OK... so much for the wonderful time away. I came home with the flu which my daughter acquired on our vacation and gave to me. I thought I was getting over it, and then *boom* it came back with a vengeance. Now, my husband has been (for months now) calling the swine flu the "pig flu" and laughing about it. At this point, it's not so funny. Apparently I must have had the regular flu (or even just a cold) and then, just as I was getting over that, received the "pig flu" germs from some unsuspecting source. They say you can be contagious up to 5 days before you begin to experience any symptoms. So, you can be going about your business as usual and, all the while, be exposing all your friends, coworkers, and loved ones to this horrible strain of flu. Well, I have been down (and I do mean down) with this crazy flu for the past three weeks. It starts as a sore throat, works its way into your head and chest, the horrible coughing commences, and then it is gracious enough to disturb your digestive tract (for me this "digestive" part lasted five days). Five days!!
This is not something you want to mess around with. I am still coughing and generally feeling lousy. My daughter has rebounded from her bout with it quite nicely, however. So, my best advice is to get as much Vitamin C as you can, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and avoid public places (this was our downfall, I'm afraid.) I wouldn't want any of my friends to get this... in fact I wouldn't even wish this one on my enemies.
Y'all take care and stay well,