posted on Apr, 21 2016 @ 08:20 PM
I'm seeing folks on ATS, as well as news commentators and a lot of people finding it hard to believe that Prince could have died from the Flu. I'd
like to share my own experience with this Flu bug in 2016, which has me convinced that Prince didn't actually die from the Flu, but from Pneumonia
that the Flu may have developed into. This was my case and if it weren't for the insistence of my wife, I may not be here today.
Some of you, probably not many, may realize that I have been away from ATS for a about a month in a half. It was March 7 when I was struck with the
Flu and damn, I was really sick. By the following day my wife started to feel ill and we could see that our 16 month old baby was also slightly
feverish, so I told her to get to the clinic quickly and get the Tamiflu. She and the baby went the next day, March 9, a Wednesday. They confirmed
that both had the Flu and prescribed Tamiflu for both and also our three other children, even though they weren't showing signs of illness just yet.
But for me, they said I was past the 48 hour mark for Tamiflu to be effective. Bummer.
The Tamiflu worked miracles for the whole family, by Friday, they all had no more symptoms, while I on the other hand, coughed my lungs out all night
long on Thursday night. I was very, very sick on Friday and laid in bed all day. By this time I hadn't eaten anything all week and wasn't even
drinking fluids. I was too weak to do anything. My wife suggested I go to the doctor, but I was stubborn. It was on this day that my Flu had now moved
into my lungs and was Pneumonia. Another sleepless, cough-filled night went by and my wife insisted that she take me to the hospital. This was
Saturday morning and I was barely able to get to the car, but we managed and soon I was in the ER hooked up to IV for fluids.
I spent 6 days in the hospital. It took doctors two days just to get enough fluids back in me that I wasn't dehydrated. Toward the end of the six
days I was slowly starting to eat again and get my appetite back, but food tasted horrible. After the 6 days, most of my vitals were approaching
normal, but I still needed oxygen, and I said I could just sit at home and do this, so reluctantly, the doctors signed me out. Nearly two weeks had
gone by and I lost 50 lbs. I was overweight prior to this experience at 6'0 tall weighing 260. I was 209 when I went home.
I had lost all my muscle mass as well and had to go to some physical therapy to start working on getting my strength back. My vision had changed
drastically, and I couldn't read anything even at arms length, everything was a blur. I had a major sinus infection where my left ear would pop and
nothing could make it go back to normal except to lay down, and this went on for weeks. It's only been in the last few days that my sinus infection
is gone and it was last week that my vision came back to normal. After being home for a couple of weeks, I developed pleura effusion, which is fluid
in the membrane between my lung and ribs. That was very painful when I coughed or moved wrong, but it cleared up in about a week.
So, I am happy to report that I am doing great, even my strength is coming back and I can breathe a lot better, except I do get winded when I over
What we discovered about myself in all this mess was that I was diabetic before I got sick and I never knew about it. They did a blood sugar test that
looks back three months and sure enough, I was full-blown Type 2 Diabetic. The doctors believe that is why a 44-year old otherwise healthy man
(meaning I never had any health problems prior to this event) was hit so hard by the Flu. Since we discovered this, I have been on a strict carb diet
eating no more than 60 carbs for each meal and 30 carbs at snack time between meals. Losing 50 lbs didn't hurt either. I am now actually looking at
that as a blessing-in-disguise. I am still holding my weight under 210, but unfortunately, for 6'0 tall, they say I am still nearly 20 lbs
overweight. The carb diet is working great and my blood sugar numbers are near normal everyday, and my diabetic nurse says I will probably beat this
thing and the diabetes will go away. I don't have to take any medicines.
Anyways, what I heard a great deal of while I was in the hospital and since being discharged, is that there are many cases of this Flu bug turning
into Pneumonia and sickening people. My doctor told me that while I was in the hospital, a lady in her 40's, was also there and she was so sick that
she even had to have dialysis. She said that the lady was in the hospital for a full month. Another man I know really well who i have worked with in
my hometown ran in to me at the hospital the other day during a check up and said his 52-year old sister died of Pneumonia only two-days after being
checked into the hospital and transferred to Duluth, a bigger hospital. Granted, he said she had some infection as well. I know of a couple of other
cases of people dying from Pneumonia in the past month as well.
What is my point... that I think, but I may be wrong, and we'll soon find out when the news comes out on it, that Prince, who friends have confirmed
was battling the Flu, died from most likely his Flu after turning into Pneumonia. I am in northern Wisconsin and Prince is in Minneapolis, less than
three hours from me. I know for a fact that there is a nasty Flu bug terrorizing our region, and it may be everywhere, I don't know.
In closing, I'd like to express to anyone out there who suspects they may have diabetes to go get yourself checked. Make sure you know because you
never know when a life-altering event may come about. I had a couple of hints over the last two years that I had diabetes, but I brushed it off as
something else. That Flu most likely wouldn't have struck me down this hard, nearly taking my life, if I didn't have an underlying illness, which
seems to be the case when it does claim a life. Diabetes is a nasty disease and not something to fool around with. Even if you do go and find out you
have the disease, it still means you have to make some serious lifestyle changes to defeat it. But, it can be done. I'm doing it right now.
Thanks for letting me share my story ATS friends.