I think I have the flu. It's kind of mild, but has all the usual stuff like headache, body aches, lots of mucus, exhaustion, mild fever. I am also teaching a 130-student course and we are in week 11 of 13. I have 35 assignments to mark by tomorrow, an exam to finalise by Monday, and an assignment to create today. Fortunately I don't have any face-to-face time today, so I have stayed at home, but if I don't get this stuff done, not only do I miss university imposed deadlines, but I just pile up extra work for myself next week, that will make it impossible for me to prepare my lectures on time. All I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep, or watch trashy TV. Does anyone have some physical or psychological tricks for making yourself work in these circumstances?
When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
I leave for a much much much needed vacation tomorrow that I've been looking forward to for the past two months. As more and more people around me (family, friends, coworkers) have been getting sick during this nasty flu season, I have been super paranoid about getting the flu myself just in time to spoil my vacation. I started feeling really achy and fatigued last night, but maybe it has more to do with other things? [more inside]
Do I really need to stay home with the flu? [more inside]
My clearly ill coworker refuses to go home. [more inside]
I'm sick Metafilter. I'm in a bad way and I want your advice. I have a nasty case of the flu. I visited my doctor yesterday morning, and she diagnosed me with the flu, though the nasal swab test she gave me was negative for Flu A and Flu B.
At the time I thought I was getting better, but now I think I've taken a turn for the worse. I'm contemplating going to the emergency room, and I'd like your advice on how I should decide whether or not to go, when to go, if I should bring someone with me, and anything else I should ask or do.
I know you're not my doctor. I'm going to visit my doctor's sick call hours first thing in the morning if I don't go to the ER. That's in about 11 hours. [more inside]
I have a cold/flu thing. What can I do to speed my recovery as much as possible? [more inside]
My young son probably has the flu, which could strike any day now. Dumb question, but is there anything I can do? [more inside]
I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach. [more inside]
Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
Does anyone else here get sick (flu, fever, etc.) when they have their period? [more inside]
Why haven't I fully recovered from bronchitis, six months later? [more inside]
Can we ask a sick person to leave? [more inside]
My employer just asked us to contact HR if any of our employees are diagnosed with H1N1 flu. Is this allowable under HIPAA? [more inside]
What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
Did the hospital save my blood samples and could they be retested? Would swine flu cause a positive test for regular flu? [more inside]
Does any one have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) horror stories? I am going day 5 and I have never heard of anyone having it longer than 2 days.
With all this flu talk, it got me wondering...I got a really bad case of it back in March. (Doctor confirmed.) Could it possibly have been of the swine variety? [more inside]
YANMDfilter: Do these swine-flu-like symptoms require a trip to the emergency room? [more inside]
At what point should I consider (responsibly) getting myself inoculated with the flu? [more inside]
I'm unbelievably sick, probably from running around in the freezing rain. What can I do to get better by tomorrow? [more inside]
Flufilter: It hit me like a freight train on Friday-went to the doc, and yes, it's the flu. My question for the hivemind is this: Do I try to go back to work tomorrow? [more inside]
How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends).
Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
How to help a baby with the flu? [more inside]
I have a cold, and my mouth tastes yucky. What specifically is happening? [more inside]
I've had the flu for a few days, but woke up with something totally new to me: my nose is numb. Should I be worried? [more inside]
I'm sick of the flu. What will speed my recovery? [more inside]
My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
Medical Advice/Common Sense Filter: This is my second week of having pretty serious flu symptoms. [more inside]
Last Thursday I was diagnosed with the flu. Sunday I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Today is Monday and I do not feel even the slightest bit better. Help! [more inside]
If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]