Swine flu?

I’ve been knocked down with the flu for the past several days, causing me to miss attending my brother’s graduation from Georgetown tomorrow.  $400 nonrefundable plane ticket=best graduation present ever, right?  It’s what I deserve for all the talking I did a couple weeks ago about how I wanted somebody at work to get swine flu so that they’d have to close down the office for a week.  (At the time they were still closing schools in the area when a student tested positive for the H1N1 virus.)

So instead of somebody else getting sick and the rest of us enjoying a week of free vacation, I get sick right before my scheduled vacation time that I will now spend feeling terrible instead of cavorting around Washington, D.C.  Is it really swine flu?  Probably not, but maybe.  Let’s see what the CDC website has to say:

“The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.”

Yep, all of those things except the diarrhea and vomiting, luckily.  So it could be regular seasonal flu or it could be swine flu.  I don’t see any reason to run out to a doctor to find out which it is, especially because my fever is down to 99.5 which is almost regular human temperature.  It would be kind of fun to tell people that I got the dreaded Swine Flu of ’09, but there’s nothing stopping me from doing that anyway.

Swine flu: two thumbs down.

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May 14, 2009. Words.

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