You may have noticed a bit of a lapse in posts this past week. You may have also deduced that this is because I had the flu. You would be correct.

A week long illness is not a good way to kick off 2011. I know I said I’ll try anything for you guys, but this one is really crossing the line. From now on, I’ll try anything but with an asterisk. If it involves any danger to my health or well-being, I’m out.

I know a few of you old-school readers are reading this post thinking “What happened to you Steve? You used to be up for anything!” Maybe I’m getting old, maybe the game has changed, but one thing is for certain, I intend to never try the flu again. Ever.

The Flu Review

I very rarely get sick and when flu season comes around I load up on multivitamins to give my immune system that extra boost. One of the perks of working from home includes not having to go into a germ infested office on a day-to-day basis.

Unfortunately, I happen to live with an individual that happens to spend her days in a germ infested office. I’m not pointing any fingers (at risk of sleeping on the couch), but I have a very strong hunch as to where I might have contracted the flu.

It started two weeks ago with a series of coughs and sneezes. I, stupidly, said out loud, “Hah, good thing I never get sick or I’d be worried.” After that it was just an all-out onslaught on my body. The aches, fevers, and pains were relentless for a week straight. It was awful.

I do have to give the flu some credit because it makes no deceptive advertising claims. The flu promises…

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

And the flu delivers…

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

It did eventually subside and I am feeling quite a bit better. Now if I could only just ease back into work mode…

The Bottom Line

Don’t get the flu. It’s awful. You may buy into the hype of a week long vacation and days of sleeping on the couch, but in the end, it’s simply not worth it.

If you happen to have the flu, stay inside! Take some time off and get some rest. Don’t go out in public and contaminate others. While you’re at it, Click here and read more about the flu and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

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Join the Discussion

  • Gary

    I feel your pain – literally. I didn’t make it into my germ-infested workplace today either. I just hope this is gone by next week.

  • Stacy

    Geez, Steve. How dare you get sick? Ever consider getting a flu shot? Ounce of prevention v. pound of cure. See how that works? Great Review Of The Great Flu, however. Amazed you managed it.

    I’m so sorry you’ve been as sick as I know you’ve been. It’s been many years since I had the flu, and I only recall that I hurt so much that even my skin hurt to the touch. Welcome back, and genuinely glad to know that you are on the mend. What many people don’t know is that much of the pain of flu comes from dehydration. Unfortunately, if you let it go long enough, you lose the urge to drink fluids, and end up in the hospital on an IV. Not a pretty picture. Good thing you have a significant other to help you get past being ill. (We won’t mention that she made you sick in the first place. Shhh.)

    Stay well. Gopspeed.

  • Lynn Attison
    Lynn Attison

    Your review was awesome. Loved it. I am glad you are on the mend….MORE than you can imagine!

    Two years ago, I worked for the school district and caught the flu. It was a bad flu and was the strain not covered by the flu shot. I ended up in the hospital – with a condition called Myocarditis. Pretty much my body tried to kill me because of the flu virus. My heart failed, I had a series of strokes, I was revived 4 times. Then my kidneys failed, my liver failed. I was placed on heart devices, a breathing machine, 24-hr dialysis. I was placed in a medical coma for weeks. I survived, but lost circulation to my fingers and toes and had to have all my toes amputated, lost parts of five fingers and cannot feel the fingers I have left.

    I am still trying to recover. Walking is extraordinarily painful, as is most of my body. We are in horrible amounts of debt…no gov’t assistance and no insurance, anymore…

    SO, I want you to thank your lucky stars everyday that you are getting well! Most people do not take the FLU seriously. It can be a very dangerous beast. Take care of yourself, wash your hands and get your yearly flu-shot, as you never know what might happen! And see the doctor if something doesn’t feel right, it just may save your life!

  • Carolyn Bartz
    Carolyn Bartz

    I loved this review. Call it the personal touch. Sorry, and glad you are feeling better. You keep your readers interested know matter what the topic. That’s just your style and you have many fans/followers out there. Thank you for being you, Steve. I need to work from home. I wish there was a way for me to help you help others.

  • Eddy Salomon
    Eddy Salomon

    Great review on the flu! I’ll pass. This is one of those situations I’m happy you went through it for me. lol But seriously I feel your pain. My little princess got a cold. I kept reminding her to cover her mouth, and use a tissue. I had her loaded up on Orange juice and I kept on taking my emergen-c. Sure enough I was able to fight it.

    But the last couple of times I have been sick, I know it was because of missy and the exposure to all her little play friends. Damn socialization! lol

    Hope you’re feeling much better!

    P.S. Dustin, I can’t even imagine being hit like that on all sides. Jeez!

  • Dustin

    The flu sucks, believe me I know, lol. Try having the flu, dual ear aches and bronchial Pneumonia at the same time..I wasn’t even aware that the body could harbor all that, but that’s what the doc told me. Happened last year. Ick, and hopefully never again.

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