Sick of Fearing the Flu

A month ago, I discovered that despite thinking that I had forever conquered the common cold that I was mortal. My 18+ month streak without getting sick may have been the longest I’ve ever experienced. I’m moving in the right direction my strengthening my immune system, but I am not perfect. That cold was a reminder.

Monday night I started feeling light headed. A very slight sore throat was next. Then I got the chills. My confidence in being indestructible had just taken hit and now I began to think I was getting sick again. Only this time I suspected I was on the edge of getting the flu. You know, that flu. H1N1, the Swine Flu.

Now I couldn’t sleep, so I went online and began reading pages and pages on forums from people who were sick from the swine flu. Now I was having a mild panic attack.

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I eventually feel asleep and woke up 9 hours later. I felt better but not prefect. All day long I was asking myself how I was doing. Checking my throat glands, looking at my skin color and feeling for fever. If this were a cold, I’d have a full blown sore throat by now, but I didn’t.

Wednesday I woke up feeling a little but better and today I am probably 98% normal. I never got a cold or the flu. I had something, but I suspect my aggressive use of tea, healthy foods, Vitamin D and rest smacked it around before it ever got near full strength.

The take away lesson is don’t read Swine Flu forums if you are trying to get to sleep.

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Critical MAS is the blog for Michael Allen Smith of Seattle, Washington. My interests include traditional food, fitness, economics, and web development.