The Swine Flu scare seemed to me to be hysterical. Less than a hundred cases worldwide. A pandemic only because it was widespread. Cases in New Zealand and Canada. That is widespread.
Yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat and a tight chest. I ran some errands, went to the library to pick up a novel that I had “ordered” and stopped for some bread at the grocery store. I was tired. A little voice in my head kept saying, “You have the Swine Flu, man and your ass is grass.” The Night Listener movie download In Her Shoes movie
I have never before thought that I was “coming down” with the “maladie de jour”. I have worked in drug stores for a long time. The “Hong Kong Flu” of the mid-sixties was brutal. Poseidon movie download The coughs were so widespread that every drug store ran out of the Phenergan family of cough syrups. We bought it by the gallon. We went through multiple gallons. Then they switched to Robitussin AC. We bought that by the gallon also.
I knew that I was in for a siege when I started coughing a bit yesterday. I took the bottle of Robitussin DM from the cupboard and put it on the counter. When I went to bed I took a big swig. I told Victoria, “You may want to sleep upstairs. I’ll be coughing all night.”
I even took a second swig of plain Robitussin. I didn’t want the mucus to get so thick that I would suffocate during this illness. Young healthy people are the group that has the highest mortality in a “bird” flu epidemic. This is because their immune systems are very strong. The body produces so much mucus that the patient suffocates.
“The Great Influenza” by: John M. Barry is a terrific read. In the “Spanish Flu” pandemic (early 1900s) there were doctors who believed that it was the vapors (bad smells) that were the culprits. Some doctors still insisted on bleeding their patients. This was in the Twentieth Century.
I was spooked because of an incident at work on Tuesday. A guy with a pleasant accent asked me to help him with choosing a mask. He said that he was worried about the Swine Flu. He coughed politely a couple times. Then he told me that he had taken an early flight Tuesday morning. From Mexico City to Houston.
That is all I needed to fabricate an illness that is in vogue. Last night I knew that I was going to die. This morning, I knew that all I have is a head cold. V said that I did not cough at all last night.