posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 11:07 PM
First off, I am a molecular biologist, and I perform biotech research as my job, so it's quite ironic that I would come down with this crap. I'm
keeping a journal with time points and symptoms, as it looks like I will be going at this alone. I called my primary care physician today and didn't
even get past the receptionist. I told her I thought I might have the flu (not swine flu, just standard flu) and she said the office is not currently
seeing flu patients and gave me the list of home remedys and basically told me good luck.
That being said, I am not 100% sure this is H1N1, but given the recent events, and severity of my case I would have to say theres above an 75% chance
It all started 7 days ago today. I was out and about all the previous weekend for my birthday, and woke up tuesday morning with a horrible dry cough.
It actually woke me up a couple of times in the middle of the night. I felt a little groggy, but nothing to complain about, and the cough wasn't
bad enough to keep me from work. The cough persisted for a couple of days, and was largely unproductive and dry. Friday rolls around and I start
hacking up some serious mucus and judging by the looks of it (and with my knowledge of infections) I knew I had a serious respiratory infection. The
cough has reverted back to dry status and has persisted for almost 8 days now. I feel a slight pressure/ irritation in the center of my chest where
the bronchioles are. When taking a standard, tidal volume breath, about 3/4 through inhalation I can feel the irriatation/ tickle in this region.
Good news is it hasn't and may not make it into my lungs, as it seems to have been confined for the past seven days as a bronchitis like infection.
The coughs come and go in spells, sometimes very severe to the point where sweating and nausia are induced by coughing so much alone. The spells seem
to be more frequent at night, as I said often waking me up in the am to a horrible coughing streak.
Until today those were the only symptoms. This morning I awoke very, very tired, and I sweat almost profusely all day. I had no desire to drink
water, nor did I, and I was beginning to overheat. This evening I forced down some tea and small dinner, and around 8pm the fever hit me. My A/C is
on in my apartment and yet I was sitting on the couch watching a movie and beads of sweat were accumulating on my forehead (which was cold to the
touch). All evening I have been having hot and cold flashes, and just recently, I can tell the fever is starting to make me a tad disoriented (it was
hard to drive to pick up more gatorade).
I am normally a very, very healthy individual. When big rounds of the flu or colds come around, I am usually the first to contract them, and I always
seem to have no problem getting over them in a few days. This has gone on now for 7 full days and seems to be intensifying. I am showing all the
trademark symptoms of the flu, right down to the cough lessening and becoming productive, only to revert back to dry status and becoming worse with a
Today, being day 8, is by far the worse I have felt from a flu virus in 25 years. My stomach has been turned upside down, I have a small but
persistent head ache, and there is a slight pressure still in the center of my chest when I breathe.
So far though its nothing out of hand. Nothing that I would be rushing to the ER for or the such. Nothing really that would even keep me out of work
(other than the fear of spreading the virus).
I do not fear for myself, as I said I am an extremely healthy individual. I do fear for anyone who might be less healthy than myself, as this is by
far the most persistent infection I have ever had (including the herpes from that one wild night in vegas... im just kidding).
I'll try to keep this thread updated daily, or with major changes. As someone in the field, and someone who has done work for the WHO and CDC, I
feel I can provide some real concrete information, first hand, to a lot of you who might be fretting this bug.
Wish me luck.