Thursday, July 23, 2009
What it Feels Like to Have the Swine Flu
Even as the Swine Flu spread faster than any pandemic ever has. And the ominous news kept on multiplying.
Or not multiplying enough.
It may take substantially longer to make the full amounts of swine flu vaccine countries have contracted to buy because efforts to improve the yield of the vaccine seed strains aren't bearing fruit, experts say.
The Swine Flu didn't scare me.
I figured that even if I did get it, the piggy bug would be just like any other flu. A good excuse to call in sick...and feel GOOD about it.
But that was until I read this story.
What’s a little dizziness compared with the thumping pain of a headache that made even the softest pillow feel like a rough stone; or a bit of ear-fuzz after a throat so inflamed that swallowing water felt like imbibing shards of glass?
By teatime, as I sat watching Dumbo with the children, I realised that I couldn’t really lift my head. Shooting pains were assailing my arms and chest, and the muscles in my legs were joining in. And I was hot, really hot. Except actually I was cold, really cold. Brrr, shivery cold. Or was I hot? I had absolutely no idea.
If I closed my eyes, I could definitely see pink elephants, though. Dancing ones, with psychedelic trombones . . .
Oh no. Not thumping pain, shards of glass, and psychedelic TROMBONES. Now I'm terrified.
I'm writing my will. Instructing my doctors to hit me with all the painkillers ...or smack they got.
Trying to decide what's scarier....dying a horrible death...or being paralysed?
A fully licensed vaccine against human swine flu may not be ready until the end of the year, months after a second wave of flu is expected to hit Canada in the fall...
That would leave Canada and other nations to decide whether to invoke emergency measures and vaccinate people with only limited information about safety and dosing.
And of course trying to figure out whether I'd look like a genius or an IDIOT.
If I went to the movies dressed like this...
You know I can't shake the feeling that this piggy bug story is going to get bigger and bigger until it EATS all the others. Including any plans for a fall election. And maybe even the Olympics.
Damn. Who knew life could be so dangerous eh?
Enjoy it while you can...