Dianny’s Flu Update

Dianny’s Flu Update

Given all the get-well emails and messages you guys have sent me since I told you I had the flu, I thought I’d give you an update on how I’m doing.

Thanks, by the way.  I am so grateful for your prayers and good wishes.  Some of you even made donations to PatriotRetort.com — which is better than flowers or a mylar balloon (but mostly because those balloons scare the crap out of my dog).

Any old how.

After a miserable beginning of the week, I appeared to get the upper hand on Thursday.  My temperature dropped below 99 for the first time in days.  Ordinarily, I run between 97.4 and 97.8, so even having a temperature of 99.8 makes me miserable and cranky as hell.  So when it dropped to 98.8 Thursday night, I did a happy dance.

By Friday morning, I was able to stay upright for hours.  The splitting headache went away for a while.  And I even had enough energy to vacuum my office.

But then Friday night the Flu rallied back.  It slammed into me while I was sleeping, the sneaky SOB.  I woke up at three in the morning soaked in sweat and so weak I couldn’t even get out of bed to change into dry clothes.

Man alive. This flu is making me long for a good old Lupus flare.

Today I feel as bad as I did on Monday.  I’m leaning like Pisa again.  Plus my glands are swollen, my throat is sore, and breathing is so damn labored I can’t lie flat.

Now I know I’ve never had the flu before because this kind of battle I’d remember.

For some reason I’ve been craving Doritos.  Is that typical with the flu?  Because I don’t eat Doritos normally.  I don’t eat any kind of chips as a general rule.  So where this Doritos craving is coming from is anybody’s guess.

To make matters worse, like an idiot, I completely forgot my rheumatologist’s instructions to stop taking my immunosuppressant if ever I get sick.  So for the last three weeks that I’ve been battling the flu, I continued taking the medication that makes it harder for my body to fight back.

Sometimes my own absent-minded stupidity shocks me.

Hopefully curtailing the use of my immunosuppressant will give me the upper hand because getting beaten up by the flu for three solid weeks has turned me into a bitch on wheels.

On the plus side, because of the immunosuppressant, I’ve been practicing “Social Distancing” and obsessive hand-washing for two years.  So I feel a little bit ahead of the curve.

If the fever spikes, as much as I hate going, I think I better suck it up and call my doctor.

So here’s hoping the fever doesn’t spike. Because I hate, hate, hate going to the doctor.

In the meantime, I am going to lie down on the couch, prop myself up with three bedroom pillows, wrap myself in a blanket and binge-watch episodes of “The Closer.”

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12 thoughts on “Dianny’s Flu Update

  • March 15, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    What a terrible time to get the flu. Hope you recover soon.

  • March 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    You just gotta ride that crap out and you definitely don’t want lupus(you have lupus??) instead. I’ll swing by your shop and won’t order any balloons.

  • March 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Dianny, didn’t you sell some pretty cool t-shirts?

    • March 15, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      I closed down Dianny Tees in December 2018 because my Lupus made the work physically difficult.

  • March 15, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Long time ago my grandmother told me that flu causes you to dehydrate, which means you lose salt, but you take a lotta fluids for the condition, which makes you crave salt even more.

    Didn’t argify with her on the issue. Kinda sorta makes sense.

    Anyway, go get yourself some Doritos and a mug of Gatorade or some nice mixed fruit juice and stay outta drafts.

    Some steak ‘n’ eggs ‘n’ hashbrowns with fresh-squeezed OJ might help, too.

    • March 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      A long hot shower will give you a little relief. You won’t feel like it, but do it anyway. The steam and humidity works for me when my body goes on strike like this. Plus you’ll feel a little more human when you’re done.

      Hope you feel better soon, lady.

  • March 15, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Dianny, you write better and funnier when you’re sick than all others do when well. You and Kurt S are the best writers on the planet.

  • March 15, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Hope you keep improving. And yes, you can crave certain foods when you’re sick. For me, it means I’m getting better. 😀

  • March 16, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I’m feelin ya girl. Down here in SC the pollen is out thick as a December snow. I look like I’ve been cryin all day long. And I usually only cry for a few hours!! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  • March 16, 2020 at 9:36 am

    It’s good that you’re planning to see the doctor. When you are immunocompromised, a viral infection may be followed by a secondary bacterial infection, and antibiotics may be needed. I have asthma and a simple cold often leads to a bronchitis or sinus bacterial infection. I had the flu really bad when I was 16- I remember feeling so weak, achy and clammy, that it was only my pride that kept me from wetting the bed. Hope you feel better soon.

  • March 16, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Doritos huh?????? Sounds like the Tex-Mex Flu!!!!!

    Take lots of Guacamole and chips, drown them with Corona Beer and see the doctor and the local corner store for resupply regularly!!!!

    In all seriousness, Get well Dianny! We need your wit and honesty more than ever these days!

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