I spoke to the doctor this morning. Having called the surgery just after 8am, they finally called me back around 11am I think.
They diagnose by phone. They won’t be able to confirm if it’s swine flu unless they swab and they now only do that in high risk cases: elderly, pregnant women, children, those with underlying conditions.
It’s aggressive whatever it is. I rally for hours and feel considerably better – then go right downhill again. I can feel my head is hot again and I’m quite weak, mostly through lack of eating (no appetite).
I was offered Tamiflu but the doctor asked me to bear in mind that they’ve noticed ‘increasing’ numbers of people experiencing side effects – namely vomiting and skin rashes. Neither of those appeal. At best, Tamiflu can apparently (the doc said) ease the final 24 hours of symptoms. So I’ve decided not to take it and to stick with paracetamol.
Sheridan has been great. He came round this evening with 2 big Sainsbury’s bags of shopping. Stuff I’d asked for and stuff he knows I need to be eating! Fruit, juice, bacon, milk, soup, sweets, chocolate, etc. Also more drugs – Lockets, Night Nurse, tissues etc. He said to me this evening (he wouldn’t cross the threshold as is understandably nervous about getting it) that I look a lot worse than yesterday.
I don’t know if I feel worse. Just more sapped of energy. I’ve eaten so little in the past 3 days though I’m trying.
I did manage to sleep for a couple of hours this afternoon but felt really groggy and horrid when I woke up.
I’m not at ‘death’s door’ but this is definitely the most ill I’ve been in as long as I can remember. I usually get say, one cold a year, and maybe one cough, but never flu. That happens to other people! Only, not this time.
Hoping I’ll have a decent night’s sleep (haven’t the last two nights) and will feel better tomorrow. The cough I have now racks my whole body which doesn’t help.
Symptoms began on Friday evening so I’m about 3 days in now. Not sure how long it’s going to last.