about the heads up on this thread.... I'm about to blow your mind.
In late December, I was in Miami Florida
and contracted something I have never experienced before. The first symptom was swelling and intense
pain in a single lymph node under my right jaw. That was it for about four days. No other symptoms and no discomfort in any other manner. By the end
of the fourth day, I began to feel the initial stages of lung congestion. Within a day, I would consider it the worst congestion I have experience
with any illness in my life. That lasted about 4 more days. Then came the infection of my inner ears...both eustachian tubes. For the next two weeks,
as the last symptoms abated, I remained generally fatigued and cloudy.
Aside from the severity of each of the symptoms (this thing really kicked my ass), what I found most odd was how "staged" this illness felt.
I'll explain what I mean. It was almost as if the illness was affecting parts of my body one at a time. Each prior symptom almost completely abated
before presentation of the next symptom. I think that's very weird!
Anyway, I finally got over it. Never saw the Dr....Just thought it was the flu...
Then I went to northern Florida
two weeks ago. Within two days, I caught something new. Now the symptoms were more like a traditional flu or
bad cold.... congestion, fever, coughing, etc... except that it was highly contagious. My wife and son were sick at the exact same time. People we
were in contact with who were not sick became sick very quickly.
The major symptoms lasted for roughly a week, but even now I wouldn't say I'm at 100%.
The only odd thing about the second illness is that my son and I were eating like pigs, but my wife could barely hold down water...
I have no clue if what everyone is experiencing is normal or not. Reporting of illnesses in this country is pretty third world- even if we like to
All I can say is that, anecdotaly, I can not remember a time in my life were I experienced a flu like the first one I had. The second one seemed more
normal... And it really pisses me off that each time I have gone to Florida in the past few months, I've gotten sick. What's with that?
I hope you are wrong.