But what really IS the flu?
Colds don't count, that is just coughing, stuffiness and generally feeling "blah". I always thought anytime you felt ill and had nausea/vomitting/diarrhea all together or two-at-a-time that was the flu, and it usually only lasted a day or two before you began to feel better and were able to resume normal duties.
Are there 24hr bugs or are those usually a form of food poisoning?
However, I wonder now if that was EVER the flu in light of the sickness I experienced just before my hubby proposed to me.
I was about
25 and had experienced my fair share of 'colds' and 'flus'. If what I had in the past was considered the flu, then what was THIS I came down with?
Vomitting. Diarrhea. Fever. Chills. It was late summer and I was going to bed in sweat pants/shirt and socks to keep warm. I woke every night SOAKED with sweat and would have to change not only my body clothing, but also my bedding: pillows, pillowcases, sheets and matress pad, because they were soaked with sweat. Soaked, not just damp...soaked like someone had poured a bucket over me as I lay sleeping and it pooled off and around me. I was unable to eat/drink ANYTHING. I tried broth. I tried water. I tried warm water. I tried tiny drop-sized sips. It didn't matter what I drank or how I drank it, if it hit my stomach it was immediately coming right back up. All of these acute symptoms lasted for 6 days with absolutely no let-up.
I had no medical insurance and would not go to the hospital or Doctor, even though I'm sure I was becoming critically dehydrated.
I lost almost 15 pounds that week and when I was finally able to return to work, I *looked* like I had been home sick for that entire week. There was no question of 'faking' it.
That experience is now what I think of as "flu" and I am not sure how to 'rate' the flu other people complain of? ...the 'flu' I experienced all my life until that one experience. Granted, since I didn't go to the Dr I do not know exactly WHAT it was, but I know it was a miserable experience. It rated right up there with the Jaundice/Hepatitis I experienced in 2006.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. No improvement with Remicade. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP. Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections. Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX. Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.