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Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Great Influenza of 2014

I have been down with the flu for several days.  This is a particularly nasty variant that has been going through the mountains. I didn't get a flu shot, but it doesn't seem to have mattered as several people who did that work with my wife had it too. I think it passes through the schools.

I am just starting to get back to human status and will try to start visiting blogs again this evening.

It has been a tough few days.  Getting the flu is not something you want to do at a time when you are the only person at home.



28 comments:

  1. That sounds miserable. I hope you start to feel much better.
    I did get a flu shot, but back in 1999 I got the flu shot and got a horrific (confirmed) case of flu anyhow. So it isn't 100%.

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    1. I got one flu shot and vowed never again. The cure was worse than the disease. This one is hard to shake. Once night comes it seems to come back. I know that is illogical, it's probably psychosomatic.

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  2. Feel better soon. Schools are a breeding ground for illness.

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    1. Or it could have been a subway I ate in. The place was really unsanitary, but I had already ordered my sandwich, and it was a ten dollar sandwich I splurged on, so I ate it. If that's what did it, I'm being repaid for my parsimony.

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  3. It never fails whenever someone in the house has direct contact with children, usually relatives at Christmas, we all get something. This year it was only bad colds but as you say they create breeding grounds for sickness.

    Thank the lord Obummercare is here for me now

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    1. I just figured I'd wait til I got better. I knew I couldn't drive to town anyway so there wasn't much choice. I do think I get all these weird viruses from my wife bringing them home.

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  4. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Hey Marine,

    No time for any sickness. Sickness is only weekness and you had better use those little Marine anti-bodies in your bloodstream to destroy that commie flu virus. I got sick myself and I got over it in three days and "I was a Sailor"

    Are going to the let any "rustpicking squid" beat you at anything???

    Really, I hope feel better soon.

    Harry' I am really, really trying to refrain from using a whole barrage of four letter cusswords in your blog. If had a dollar for everytime I used the word that began with the letter 'F" I would by a large cattle ranch in Texas.

    Its a military thing....

    When I get back into military mode, I want to say blank all the time.

    I used to walk around the ship all day saying, blankety, blank,blank,blank. Blankin' blank, blank,blankety, blanking, blanking, blank!

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    1. You know, I noticed your language had toned down a lot and wasn't as salty. I wondered if you had a woman stashed away, that's usually the only thing that will mitigate any kind of behavior in men our age. I knew a guy who did his first float, went home to have dinner with his family, and said at the table "pass the blanking butter." That's not made up, I remember because it was so uncharacteristic of him. But in our time, there were no women on ships, it was totally a mans world. Those days are gone now.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)


      No women around here. My language is just as bad, I just don't cuss a lot on other peoples blogs unless they cuss. You should go to Wirecutter's blog (knuckledraggin.com) I cuss a lot there.

      Be warned, that blog's full of testosterone.

      I never married or had any wives or kids so I am truly a rogue male. My house is one giant man cave. I got the surfboard in the living room with a 9000 watt giant bachelor stereo system that I listen to old AC/DC and Led Zepplin on and guns all over the house. I even got a 'kitchen gun" (Mossberg 500 six shot 12 guage) you never know when somethings gonna pop out of the microwave like the movie "Aliens" and I gotta kill it.

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    3. If it works for you, it's a good lifestyle. I'd get lonely.

      You and Cody Lundin are both fans of that kind of music. Great minds think alike.

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  5. Don't worry about us - just get yourself back to vertical status, the rest comes later.

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    1. I just didn't want people to think I was dead. That's what I always think when someone stops posting, It has taken me awhile to feel well enough to sit up and type. When you are older, I swear getting over an illness is much, much harder. It could be worse, my middle brother is having both hip joints replaced today.

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  6. Glad you are feeling a bit better now Harry. People say they have the flu when all they really have had is a bit of a cold. When you get the real thing and can't stand or get out of bed even you really know what has hit you, sorry you had to deal with it on your own , must have been tough.

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    1. The worst was having to go out and feed the animals. I would get to the locked door where the feed is stored, and my hands would be shaking so badly I couldn't put the key in the door, no kidding. But animals need to be taken care of, whatever else may be going on. I feel better now. I'm used to being up here by myself a lot, it works out but sometimes it is even less fun than usual.

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  7. Nasty, nasty, nasty. Lots of liquids will help your body recover - preferably non-alcoholic LOL - i.e. hot chicken soup, fresh fruit juice, decaffintated tea / coffee or hot chocolate.

    Touch wood - we found that the past two winters we seemed to escape winters infections - reckoned it was due to our "isolation".

    Feel better.

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    1. But now you will get Alpaca diseases, to which you have no immunity! Might make a good plot for a science channel show. :-)

      Since you are way out in the sticks you probably don't get exposed as much as long as you don't go to town or have family visit.

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  8. Flu injections normally only cover 3 strains of flu. they are promoted through the Drs by the manufacturers. its money making and scare mongering. flu is a virus and viruses do what they do best and mutated and increase. the likelihood of getting flu is only marginally lower. you cant ask someone what type of flu they have, they will have no idea.

    You will have to build your self up again when you get better.

    Beaming you feel better vibes

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    1. I'm feeling the vibes! Ragnar and Rowena say send some their way.

      I have heard that, the vaccine is for last years flu so it usually doesn't help all that much with this years. I didn't get a shot , but it caught up with me this time. At least I can't get it again.

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    2. we have both been ill this week. and OH was sent to the Dr by his work and we have flu. No runny nose or cough no vomiting. Plenty of aching and burning of the joints, hot and cold shakes.

      OH has to have the flu jab due to work. As I said to him, that was really worth it then wasn't it. The Dr said pretty much the same. only pregnant women, old people or people with medical conditions that can be affected by not being able to breath properly or vomiting are given it over here.

      am hoping I feel better tomorrow

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    3. The flu is bad news. One of these winters it's going to be like the Spanish flu and then good luck to all of us. Sorry you both got the stuff. Here they try to brow beat everyone into taking the flu shot, and they sell it at the grocery stores.

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  9. I was kinda half expecting to find a news article about police discovering the gnawed corpse of an older gentleman who died of the flu, and a handful of rather well-fed ferrets.

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    1. No, the ferrets would defend my fallen corpse like the good Housecarls they are. But the chickens would show no such compunction. I'm feeling a lot better today, though it seems like as night comes on you start feeling a bit woozy again.

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  10. Hope you are back in the saddle soon! JOY AND WELLNESS for 2014 to you and yours! Aloha

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    1. Thanks. I didn't know anybody from Hawaii came by. I was there for 3 months, in summer of 1973 at Pearl Harbor. I was on reserve training. What a beautiful place it is.

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  11. Sorry to hear you are unwell. Hope you make a quick recovery very soon!

    Flu injections don't work. My Mother in Law has them every year, and every year she gets a good dose of the flu. I cant remember the last time I had it (flu) think it was 2003 when I was doing Family Day Care and had snotty little noses in care. Since then nothing! So I think you are right about schools...

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    1. I think it can only spread if you touch "droplets" (ugh!) from a contaminated person. My wife is surrounded by them at school because both husband and wife have to work now and they use the schools as daycare. Not their fault,really, but it makes the schools hotbeds of sickness.

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  12. Glad your feeling Aww nevermind i just got over it to (thanks kids).Feeling better afterwards is like going from road kill to just run over.I hope in a few days you feel like you were kicked by a mule it will mean your getting better. A good cure is 3 tbls honey 2 tsps lemon 4 asprin and a PINT OF MOONSHINE. Crawl into bed with 5 quilts.Makes for a good nite sleep

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    1. Seems like the cure might be worse than the disease in that concoction. A pint of moonshine is powerful. I had a pretty good day, didn't go anywhere or do anything except had to go out in the snow once to check some electrical controls in the barn.

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