Weekend Plans Post: On Durians and Getting Sick

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  1. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    1. the last time I had influenza, it was like 25 years ago. I was (relatively) young and stupid, and was “I don’t need no stinkin’ flu shot!”

    I wound up sick for at least a month, it turned into asthmatic bronchitis, I had to get a prednisone shot in my butt and go on an theophylline inhaler so I didn’t cough myself to pieces and so I could get enough air into my lungs. The theophylline made me shake like a Chihuahua that had drunk several espressos.

    The next year, I started getting the flu shot. Knock on wood, I’ve managed to avoid it since then, even in the years when the shot’s not a perfect match for the strain going around (I did have two small respiratory things last year, one of which *might* have been a mild case of the flu-that-wasn’t-in-the-shot, but it wasn’t any worse than a bad cold, so).

    2. Now that I am older and have some chronic stuff (asthma, very likely brought on by that bout of bronchitis), I would get to jump towards the start of the line in years when there’s less vaccine available and I….don’t really have a problem with that. Oh, I’d let the nurse who takes care of the elderly go ahead of me, or the guy fighting cancer….but I’ve never had a problem finding a source for vaccine here, so it’s not an issue.

    This weekend is a holding pattern; I may or may not have some slightly unsettling medical testing next week. Something happened last week that was unexpected, and while it’s very likely it’s within the realm of normal bodily variation, there is a tiny probability it could be something very bad. I think I will be trying to find many distractions (even work, possibly) this weekend so I don’t imagine a situation of my doctor walking into the room, taking a deep breath, and going “Well….” and then I have to figure out how to fit surgery and recovery time into my too-packed schedule.

    As I said earlier, I am really ready for a couple months of nothing eventful happening whatsoever. I really hope (and expect) the outcome of this is the doctor coming and going “Yeah, bodies are weird and they scare us some times” but also I have enough of a morbid imagination to think of the other options…

    (My more rational brain goes, “You’re far too well to have the worst possibility” but the goblin part is going “yes, but you’ve also heard stories of people who were fine right up until the day they dropped dead of cancer”)Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to fillyjonk
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      Yeah, when I started taking my flu shot, it wasn’t because of a moment of clarity brought about by illness, it was something as simple as working for a company that had the benefit of Free Flu Shots In The Conference Room. I wandered in, got stuck, then not an hour later turned ashen and had to go home and sleep for 16 hours because the first flu shot can sometimes do that sort of thing.

      GOOD LUCK WITH THE DOCTOR THING.

      I know that last year sucked. I hope that this visit has the doctor explaining “well, as we all know, Gen X is getting older… that has some good things that go with it, and it also has this thing going on for you. Which is normal for Gen X at this point. We recommend heated blankets and a tincture of laudanum before bed.”Report

      • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Jaybird
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        well, it’s also not out of the realm of possibility she will go “You know? What happened to you is sometimes the result of someone who has been under a lot of stress for a while. That’s our best explanation here. If you have any problems in the future don’t hesitate to call but I doubt you will”Report

    • Avatar gabriel conroy in reply to fillyjonk
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      Ditto what Jaybird said. Good luck with the doctor thing.Report

  2. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Every doctor I’ve talked to as an adult has told me when asked, “There’s no such thing as a 24-hour stomach bug. Almost certainly you had a mild case of food poisoning, which is much more common than we’d like to believe.”

    As part of the ongoing sinusitis/bronchitis/back cramps adventure, I learned that Kaiser’s computers refuse to let the docs prescribe muscle relaxants for the cramps because I’m too old. As if I weren’t already feeling bad enough…Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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      This is something that I didn’t know. I will ask my doctor this. (I seem to recall bugs jumping around classrooms, though. Getting people at work. I dunno if they coincided with chicken nuggets day…)

      Good luck with the s/b/bc thing. That sucks. (And I know that anything I think might help is stuff you’ve already thought of, dismissed, tried, or have already incorporated.)Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Michael Cain
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      What about Norovirus? I vividly remember catching Norovirus after one of my parents had had it over Christmas break in like 2006 or 2007. Spent a day throwing up (I never believed projectile vomiting was a thing until I had Norovirus), spent the next day unable to stay awake for more than 15 minutes at a time.

      A couple days later I was fine.

      I’ve had food poisoning, it’s a lot less severe for me than that was. Or maybe I never got bad food poisoning? I don’t know.Report

    • Avatar gabriel conroy in reply to Michael Cain
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      Not that I know, but maybe the bug takes a while to start and a while to ebb, but the actual “stomach effects” last only about 24 hours.Report

  3. Avatar Aaron David
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    I turned 49 yesterday, so I got that going for me. We spent the last weekend out of town on the coast, catching the one sunny day in a PNW winter. Which was nice. Anyway, my son is out from Philly and is talking about how he is moving to NYC in the next few months. I just listen.Report

  4. Avatar Marchmaine
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    My pal and vino consigliere has friends’n’family passes from one of his clients for the pre-opening a new Burger Joint in NOVA… fancy truffle aioli burgers n’such. With wine. Pretentious food. So we’re doing that.

    Remember to take your elderberry syrup this flu season.Report

  5. Avatar DensityDuck
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    under no circumstances should you do this:

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  6. Avatar Fish
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    While I was active duty, flu shots were mandatory. After I got out, I stopped getting them because nobody was the boss of me. Last year I got one, and thanks to this reminder, I’ll go get one today.

    Nothing big planned this weekend. Got half the couch delivered this week (there was a fit problem with the other half) so I can continue turning what was the guest room into a library, and maybe strongly encourage oldest boy to continue cleaning his room. There’s a 90% probability that I’ll go in there and take care of a couple of things regardless, but we’ll see.Report

  7. Avatar LeeEsq
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    I remember when I was living with my parents for a year after law school, I got Durian in Chinatown after a job interview or something. My parents told me to put it in the garage. It tasted good though.Report

  8. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    This is where it helps to be Jewish; if there’s something you don’t want to try, just insist it’s not kosher.Report

  9. Avatar gabriel conroy
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    I’ve never been formally diagnosed with the flu. However, looking back, I can see times in my life where I got what was probably the flu. Maybe it didn’t last a whole week, but it was hard to even walk to the fridge or the faucet to get water. But I was young and hale (except for having the flu), so I survived unscathed.

    Now I get a flu shot every year, even though I usually have a tough time of it for a day or two after getting the shot. [ETA: And I haven’t had the flu since I’ve been getting shots. Knock on wood.]Report

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