Have you ever said: “I had the flu” or, even worse, “a touch of the flu”? I know I have said both of these things and I will never, EVER say that again lightheartedly or in a joking manner.
Let me say also right away that I am the worst sick person in the world as my wife will attest to. My stages of whininess and complaining is worst with the onset of the sore throat (the way all colds start, right?). Once we are past that part, the sneezing the coughing the other common cold symptoms are all a pain but tolerable and my griping becomes much more tolerable (my wife may not completely agree with me on this last point).
A few years ago in April I was so sick I sure thought I had some sort of “bird flu” or something of the kind as it took the better part of 10 days, from start to finish, to be completely over the severe cold symptoms I had (yes, there was much whining I have to admit).
But this past Friday morning I awoke at home feeling just fine after flying Monday thought Thursday each day on Delta jets visiting New York (twice), Salt Lake and New Orleans. Then, in the span of just one hour, my temperature spiked to 101.5* and stayed there for the better part of four days. I also slept for the better part of all of those four days (I normally only sleep 5 or 6 hours each night). This was unlike anything I have experienced in my life. The only tiny consolation was I never did get a sore throat.
I have never had to will myself to move and had no appetite at all. I was totally unable to hold a thought in my head. My head would not stop hurting no matter what I took. Sleep, despite being constant, was not restful. My body ached from tip to tail if you will. Folks, I now understand what it means to really have “the flu” and can say I have never had it before. Nothing I have experienced has ever been this bad.
I also can say Tamiflu seems to work reasonably quickly but the side effects are not nice. Heck, a buddy of mine, who also contracted this nasty bug, jokingly suggested he might as well just ask for a lethal injection when he went in to see his doctor for treatment. Yeah, this was no fun at all.
But here’s the thing, I have now on 3 of my 4 last trips on Delta come home sick. Once with the flu and two other times with colds. I am starting to get paranoid to fly (not something I am used to).
I always start the cold and flu season with a flu shot and have for many, many years. Clearly this year’s flu shot did not cover the strain I got hit with but it must have helped me in the years before this one.
I do try to careful when I fly about what I touch. I don’t fly with sanitary wipes or a mask but I think I am going to add disinfectant jell and use it from now on. I also don’t quite understand why this latest round of flying has been so rough on me. I mean average 100 segments in the air each and every year so why this run of bugs?
Is there a simple solution? A twitter follower said I had to try these things, that is, First Defense Nasal Screens as I could only get the cold or flu via my nasal passage and this would block them. I am no doctor and not sure how I would feel about wearing them but if they really work they could be worth the effort.
At this point, now that my temperature is at least nearing normal again and I am not sleeping both day and night I would love to get some feedback from RenesPoints readers who fly Delta all the time. Are you getting more sick lately or is it just me? Is there something you do that absolutely works for you? Please let me know! – René
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