I got home pretty late last night. The last week or two has seen a huge rise in influenza-like illness (ILI). Late in the evening, I began to get a scratchy throat and chills, but sometimes fatigue can feel like flu. I went home and had a nice dinner and a shower and felt a bit better.
At about 3 a.m., a little knock on the bedroom door woke me from a deep sleep. My daughter walked in crying, “my throat hurts!” She never gets up in the middle of the night. My wife sent me to the other room to sleep, gave her some motrin, and lay back down. Within a half an hour, the kiddo broke into a sweat and started demanding french toast sticks. In another hour or so my wife woke me up begging for mercy. I crawled into bed with the little one and we both fell back to sleep.
So I don’t feel flu-ish this morning, but I am tired. I was listening to a local morning radio show on the way to the office and heard them talking flu. They were reporting on a woman who developed a strange neuromuscular disorder and also had received a flu shot. They were remarkably skeptical, but still, I just had to call in. The call screener told me they were done with the topic, but then they got back into it, so I called back and they put me on. They asked pretty reasonable questions, the same ones I hear every day, and actually let me de-bunk some of the myths out there. Score one for the good guys!
Tonight, barring any further flu-like symptoms, I’m off to East Lansing with friends to hear Michael Shermer speak. But I’m sure I’ll get a few flu pages during the talk. Tomorrow is a special day—my county health department is rolling out the H1N1 vaccines. My kiddo doesn’t know it yet, but we’re going to get that taken care of tomorrow, probably followed by ice cream. It’s a good thing she doesn’t read my blog, because this one is going to take some stealth.