posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 04:16 AM
The Drs. say it's not the flu, but it seems to start like a flu. It has been going around where I work since September and is still being passed
Some people are getting it and doing okay, but not shaking it for weeks or months. Many of these people seem to be still infectious to others. A lot
of co-workers got it, finally stayed home to recoup, came back okay and then it rebounded to the point where they had to stay home again (there a
week, out sick again, back a week, out sick again). Some, especially those with a prior history of Asthma are deteriorating to the point of
hospitalization. One woman who got it in September has been in and out of the hospital since, and had a spinal tap hospitalization to remove excess
fluid from the brain that they attribute to being caused by this illness from back in September (she hasn't been right since getting it).
I am hearing now the hospitals are full with people sufferring complications from this bug, and that it attacks everyone differently, seems to be
where ever your weakness is (lungs, sinus, lymph glands), and I am hearing it's widespread in the country.
I work in the Daytona area and would like to know if others across the country are seeing this in their area and if they have anymore information. No
one who catches it seems to recover completely in less than weeks and it does not respond to antibiotics.
Some people seem to be immune, but the latest woman who got it last week by being around two co-workers who were supppossedly recovering with it is in
the hospital now.
Anyone know what I'm talking about? The most worrisome thing is that the Drs. at this point are saying they don't know exactly what this strain is
or how to combat it. Usually when the flu hits my area, it runs through in about a month or two then is gone. This has been going on for close to 6
months and shows no signs of letting up on it's spread. I have been lucky so far, as have a few others, but as long as new people are still catching
it, it has me very concerned. The amount of people going out with it is causing those of us who haven't gotten it to get really run down picking up
the slack, surely compromising our defense of this thing.
I should explain that this is a good sized company encompassing 7 buildings on two streets and all offices and shops are being affected. Mnay are
actually catching it outside of work (the kids are coming home with it and they haven't been near anyone infected at work).
Any thoughts or input appreciated.