So, I’ve been dealing with the flu, or swine flu, for some reason they don’t know which because it would cost $500 apparently to determine which it is. How can we truly know if swine flu is the pandemic everyone says it is unless we know for sure if people even have it? Don’t get this. Also, if the cost of this test is really $500, sounds like price gouging to me by the test maker.
I learned this all when I went to the doctor yesterday. At that time, I was starting to feel better, fever had gone, chills were gone, body aches gone, some of the congestion gone. The one positive, I remember telling the doctor, was the fact that I hadn’t experienced any nausea at all. Well, due to being in the higher risk category (asthma) I was still prescribed Tamiflu to hopefully make the symptoms go away quicker.
Tamiflu. Very odd name…but I have a theory. Tamiflu is simply a particularly nasty flu virus that some woman named Tami had once – in pill form. Within 25 minutes of taking this medication yesterday, the chills came back, the fever came back, the body aches said hello again, and worst of all, I started to feel nauseous – the one symptom I hadn’t experienced before and the one symptom I didn’t want to experience. Nice medication.
UPDATE: I did learn from the doctor’s office yesterday the reason they aren’t needing to test specifically for H1N1 right now.What they do (and what I did) is take a general test for Influenza and that if the test is positive, it is safe to assume the person has H1N1 because 99% of positive Influenza A virus tests right now are H1N1.