all of us, hasn't had a cold or flu.
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The biggest issue here, is that as as soon as anybody gets anything, they continue with their daily routines, coughing and sneezing over everybody else, and only when they've shared their germs around, do they realise that maybe their sickness is worse than originally thought, and have to stay in bed. Consequently, I can't recall one Christmas, in the recent past, where one or all of us, hasn't had a cold or flu.
Hah! My boss insisted on me taking the week off because he still owes me 2 weeks' holidays and he feels a bit guilty ... but otherwise in the hustle and bustle frenetic daily activity he'd probably ask me to throw in a day here and there...

My wife works @ the local hospital, she's a dietary cook. Understandably she took off a) because she's totally dysfunctional in this condition b) because of obvious hygiene issues. But she knows that her manager will give her a hard time. Utterly unbelievable, if you ask me :-/

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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

I'd be happy to stop this thing where I cough so much, I throw up. And the mind-numbing tiredness, I can't stop sleeping.
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I'd be happy to stop this thing where I cough so much, I throw up. And the mind-numbing tiredness, I can't stop sleeping.
just remember to avoid any milk products (including yoghurt, milk itslef, cheese, etc). Plenty of warm drinks - teas, broth, etc.
Sleep it out. Dafalgan 1g pills seem to be very effective in getting the fever to accelelrate its way out, from what I've eperienced (note: usually I'm not a great medicine fan).

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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

My sister wanted to give me cough medicine - for horses. Apparently it's really effective but I chickened out...
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

We're just getting through the worst of it. My 4 year old son has it - and he has been amazing - just sleeping his way through it all. I, on the other hand, do not like the feelings - cold, hot, chills, etc. And it makes it difficult for me to sleep. I took baths, hot lemon and honey works wonders! And also, not a big medicine fan, but took that dalphagan stuff - and it did seem to help. My son is on day 4 - he is almost recovered - but still feeling a little low energy and coughing. And I am on day three - and feeling low energy, but seems it's heading out! Ugh! It was rough with the two of us down! So far my partner hasn't gotten. We are crossing fingers.
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

One important thing.
One morning you'll wake up, all full of energy, and you'll say "I'm fine again!"... before you leap out of your house, into the icy car and straight down to the shopping mall, allow yourself a supplmental day's rest.
Yesterday morning I was feeling great - today I realize that I should have rested more :-/

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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Hi guys

I'm on our annual new year skiing vacation and have an awful feeling I've just come down with flu. Strted with sore throat, now fever aches ESP legs and back, shivering and stomach cramps. I also keep feeling dizzy when I stand up. Please somebody tell me it won't last and spoil my hol! Any miracle cures? Is it best to eat or not?

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Old 29.12.2010, 18:13
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The old adage is to ... "feed a cold and starve a fever".
My rule of thumb is, if I fancy food, I eat; and, if the the thought of food repulses me, then I don't.
Doctors always advise to take plenty of fluids, especially those high in vit.C (fruit juices, etc.).
Other advice, already given here, is to avoid dairy, but drink warm tea or broth, when you can't eat.
My personal favourite remedy (albeit well-known), especially leading up to, and before bed, is loads of honey dissolved in almost boiling water, with a good squirt of lemon juice, plus some OJ, and finally a good (or couple of) shot(s) of whisky (don't use your best single, though -- rum or bourbon also work).
For daytime, don't bother with the expense of specific cold/flu medication (giving all your hard-earned to the pharmaceutical giants), use Dafalgan (as preciously mentioned) or generic brand aspirin (ASA-Tabs CHF3.45), washed down with a litre of OJ -- but drink water in between to dilute the acidity of the juice.
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Many thanks! I feel truly awful, just hoping it's a 24hr thing but I fear not!
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*cough* flu jab *cough*
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Not an option for everyone - had one once and ended up really, really sick. Worse than flu.
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

We didn't have a Christmas here.. we just spent all day in bed.. for 3+ days.

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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

It is a bad one, hubby and I have been sick since the week before Christmas, spent nearly the week in bed. Feeling better but definately not well.

On a positive side, this is the first Chrismas in memorable memory that I have lost 3kgs

Hope you feel better soon!!!
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Am comforted that others have the bastard. Poleaxed me on the Sunday before Christmas. Started with stomach cramps and since then the full monty. The tiredness is the killer - I can hardly walk up the stairs.
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