One Heck of Virus going around in Tennessee

  • ScotXY

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    Feb 16, 2008 5:51 AM GMT
    Posting this if you get this goto hospital early or SEE DOCTOR ASAP.

    Not only did we just have violent weather here in our state and neighboring states.

    Which for those who have allergies makes them go crazy.

    It seems we have 7 metro area counties here where schools are closed due to flu outbreaks.

    That's not the worst of it.

    I work for large company where I am a Coach in supporting people.

    I had my flu shot. DID NOT Protect me from what I had gotten.

    Apparently there is not just the FLU.

    I had gotten a Virus Bug that goes like this.

    Tuesday

    7am Breakfast after 30 min cardio.
    9am Start of headache
    Nausea (IE DON'T PUT Food in stomach feeling)
    10am Sweating
    Try drinking water stomach says stop
    11am Disorientation / light headedness
    12pm Fever temp 101
    2pm Sweating / Weakness
    4pm Diarrhea (40 minutes no stop.) (Friends called this start of Chinese water torture.

    The above happens now ever 2 hours. Continues like time work. Till Thursday 7pm-8pm.

    Wednesday
    11am or so Body Aches
    Cold Cold Cold
    Sweating
    Weakness
    If you drink or eat (it will come out both ends)
    Over the counter meds Do Not work at this point.
    (comforts) Lots of blankets long hot hot showers)

    Thursday
    8am ish Kaopectate 2 tablespoons
    Pedialite - small small cup
    10am Kaopectate 2 tablets
    Pedialite
    9pm Diarrhea STOPS after all this time every 2 hours or less.

    11pm crackers
    Pedialite - Water
    3am water / Gatorade more crackers

    Extremely week even to this point but on solid food that is soft and bland and drinking TONS of fluids. Probably over 3 gallons of fluids now easily.


    Went to see Doctor. Friend Drove me.
    There is nothing he could have done other then hospitalization and pump body fully of fluids and other medications.
    They state that they would have had hard time stopping Diarrhea due to they have had a lot of other cases similar to this bug.
    Said antibiotics is not something they can do for curing this sickness. They do administer that since body is highly compromised in this state.

    Gave me some fluid vitamins and was severely hydrated still. But I was on recovery I am still now.

    This bug effectively knocked me on my arse with no recourse or escape.
    It is debilitating while sick.
    Recovery takes time don't push it.

    WE call it at work "The Crud"
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    Feb 16, 2008 9:40 AM GMT
    How brutal; thanks for the warning! I'm glad you're better now. Actually, I'm dying to ask: If I get it, and survive, will I look hotter?
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    Feb 16, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    fyi, the flu shot does not protect you from all variants of the flu. It sounds horrible, though. Something is going around up here in Boston as well, but it's much more tame than the Chinese water torture you guys have down there. Blech!
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    Feb 16, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    Javaman made a great point. The flu vaccine only covers about 40% of flu strains (per CDC).
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    Feb 16, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    Thank's for telling us you can't stop shitting i just threw up my Lunch?


    Anyway get better soon and at least you will loose weight?
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    Feb 16, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    It's hit a lot of people here in Atlanta,too. This year's vaccine does not immunize people against at least two particularly potent strains.

    Whatever happened to the avian flu, btw?
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    Feb 16, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Washington Post article on the flu

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/15/AR2008021503599.html
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    Feb 16, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    Yep.

    They didn't include that virus in the flu shot, and many folks are coming down with it.

    The good thing is that it's fast.

    I nearly died with the flu in 1969 and haven't had it since...yet.

    My friends all got it. It's been going around.

    One side effect of bodybuilding is that you just don't get sick very often.
  • ScotXY

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    Feb 16, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    I work for one of the largest companies in the world.

    I also do emergency medical responce at work as well. I have quite a bit of vacinations outside of normal medical vaccinations too.

    Further I did have Flu shot back in October last year.

    It defiantly Did not cover this. I am almost fully recovered now. Still apatite is really low and you HAVE to ease back into normal foods.

    Feeling of weakness is starting to leave now. Since Friday I believe I have consumed about 4-5 gallons of water and tea and body is starting to look normal.

    Un-healthly weight lost 19 lbs. I am sure my body will recoup after time. You just cant push your body to bounce back after not being able to eat for 3 1/2 days and running a temp of over 100.

    My advice to others is if you start seeing these symtoms goto DR or Hospital. I know that they could probably nip it in the but faster. In my close area of where I work we have about 300 people on our floor on our side of the building that has about 1900 people working in it. We have this last two weeks seen probably 30 cases of this same varient outside of standard flue hitting our people too.
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    Feb 16, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    newsflash Scott this mother is here too!

    I thought I was dieing earlier this week felt so shite! People are getting it left right and centre!

    Its passed now thankfully but I still feel kack! Its left me with a taste distortion too and anything containing vinegar smells and tastes real vile!!!!!!

    This thing is virulent to say the least!
  • cacti

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    Feb 16, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    I had some nasty strain of something that wouldn't let go for 2 weeks in January. I couldn't go to the doc cause I had no health insurance.. (think about that when you vote) It made it's way around this area already, but it seems to be poking it's head out again. I dunno what the crap it is, but it included this strange eye-weeping/reddening symptom. (not conjunctivitis)
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    Feb 16, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    This is a bad time to be Mr. Popular. I'd stay home and wait for the coast to clear... thank god for cell phones and email!
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    Feb 16, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    To me, this doesn't sound like the true flu (influenza), but more closely resembles viral gastroenteritis (the stomach flu). It has nothing to do with the influenza virus, thus vaccination will do nothing for you. Gastroenteritis tends to be very short, lasting a couple days, but is real fierce (like what you described). There's really nothing to do but stay hydrated and wait it out.

    Influenza is a lot different and tends to last longer, and the vomiting/diarrhea isn't always present or not severe like the stomach flu. When I had it several years ago it was a two week ordeal. I was bed ridden for 8 days. I literally thought I was going to die. It was awful. I didn't throw up or have diarrhea during the whole thing.

    Viral gastroenteritis spreads like wildfire, hence why schools are plagued by these little bugs. Good luck to anyone who gets it, it's truly awful.
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    Feb 16, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    javaman9999 saidfyi, the flu shot does not protect you from all variants of the flu. It sounds horrible, though. Something is going around up here in Boston as well, but it's much more tame than the Chinese water torture you guys have down there. Blech!


    Whatever it is, I got it up here. Last night, I was burning up, under a few blankets and shivering at the same time. Doing better now, but it's been a rough couple of days. I managed to drag my sorry ass to the supermarket to get some ginger ale, juice, and Mucinex. That seems to have helped.

    This is my only weekend off for a while, and I was hoping to go to a gay men's social event tonight. I'm really bummed I'll be spending it on the couch instead.
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    Feb 17, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    This strain is in Toronto as well, in fact it shut down two wards in a surburban Toronto hospital.

    I think 29 people came down with the "Stomach flu" all at once, including 11 staff members, in the two wards.

    Yikes!!!!
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    Feb 17, 2008 4:40 AM GMT
    Just a little factual interlude. The Flu, Influenza A/B is a respiratory virus. If you are coughing out the wrong end...;) it is not generally Influenza. There are many gastrointestinal outbreaks like this associated with Norwalk (Noro) viruses. They are not affected by immunity from the Flu vaccine. Good luck with your recovery.
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    Feb 17, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    I was told that because of all this cancer crap I have a depressed immune system (awww...cheer up littel white cells) and I shouuld get the flu vaccine and some kind of pneumonia shot.

    I was like...to myself...f*ck no! If my immune system is depressed now, I am not have anybody shoot the damn germs into me.

    But per my personal trainer, I am totally eating organic. I have 3 to 4 oranges every day. 4 to 6 bananas (I love organic bananas), huge green salads...and then what I cant juice myself, Lakewood makes fantastic juices.

    So I am like nutrientized to the max. And...knock on wood...havent even gotten the sniffles.

    And I figure a gym is like one of the worst places to be during the flu season...but still....knock on wood...nothing! Whew!
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    Feb 17, 2008 5:29 AM GMT
    Many new flu strains arise every year because influenza undergoes a genetic shift (probably too many steps to explain here, but you can probably google it.) Once you've had something like chicken pox, you're immune forever, but each year the flu is new, so previous exposure is no help. The general assumption is that new strains arise on small asian farms, then spread around the world in the course of the next year.

    So each year, samples of flu virus from asia are analyzed, and governments and pharmaceutical companies make their best guess about which strains to include in the new vaccine for next year. They assume that the most common strains in asia this year, will be the most common ones in the west next year.

    It's not unusual for a few of the guesses to be wrong. For example, a new strain can pop up in a place that wasn't under surveillance. (The last I heard, the best information suggests that the 1918 flu virus that killed 20 million actually came from the U.S. midwest.) In some years, most of the guesses are wrong.