Sunday, 22 November 2009

A Medical Experiment-Porkie Flu-Day Five

Day five on the “T” drug, seems much longer, more like 120 hours, temp still normal, still ache a bit, still feel weak, but the hacking cough has mostly subsided.

Still have a headache and sinus pain, and still have the “funny” taste in my mouth, but overall I feel much better.

Has the Tamiflu made any difference? Not sure but I think that the cough would have been much worse and persisted longer without it.

I know that most blogging Doctors are not in favour of Tamiflu and think that it makes very little difference if any, but I would like to say that if it is Swine Flu (and I still don’t know) or even “Seasonal Flu” every little helps, the stocks held have I presume been paid for and the side effects, for me at least have been minor, so before consigning it to the bin.

A snippet from: Walk a Mile

If I could be you, if you could be me
For just one hour, if we could find a way
To get inside each other's mind

If you could see you through my eyes
Instead your own ego
I believe you'd be
I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

These five posts have not been an endorsement of Tamiflu, more of a diary of a bad week, for some “Swine Flu” is mild, for others severe, the side effects of the drug can be the same, mild or severe, but what we must remember is that people are different, some may refuse the drug, and some may take it, it depends on that person.

For me one of the reasons I took Tamiflu is that I live alone, as do millions of others in the country, and if things took a turn for the worst I would be right in the brown runny stuff, I managed to catch the flu back in 1968 and spent five days “out of it”, and several weeks unable to function, but then I had “M” who looked after me, now I don’t, so self preservation was part of the reason for my “experiment”.

As the old saying goes “you pays your money and you takes your choice”, I did and have, for me it was a chance worth taking.




Angus Dei politico


James Higham said...

If it struck, perhaps I'd have a different view but I'm with the doctors on this. If it is only a pacebo, fine, let's do it but it seems to be mroe than a pacebo - it seems to contain nasties and these have been reported on worldwide. It seems the best course not to do it.

angus said...

As I said James, it is a personal choice, I have read the "horror stories" but because of my circumstances I decided to take Tamiflu, and in my case I think it helped.

The thing about tablets/capsules is that you can stop taking them if anything untoward happens, but with regard to the vaccine, there is no way I would have that.

I will see how I feel in a week or so, as tyou know flu of any kind can hang on for a while.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hope you feel better really soon, Angus. I would probably take it as I live alone,too. Because I am asthmatic I get the vaccination here.

CherryPie said...

I am glad you are and the mend. Hope you are feeling much better soon :-)

Devonshire Dumpling said...

This porkie flu is not nice is it? Do you find you still tend to snort and snuffle a lot, or has that stopped now? Do you prefer peelings and apples eaten on the carpet or back lawn or are you back to eating from a plate? Have your nostrils gone back to their human shape?

Still trying to diagnose a man's chill as opposed to a common cold/flu/swine flu and whether I should appear simply to ram an apple into your gob.

angus said...

Thank you Welshcakes, and CherryPie, it really is a nasty little bug-ger:)

DD, in order: yes, yes, yes and no apple thank you.

How's the hangover? :)

Mike said...

There is some interesting data suggesting that keeping your vitamin D level optimal will prevent colds, flu and in particular H1N1 (swine Flu).
Here are links to two interesting articles:

August 2009-Vitamin D3 deficiency and its role in influenza
Sept 2009-More on Vitamin D3 and influenza

If these links don’t work go to and click on ‘In the news” to find these updates.