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Old 01-20-2018, 02:19 PM
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The flu thread

Any of youse get the flu this year? As I write this, I'm sitting in urgent care with aches, dry hacking cough, fever, headache, fatigue and phlegm .

Check in if you've got it or had it. They're saying this is an especially nasty year as the vaccines are largely ineffective.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:27 PM
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Not yet. We're really trying to avoid crowds and use hand sanitizer whenever possible. We got the extra dose vaccine because of our age, but are not relying on that for much protection. We deliver Meals on Wheels to a large retirement building, so we're exposed there, especially in the elevator. I really hoping to avoid it again this year.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:55 PM
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I caught something. Unsure if it is the flu or not.

Symptoms were runny nose, sore throat, headache, coughing, fatigue, eye pain, trouble sleeping. No muscle pain, and I didn't check for a fever.

But the illness itself wasn't terrible as far as illnesses go. What was bad was the lingering cough afterwards. I have felt like I had something stuck in my lungs that I can't cough up. I was getting worred I'd cough so hard I'd pull a muscle (which I've done before, very unpleasant to combine an involuntary spasmic motion with a pulled muscle).

I first started having symptoms thursday night the 11th. I still have lingering symptoms.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:23 PM
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I got hit with a fever, headache, and awful malaise on Tuesday. I'm feeling okay now, but Mrs. Shark has taken to her with the same symptoms + cough and snot. I don't know if we're outta the flu woods . . .
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:35 PM
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I'm not sure if what I had was the flu either, but I was out of the commission the last part of the long weekend through Thursday. I had three solid days with a fever, no appetite, no energy, an a dry cough. I though Wednesday evening that I'd be good to go. I thought I'd take some Nyquil to ensure a good night's sleep. It didn't help me sleep or stop coughing, and I got dizzy when I stood up for any length of time. I work with elementary school students, so that wasn't going to work. I went back home and lay down 2 or 3 hours, then I was fine. I'm still a little wiped out, though. Most food tasted different the whole time I was sick; only a Chipotle chicken burrito bowl and a peanut butter sandwich tasted normal. Other stuff wasn't bad, or even tasteless, but it didn't taste right either.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:55 PM
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I'm not sure if what I had was the flu either, but I was out of the commission the last part of the long weekend through Thursday. I had three solid days with a fever, no appetite, no energy, an a dry cough. I though Wednesday evening that I'd be good to go. I thought I'd take some Nyquil to ensure a good night's sleep. It didn't help me sleep or stop coughing, and I got dizzy when I stood up for any length of time. I work with elementary school students, so that wasn't going to work. I went back home and lay down 2 or 3 hours, then I was fine. I'm still a little wiped out, though. Most food tasted different the whole time I was sick; only a Chipotle chicken burrito bowl and a peanut butter sandwich tasted normal. Other stuff wasn't bad, or even tasteless, but it didn't taste right either.
Yup, exactly what I had - I was okay in the morning, but a few hours later felt like I'd been hit by a truck. I thought it was the beginning of the killer flu, but after three days of the crud I'm okay -- still have the energy of a soggy string of linguini, though. I guess it could have been food poisoning. I did barf once, not sure if fever is a feature of food-borne illness.

I hope the wifey isn't getting something worse . . .

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Old 01-20-2018, 04:01 PM
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Gawd, I am hoping to avoid it. The lil'wrekker says her dorm is all sick. I am hoping its not flu. They required flu shots at enrollment, but that aint working this year. She has try outs for a musical they are doing this week so she's trying to stay away from everyone and using purel and Lysol wipes. She has a target on her back, though.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:06 PM
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Anyway, if y'all don't hear from ol' Happy again, 'twas the influenza that got me.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:11 PM
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I also had what P-man had. Was off a week from work, home in my jammies. All I did was sleep when I wasn't hacking up a lung. My thorax hurt for 3 days. Two weeks later and I'm still exhausted at the end of the day. And I had a flu shot.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:22 PM
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I received a shot in early November and I am taking all possible precautions to avoid the deadly scourge.
I would be interested to know how many of you get it after youv'e had a shot.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:53 PM
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Yes, I was down for two weeks.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:37 PM
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I got the shot, but so far, no flu. The most I've dealt with is sniffles that come and go, and an occasional dry cough. Probably allergies.

When we went to breakfast, our server (we've known her for years) told us she was in the hospital last week with the flu. She looked great today, but she said it kicked her ass last week.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:05 PM
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I know a RN who told me the somewhat local Hospital ( or death chamber) is full of nursing home patients with confirmed flu. I have 3 scheduled visits with my therapy dog to visit the nursing homes in the area. I think I'll cancel til after Feb.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:06 PM
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Oh boy, yes I was sick for what felt like ages. It started around Christmas and lasted well into the new year. I felt like death warmed over. The coughing was so awful, so much nasty phlegm. I felt twice my age and had no energy. I'm still not 100% back to normal.

I hope you feel better Happy.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:39 PM
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Oh boy, yes I was sick for what felt like ages. It started around Christmas and lasted well into the new year. I felt like death warmed over. The coughing was so awful, so much nasty phlegm. I felt twice my age and had no energy. I'm still not 100% back to normal.

I hope you feel better Happy.
Same, thats what I'm going through. Most of the symptoms are gone, but the fatigue and cough are still here. I don't know when this crap will end. I'm on day 10 now. I've had colds, and those are done in 3-4 days so I don't think I have a cold.

This cough makes it shitty. Other than the cough, it wasn't any worse than any other respiratory infection.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:46 PM
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I seem to have escaped infection, at least so far. Half of our office (a 9-1-1 call center) is out sick and we are juggling the schedule like mad to keep enough semi-healthy people working to maintain coverage. And one young and normally quite healthy coworker has ended up hospitalized and on a ventilator! This flu is freakin' serious this year!
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:04 PM
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I received a shot in early November and I am taking all possible precautions to avoid the deadly scourge.
I would be interested to know how many of you get it after youv'e had a shot.
I didn't get s shot, due to pure inertia on my part. A colleague who did is deathly ill.
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:22 PM
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The Big Crow has been pestering me to get the shot since he got his in September. I suppose, at this point, it's just pure orneriness that makes me not do it. I've never gotten one before, so why should I get one now, dammit!? (Though I admit this year's strain sounds pretty darn scary.)

The worst I've gotten this season was something that made my stomach feel like crud for about a week, along with a nasty sinus headache on and off in the same time. Acetaminophen helped a lot.

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Old 01-21-2018, 08:32 PM
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The Big Crow has been pestering me to get the shot since he got his in September. I suppose, at this point, it's just pure orneriness that makes me not do it. I've never gotten one before, so why should I get one now, dammit!? (Though I admit this year's strain sounds pretty darn scary.)

The worst I've gotten this season was something that made my stomach feel like crud for about a week, along with a nasty sinus headache on and off in the same time. Acetaminophen helped a lot.
So, you don't care about all the other people who may get it because you didn't get it to help the herd immunity?
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:26 PM
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My wife usually avoids The Crud That's Going Around, or gets over it overnight.

But she's been out for four days with this flu. Killer stuff...
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:15 PM
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I got the shot on January 3rd. This weekend I did a bunch of moving of stuff, and assumed that I was just dealing with the dust and mold of an old house I was cleaning up, and then compounded by the dust in my own closet when I decided to clean it up.

No fever
Light Aches - more feels like I was working out a bit
Dry cough - not constant, just there at times.
Runny nose - again - not enough to warrant any OTC medication
Tired (but I just got off of a week of work travel).

Hoping I just have a bad cold
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:19 PM
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My daughter got what I assume was the flu, and I don't use the word 'flu' lightly. I honestly believe it's what she had, or at the very least some other kind of similar bug. She missed an entire week of school and looked awful. Pale, barely ate, headache, fever etc. I did take her to the doc at one point (at the pressure of some other people) so I could give them $150 to say 'yup, probably the flu, nothing we can do, keep eating/drinking etc'.

I got a flu shot, maybe that's why I didn't get it, maybe I got lucky since I don't normally get those kinds of things, who knows. In any case, so far so good for me.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:22 AM
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Suggestion: if you suspect you or a relative has the flu, get to the doctor within 48 hours. They'll put you on Tamiflu. I've taken 4 of 10 pills now and feel much better. It'll shorten your sickness. Tamiflu + Tylenol, and this has been much better than a lot of flu experiences for me.

But the window to get on Tamiflu is short. Once the aches set in and the cough starts, get to your doc or urgent care asap.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:32 AM
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Wifey just got word that one of her co-workers of hers on a seasonal 2nd job has died from it. No idea if there were other circumstances or whatnot. Also, a friend just got over it. My office seems to have been unaffected so far.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:37 AM
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Suggestion: if you suspect you or a relative has the flu, get to the doctor within 48 hours. They'll put you on Tamiflu. I've taken 4 of 10 pills now and feel much better. It'll shorten your sickness. Tamiflu + Tylenol, and this has been much better than a lot of flu experiences for me.

But the window to get on Tamiflu is short. Once the aches set in and the cough starts, get to your doc or urgent care asap.
My daughter's doc said the same thing. That being a week or so into it there's nothing they could do about it, however, if she spends any time around 'at risk' people (ie if grandparents babysit for her or if she had younger siblings etc), they'd get them started on Tamiflu.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:11 AM
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I got the shot, but so far, no flu. The most I've dealt with is sniffles that come and go, and an occasional dry cough. Probably allergies.

When we went to breakfast, our server (we've known her for years) told us she was in the hospital last week with the flu. She looked great today, but she said it kicked her ass last week.
Same here (minus the waitress part).

Back in 1998, I had the flu despite having the shot; that was another year where a lot of people reporting that happening. It was thoroughly miserable. I think maybe the shot helped it be less severe, as in I was only praying for death for about 24 hours....

I work from home, so am not around other people much, but my husband works in an office and the kids both work in retail (one in a grocery store) so they'd be the most likely vectors.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:15 AM
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The Big Crow has been pestering me to get the shot since he got his in September. I suppose, at this point, it's just pure orneriness that makes me not do it. I've never gotten one before, so why should I get one now, dammit!? (Though I admit this year's strain sounds pretty darn scary.)

The worst I've gotten this season was something that made my stomach feel like crud for about a week, along with a nasty sinus headache on and off in the same time. Acetaminophen helped a lot.
I read a study the other day that suggested that if you get the flu shot after not having had one for several years, the one you get will work better on you, than on your spouse who's been getting one every year. The study wasn't clear as to why that was.

So there's that argument for your getting one.

For what it's worth, the immunity lasts only so long - so your spouse's may be wearing off!
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:17 AM
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Any of youse get the flu this year? As I write this, I'm sitting in urgent care with aches, dry hacking cough, fever, headache, fatigue and phlegm .

Check in if you've got it or had it. They're saying this is an especially nasty year as the vaccines are largely ineffective.
I get mine every year. They say it's around 30% effective this year, but not sure what that actually means. So far it's gone through my office but I haven't gotten it. Since my kids are now officially all grown up and off doing their own thing I don't have them bringing additional stuff home.
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:43 AM
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One more reason to get a flu shot:

"New Canadian research shows just how dangerous the flu can be, revealing that the illness raises the chances of a heart attack by six times during the first week."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-in...inds-1.3773861
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Old 01-25-2018, 11:46 AM
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One more reason to get a flu shot:

"New Canadian research shows just how dangerous the flu can be, revealing that the illness raises the chances of a heart attack by six times during the first week."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-in...inds-1.3773861
It's like they were saying, "Happy doesn't worry enough. Let's give him a DOOZY!"
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:00 PM
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I used to get flu a couple times a year flu shot or no, and at least 2 rhinovirus colds. 20 years ago a friend of a friend told me she had cured the same problem by taking 1 capsule of standardized Echinacea every 3 or 4 days. So I tried it, and haven't had a cold or flu since, haven't had a flu shot in 18 years. I used to tell people but they just laughed at me and said science says it isn't possible and I'm a chump. So screw everybody! And to everybody washing their hands and sterilizing all those pesky environmental surfaces, you're wasting your time! cause science definitely says the flu virus is airborne! Floatin' around on little aerosol particles of spit and mucous! Goes right up your nose! And I don't get it (insane laughter) hahahahah!
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:39 AM
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One more reason to get a flu shot:

"New Canadian research shows just how dangerous the flu can be, revealing that the illness raises the chances of a heart attack by six times during the first week."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-in...inds-1.3773861
This I buy after my last year's experience. I'd had the flu shot, but was so damn sick for about 3 days of not eating or drinking, I had the man take me to urgent care who immediately sent me to the hospital as I was having tachycardia.

Apparently not eating or drinking will do that to you.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:08 AM
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I used to get flu a couple times a year flu shot or no, and at least 2 rhinovirus colds. 20 years ago a friend of a friend told me she had cured the same problem by taking 1 capsule of standardized Echinacea every 3 or 4 days. So I tried it, and haven't had a cold or flu since, haven't had a flu shot in 18 years. I used to tell people but they just laughed at me and said science says it isn't possible and I'm a chump. So screw everybody! And to everybody washing their hands and sterilizing all those pesky environmental surfaces, you're wasting your time! cause science definitely says the flu virus is airborne! Floatin' around on little aerosol particles of spit and mucous! Goes right up your nose! And I don't get it (insane laughter) hahahahah!
I've never tried echnacia, but whenever I get a respiratory infection, I always get bronchitis afterwards. However several years ago I started taking 800mg cimetidine at the first sign of a cold and ever since I started doing that, I don't get bronchitis after a cold (cimetidine strengthens your immune system by inhibiting suppressor T cells, which inhibit your immune system). I've tried garlic extract (garlic is a pretty broad antimicrobial) and noticed the same thing. If I take it at the first sign of a cold, it doesn't stop the cold but prevents it from progressing into bronchitis, but stopped using that for fear of altering my gut microbiome. Neither treatment has any effect on my cold, but it prevents the cold from becoming bronchitis.

It didn't work with this flu though. I'm over the flu but now I've got bronchitis. I'm on day 15 of being sick. However I'll probably be ok in a couple days. This flu was the worst respiratory infection I've ever had. Coughing so hard I'd vomit. Coughing so hard I'd injure muscles in my stomach, or develop headaches, or not be able to sleep. Not fun.

The bronchitis I have now is a walk in the park compared to the flu.
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SWMBO got the B strain, was sicker than a dog for a week. My brother-in-law came to town last Sunday for a conference and came down with it. He's recuperating with us because he can't fly back home until tomorrow.

I got my flu shot back in October and I seem to have hit the jackpot. Usually I'm the one who gets sick and SWMBO has to take care of me.
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:05 AM
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I THINK I got a flu shot last year, but I can't remember.

Knock on wood...so far so good. My boss is still fighting hers since Thanksgiving, and I've had two co-workers out with it.
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The Tamiflu thing reminded me of a longstanding question: how easy is it to tell the flu in time to get the stuff, whether you’ve had it before or not? I mean, if it were THAT distinctive, everyone would get it all the time, right?
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The Tamiflu thing reminded me of a longstanding question: how easy is it to tell the flu in time to get the stuff, whether you’ve had it before or not? I mean, if it were THAT distinctive, everyone would get it all the time, right?
I knew I had the flu because of the aches and fatigue and dry cough. That, to me, was very distinct and what put me in the doctor's office. Runny nose, wet cough, sore throat-- those, to me, are the cold. I also was lucky because my wife had just been told about Tamiflu by a pharmacist. I had never heard of it before, so the day after I first felt flu-y, I was told I had a short window to get in on some of this new-fangled flu medicine. So I got my butt to urgent care.
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I got the flu shot in December. While the flu has been all around me at work I am so far not sick.
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I've had chronic bronchitis for years and years. I've had occasional major severe acute outbreaks. Just getting a plain old cold will sometimes do that. I've been to the Emergency Room four times over the years that I can remember, and one other serious case where I really should have been in the ER. We're talking about being unable to breathe!

I was in the ER overnight four years ago and horribly sick with coughing -- some may recall that I blogged it in detail in a thread on this board.

Again, just two years ago, it happened again, only I was in the ER for THREE nights!

You bet your collective Straight Dope asses, I get my flu shot every year, and I damn well hope I never get the flu. I am seriously worried that a flu, or ever another bad cold, could be literally (yes literally) life-threatening for me.

I've told my doctor that, and he seems to agree. He gave me a prescription of Prednisone just to have around to use in case I ever really need it again.
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I think I ended up getting both major strains going around. I deal with the public constantly, plus some of my employees have kids, so there's another vector. It is good that this time of year is usually a bit slow, as it's been a rare day this year that everyone has made it to work and been healthy.

This year's flu is dangerous. I had a friend die from it back in november, and one of my employee's son-in-laws is in the ICU from a heart attack. NPR says that it increases your chances of a heart attack 6 times.

It didn't hit me too hard, but I am usually pretty good at not getting too sick. I am a bit worried though as I am just this side of "obese", and my blood pressure could be lower. I don't think I would much like a heart attack.
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I'll definitely be glad when this flu season wraps up. I moonlight right now in a medical office, so I figure that's where I picked it up, as I'm currently the only one in my household to have had the flu. I have two little kids at home, so I'm extra paranoid and worried, and therefore am taking insane-level precautions at work these days. I literally haven't touched my kids or even come within two feet of them in a week. So far, so good, and I think I'm basically better. Maybe I'll pat my son on the head tonight.
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