Although I tested negative for COVID, I think I have the flu. It’s been more than a week since I first started feeling crummy. Yesterday my fever was only low grade and by evening I felt well enough to cook myself some roasted potatoes and a salmon filet, which I washed down with a glass of wine.
I woke up feeling poorly again and although I am currently fever free, I’ve had multiple bouts of both diarrhea and vomiting throughout the day. My nurse Lisa advised getting in touch with the on call Doctor at the cancer center and so I did. A prescription for Zofran is helping immensely, and my dinner was lentil soup and gatorade.
So. This is the second time I’ve likely contracted the flu even though I received the vaccine. And I’ve been basically home or studio bound, and super cautious when I do venture out.
The moral here is that we can get ill even when we take precautions. Sometimes seriously ill.
Fortunately I am nowhere near as sick as the time I came down with Influenza A in January of 2011 and was subsequently hospitalized.. However, my current illness suggests that even once the vaccine for COVID becomes widely available, we will need to remain vigilant.
Strange times, these. Trying times.
And we can’t let down our defenses.