Originally posted by DDay
[...]The timing doesn't set up right. Influenza comes on suddenly and certainly doesn't take days for your symptoms to show. [...] From your
description your fever came on days after the chest infection. This sounds more to me like pneumonia [...].
Agreed about the timing. I had Swine Flu turned Pneumonia this July.
Day one: contraction.
i woke up feeling like crap after partying like an animal in Ixtapa Mexico the night before a cousins wedding. 3 days of this all-nighter behavior
weakened my immune system and i foolishly ignored my intuition and my bodies infinite knowledge telling me to rest instead of hitting the tequila and
dancing like mad in a sweaty wet club.
The horrible flu like acheyness and head ache increased throughout the day and before the wedding i took a couple flu pills which helped until dinner.
During dinner the fever came on hard and fast, more severe than any fever ive ever known. I tried to tough it out but right after the main course i
had to excuse myself and told my brother i was laying down to die on the beach. From the time of excusing myself from the table to telling my brother
and laying down on a beach chair i had started to hallucinate and became very detached from my environment. Within minutes i had a very high
temperature and began sweating. I pretty much knew that whatever illness had me was going to pose an actual threat of death, thus i began making peace
with the big guy upstairs. My brother and people started to come around and fed me some more pills and picked me up and took me to a hotel room where
i fought the fever in a soaking wet delirious state for 4 hrs before it subsided.
Day Two: fake out
This was a confusing day. I awoke wet with a bad fever again which subsided in the early afternoon. Symptoms thus far where strictly flu, no coughing,
only body aches, head aches, weakness, loss of appetite and when the temp was up: disorientation. Late day i thought i was feeling better until an
incidents took place which pissed me off and that weakened me and i fell back into fever. I stayed in the air-con hotel room all night sleeping and
literally pouring sweating. TIP:
relax dont get mad or exert effort of any kind. Also, despite one poster, dont go into the blazing hot Mexican
sun for any amount of time, the bad effects of the sun out weigh the good by far when ill with a freakin flu!
Day Three: stupid move
Started to feel better in the morn and we had left town to go into the jungles for a few days before returning to Canada. Everyone kept playing down
my fever, saying it wasnt that bad and i was tired of trying to convince otherwise. With the fever breaking i foolishly thought that with some
positive thinking it would improve. Today a little cough started, making me believe i was beginning to get past the flu part. Wrong-ish! TIP
just because the fever breaks your not in the clear dammit, keep resting dont go anywhere stupid! Drink a lot of water.
Day Four: deadly secondary infection
This is where things took a very bad turn. The Flu had opened the gates for another infection. This is how H1N1 kills folks most commonly. I began to
develop a cough that had a follow through of gross phlegm. This progressed quit quickly and by end of day it was a pretty deep throaty cough with no
control. By now we're further from any sort of city and good markets than is smart to be and had no air con. Can barely stay standing, sweating
buckets, all the aches, getting scared.
Day Five: sneak exit
Left Mexico. Full of drugs i snuck passed thermal detectors @ airport meant detect flu and flew to back to Canada. Straight to the hospital i went and
was quarantined and tested + xrayed. %75 lungs where already full of bacteria and crap from pneumonia and cracked rib from coughing. Stayed the night
on O2 and saline, got antibiotics and 2 types of inhalers, went home. 2.5 wks to recover.