A bad case of the flu

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I’m currently coughing my lungs out, running a fever and feeling like crap due to this flu that I caught. It’s a good thing I followed my doctor’s orders and did not fly to Melbourne coz:

1. I might get quarantined (which won’t be fun)
2. This is just going to get worse (and she was right)

That was just the start of the flu, it’s been getting worse since then. I can’t eat anything coz I have no appetite and I’ll just throw it back up and my body aches everywhere – even in places I didn’t know exist!


I’m also being prescribed Tamiflu (generic oseltamivir made by Ranbaxy called FluHalt) as a precaution against H1N1. Photo taken using Sony Cyber-shot TX-5. I like this one, even though it makes me nauseous, it really helps in the body aches.

I hope I don’t have H1N1 though – that’s like so passe. It would be interesting if I was Patient Zero in a new influenza subtype from rats (kinda like the black death) from my rodent eating activities. 90% mortality rate and all that. Now that would be something new.

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155 thoughts on “A bad case of the flu”

  1. For the first 1.5 seconds I thought you’re making trip reports on dope!
    Blister packs and violet miron bottles just keep reminding me of the old days.
    Can’t believe Tamiflu supply got so dried out some Indian company have to start producing generics. At least it’s kinder to the wallet, that’s if they don’t jack up the price.
    Get well soon anyway! H1N1 is always better than AIDS.

  2. Ry: Heh! Yeah, if that happens the content will be on castitas.com instead of over here. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I think they’re prescribing Tamiflu for all “suspected” cases now. If you have a really bad flu (was coughing so badly I coughed up blood at the doctors) they will give you Tamiflu before even waiting for the results on whether it is H1N1 to be out.
    Yeah, even though the scare is over, Tamiflu stocks are low. Generics are alright though, I have nothing against generics from my years of using benzodiazepines, they’re as good as the original, sometimes better (e.g. Xanax is a film coated tablet, while some generic alprazolam doesn’t haveth film coating, easier to take subdermally or to crush it).
    Thanks bro! I am self medicating to the max coz I want to get well soon. If they instructions says take 2 tablet 3 times a day, I take 4 tablets 6 times a day. Haha! ๐Ÿ™‚
    dogbone: Heh! Cheers mate!
    This is a really bad case of the flu though, I don’t think I’ve EVER had it this bad. My body aches everywhere.
    Oh, about the rat I was hoping that it would somehow fuse into the H1N1 virus and make it much more virulant and deadly and I’ll be the first one to get it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Of course if helps if I’m still alive to blog about it though. Some Patient Zero survives the experience despite being the first one to get/cause it e.g. swine flu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tamiflu’s a safe bet. It works on all flu so no harm taking it while you’re coughing your lungs out.
    Worry not even if it’s avian or swine. All those publicity overrates H1N1. You’ll be fine. =)

  4. Aww, I’m sorry for ur sickness. See that u’ve eaten lots of snake blood, skin, meat, I’m really worried about that. Take care of yourself aite! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Aww.. Hope you get well soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta toughen yourself up for Melbourne’s winter again ๐Ÿ˜› Any idea when you’re gonna reattempt flying Down Under? ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Poor HB,
    Hey, it’s uneasy to get better when u just had food poisoning recently… i had the same experience in CNY, at first i was happy that i had coz i lost weight!! But after few days, i knew something was wrong, i had flu & cough for several months….
    Try stop eating Chicken or any seafood, and fruits, the cough will be gone soon! Only if u believe in Chinese doctors.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Get well soon!

  7. Well, there actually IS a reported case of H1N1 in Menara Milenium. Several colleagues were sent for check-up to see if they contracted it but luckily it has only been that one girl. You better take care yeah.

  8. so what happened to your melbourne trip? was it a free ticket?
    come on mate, a flu is a flu is a flu. rest and plenty of fluid and sex will fix you right up.

  9. Can you tell me the name of your doctor so I can blacklist him/her ?
    Which fuckwit prescribe Tamiflu as a prevention/precaution ?
    Fuck, don’t these doctors read science journals anymore?
    Totally fucked up doctor.

  10. HB,
    that’s right what you said about generics !sometimes BETTER!
    though my pal and I both had a bad bad time with TEVA “brand”/corporation’s generic WELLBUTRIN two years ago, we took that Teva bupropion and basically we were wired up like speed then crashed and were in a funk all day when we went onto try other generics, we hit jackpot, good stuff.But for benzos I always like the generics too !!
    but hey
    I really want to say
    don’t get down on yourself, like when you stop drinking (tho its a good thing to do !)and/or when you over think and self evaluate. I been doing the same as you , for party some of the same “crystal clear” reasons.
    but we have to remind ourselves, like you said, we are “good people” and furthermore, I just made a new daily checklist for the next month,
    which is about being self-constructive.
    my July 2010 checklist is this :
    and I am going to make 30 xeroxes of it asap.
    TO DO –
    O meditate for ten mins
    O listen to one or more blatantly-happy songs
    O eat a large salad
    O eat fish,fowl,walnuts,chickpeas,or organic beef
    O No binging on sweets today
    O Long cycle ride at 5 PM if no rain
    O Watch Tour De France
    O download 20-40 CDS from rutracker site
    O do not slouch
    O look in mirror and give self 3 compliments
    now this comes NOT after a few weeks of “bein’ bad” but instead after many weeks of just not being very good to myself, and you know how it goes, everything snowballs with momentum and has an effect. I always thought of you as transparent,in the good way, and that your blogging has always had a therapeutic quality for you and that your food and snack and product reviews, your epicureanism, was something that kept you buoyant, head above drowning depths of sorrow, I kind of thought your blogging did that for you to some degree , even in your former complicated days, but it was simple minded of me to read your that way. So, in fact, you do other kinds of things to maintain happiness, but my next guess wouldlnt be that the socializing you do , and man , you have elbowed with so many cute girls I envy that!!! LOL, but, having done a fraction of that , myself, years back , I never got a deep happiness from that , but rather felt hollowed out by it, now 1) forgive me if youve discussed that and I missed it and 2) asians , being more pack animals , with westerners being more often lone wolves, does that mean asians get a deeper depth from just plain hanging with folks ? anyway, as I always say, I am a loyal sixthseal fan and an HB fan, and am sure you will stay on your tracks, and dont forget: you have love from SO many of us fans because you really are a valuable person: usefully insightful, funny, kind and polite towards others, confident but not arrogant, inspiring, and always in one way or another, interesting. I just (re)saw CASINO ROYALE with Daniel Craig as BOND, NOW THAT is a man who is f**cking depressed and lonely to the core, and its so fun to watch him tough things out, its like he was born to tough life out, it almost subsumes anything about him being actually heroic. What do you think about people who simply do not SEEK OUT HAPPINESS ?
    It isnt really everyone’s natural human goal is it ? I dont know, what do you think…..? D

  11. Ry: Yup, it does work quite well. However the combination of meds gives me a queezy stomach and dizziness though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ewen: Haha! It’s not…there’s not DXM in the cough syrup, just antihistamines. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jeff: Thanks mate! Surviving! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vicky: Okay! I think I caught the flu from the office though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    aud: Thanks Aud! T_T
    Yeah, very unfortunate. Haih.
    foodcrazee: Heh! I thought it was third time lucky. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    4th then! ๐Ÿ™‚
    june: Hey June! Yeah, within the next two months! I’ll see ya there k? ๐Ÿ™‚
    fish fish: Thanks fish fish! ๐Ÿ™‚
    polly: I have INTENSE cravings for fruits over the weekend. God knows why. I wanted to eat peaches to be exact. Both the canned ones and the fresh ones…and peach juice. All nectarine cravings. I think I am missing some nutrients. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Simon Seow: Yeah, I’ve been resting the entire weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ali maju no. 1 fan: Yeah, I heard about that. Saw some people wearing the masks too. I think I caught it from someone who was coughing in the toilet cubicle next to me. ๐Ÿ™
    ciki: Thanks! I’ll take all my meds like a good boy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    fresh026: Yeah, it makes life interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m feeling like crap now though. ๐Ÿ™
    Yuen: Okay, will do! I’ll eat more vegetables! L4D! Yup, gotta play that soon, haven’t had some L4D action in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚
    worry: Why padan muka? I’m actually enjoying the flu, if only you can see my grin now. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    rocket: I had to pay airport tax and such, about RM 200+ in total, but yeah it’s a good thing I didn’t go coz of the possibility of being quarantined and it’s just going to get worse (it did).
    shimmers999: Thanks! It usually takes 1-2 weeks to recover from the flu though. ๐Ÿ™
    wrongdoc: Hmm…isn’t that a good idea considering someone in the same building (and floor) just tested positive for H1N1? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Darrell ///StiillBeing////In the Bronx: Hey buddy, I just got your emailed list – I TOTALLY LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s such a great idea, I’m going to try it for myself.
    Well, yeah you’re right to a certain extent – blogging does keep my head above water, the dark recesses of depression.
    Anyway, about the question, I’m not a typical Asian in that sense. Most Asians are, as you rightly put, pack animals.
    I don’t do that. I don’t believe in authority (fuck you all) and no alpha male/female will ever get me to follow nor do I want people to follow me. It’s like that quote “Don’t lead coz I may not follow, don’t follow coz I may not lead”.
    I’m more of an unorthodox Asian – a lone wolf. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now that’s a really tough one buddy…to not seek out happiness. I can’t say I know anyone who does not care about happiness. Isn’t that what life is about? Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. wrongdoc: Hmm…I don’t think it’s useless, it works very well against flu! ๐Ÿ™‚
    june: Yup, will do June! See ya soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
    eddy: Thanks bro, I’ll still be around. Still alive and kicking! ๐Ÿ™‚
    kom: Hmm…probably that’s coz most vaccinnes uses a low dose of the virus to get your body familiarized and fight it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. it’s gonna give u hallucination… i was infected with h1n1 and took tamiflu, couldnt sleep for nights and had severe hallucination. wtf

  14. Mindy: Oh, you got H1N1? How was it?
    Hmm…I didn’t get hallucinations from Tamiflu but then again I didn’t take that large a dose either. ๐Ÿ™‚

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