I HAD SWINE FLU BEFORE THEY CALLED IT
I take this very seriously though I am a tongue-in-cheek communicator.
In early February 2009, I got sick. We are talking really really not well.
It started as tired. I remember thinking, ‘Why am I so tired every morning?’ I could not think of getting up before ten or eleven even though hubby was home on vacation. Then my body started to fill with fluid and I wondered if I had congestive heart failure.
Then the Swine Flu permeated my body so I could no longer stay in denial. I did not know it was H1N1 until long after recovery. Which was a long way off. I am pretty convinced it came to me through a Chicago connection who works with hundreds of people each day. Now that we hear what people experience with the H1N1 virus, I am certain I encountered this way back then. It was unlike any other flu and I am fifty-two.
Each flu virus is different. Then, in each person it takes a new approach. The same but different. Fever, chills, aches, nausea, loss of appetite.
Yes, intestinal aggravations and vomiting can be a complication of the flu. But the intestinal symptoms on their own are not really flu because the way I see it…. flu is about a raging infection of the very glands whose job it is to grab the infection and fight it…. with copious discharge of the glands, ultimate bronchial congestion, endless cough to dislodge infectious phlegm from body, consequent breathing difficulty, and even fluid in the lungs.
That is why intestinal complications are referred to as ‘intestinal flu’. And these are serious because they can cause dehydration and that is most serious of all. Dehydration is when the body dries up and the infection rages higher.
MY FLU PERSONALITY
My Swine Flu was all about the throat. Like strep only without the ‘head nailed to the floor headache’ I always used to get with strep before I kicked it for good using my own special home remedy. Perhaps I did not feel the other symptoms at first, except the tired part, because of my natural remedies, I don’t know, can’t call it. For me, it was the throat.
With this flu, February 2009, my throat was on fire, I could not begin to want to drink water but I forced myself.
THEN THE PHLEGM AND COUGH
Then came the phlegm drainage of the swollen glands in my neck which brought the constant cough. I wanted to not cough but the cough was never-ending, day and night. And coughing is to protect us from taking the phlegm into our bodies even deeper, coughing purposes to get it out. So I tried to never take anything to stop the cough. In short, I worked with it. Drank as much as water as possible to keep the bronchial loose and phlegm thin so I could cough it out.
Not pretty, but the phlegm and undulating infection is what the plague was all about. If they got through that, the pneumonia was next.
AFTER FLU WATCH FOR PNEUMONIA – THE KILLER KIND
Me, I could not breathe at one point, but we are not there yet. I was at the point of pneumonia when I called the doctor though.
I went to a stupid doctor who could get me in before the weekend. What is it with me and doctors anyway? He told me I had a cold. If I had strep, he did not test. Just gave me antibiotics which I did not take. Could he not see I was grey as cement, no air, no oxygen, no nothing left to give to this flu fight.
I left the stupid doctor’s office and went to the natural health store. Should have gone there first, I realize. Got more blackberry syrup as an effective phlegm expectorant. Some cranberry concentrate for the bronchial and breathing, and that helped some but I was in rough shape by then. Got some teas for nutrition. Some homeopathics to continue to follow my other symptoms. Home to try to live. But I really was having a hard time breathing.
That night during a snowstorm while hubby was at work on midnight shift – yes, he should not have gone that night, we know – I could not breathe well. I realized the suck-the-life-out-of-me energy going into the cough was taking my air, it was closing in, I was getting less and less air every time, coughing more sporadically. Asthma like.
I was ready to call an ambulance. Found a bottle of homeopathic remedy for asthma in my ‘cold and asthma’ tupperware box, thank goodness for organization. Took four pellets and the cough stopped in twenty seconds. Done, gone. Breathing normal.
My throat still hurt like hell. But I could breathe. Because now is was all about the oxygen.
I had to use the asthma homeopathic remedy a few more times. This was a combination I had purchased four years before on a whim, even though I do not clinically have asthma.
RECOVERY – OR NOT
Then it was all about the recovery. I was wrung out like an old washrag.
Could not walk across the house without gasping. Dishes wore me out, I was exhausted. I continued to sleep lengthy hours, forced myself to shower, it was so hard. That’s what walking pneumonia can do. I didn’t even have that.
The men from hubby’s work got this too, said they could not walk half a block without sitting down, it was the most debilitating they ever experienced. It was the most extreme I ever experienced too.
Hubby, not so much. He got it and with the homeopathics he used he was able to not feel so much, stay strong and think he was infallible. When he went in to work with it the guys tried to kill him.
SELF SHIELD – SELF PRESERVE – SELF RESPONSIBILITY
There are many ways to protect yourself from flu, any flu. I wish I had started earlier, not been wondering so long what was wrong.
1) Colloidal silver – look up Natural Health Solutions Nanosilver and others. Colloidal silver smothers the bad bacteria, leaving the good bacteria to fight for you.
2) Homeopathic choices are another way, they make the symptoms more subtle while the virus passes through the system… they do not make you well, just stronger. Get a good homeopath ahead of time. Homeopathic choices can be given prior to being exposed too, and at first onset if that is what is called for. Every person is a different candidate for a different choice, homeopaths understand.
3) Keep hydrated.
4) Do not dry up your cough either.
5) Keep a good asthmatic combination on hand for emergency. These are available at health stores and online shops.
Nope, I did not say do not get a flu shot. I absolutely will not say that. Though I will say I would rather go through what I did than risk a flu shot or the new vaccine that is untested. I did not say do not go to a medical practitioner. Though I would say I wish my very own practitioner had been around that week. I will never say what you can take, as I am not a medical practitioner. I will say this – plan ahead.
Yes, I am just saying….
Have a plan prior.