Showing posts with label medical experiment. tamiflu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label medical experiment. tamiflu. Show all posts

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

Saturday, 21 November 2009

A Medical Experiment-Porkie Flu-day four

Woke up this morn absolutely knackered, still have the sinus pain and the tinnitus but my temp is back to normal 36.4C.

Burnt out at about 1pm yesterday and retreated to the bed, slept right through and missed the CIN marathon on BBC1, there are some good things to having flu.

Head ache, back ache and heart ache, but I don’t think the last one has anything to do with being ill, just the strain of life.

Appetite still iffy, no nausea or throwing up, no real side effects from the Tamiflu, but I have had a strange taste in my mouth since yesterday, tastes a bit like the smell of burnt cork.

Only today and tomorrow to go. But so far it has gone OK, I think.

May post later, depends how I feel.




Angus Dei politico

Friday, 20 November 2009

A Medical Experiment-Porkie Flu-Day Three

Woke up early this morn, feeling much better (famous last words), aches have gone, just feel stiff (I wish) and weak, sore throat gone, temp down to 37.8C, still got the sinus pain and sadly the tinnitus.

The cough has gone, and no side effects of trotters cough medication, no nausea or up-chucking, apart from some projectile runs but that may be down to the Lemsip.

I will continue to take the Tamiflu for the required time and although I hate to say it, it seems to be helping.

But cynic that I am there is still time for it all to go tits up.

Proper post to follow.




Angus Dei politico

Thursday, 19 November 2009

A Medical Experiment-Porkie Flu-Day Two

Still haven't changed the date on the camera'

Slept OK-ish last night, woke up with a headache, blocked nose, sinus pain, aching muscles and a temp of 39.6C(up) but the cough seems to have lessened.

The appetite is shot now, don’t feel hungry at all, but the Tamiflu should be taken with food, so I had a milky coffee to wash it down.

In the interests of science I will not be taking any Lemsip today, just Paracetamol which I know lowers the temperature and helps with the aches, and of course the anti trotters cough miracle drug Tamiflu.

No nausea or vomiting to report, but one interesting “side effect”, the tinnitus I have put up with for five years went away last night, but it has returned this morning.

All in all I feel worse today, but I am sure that the wonderful “T” drug will have me leaping about in no time, or not.

Still don’t know if it is “seasonal” or swine flu and being diagnosed by computer and told to stay in it is unlikely I will ever find out, unless of course I come down with it again (whatever it is) in which case I can’t get more Tamiflu and I will have to visit the doctor to get anti-virals but as I won’t be able to go out for five days or so it seems a bit pointless.

Which also leaves me in a quandary regarding the “Flu Jab” which is normally given to me on my “review” at the Docs in November, do I don’t I?

Live is a sneeze and then...............

Many thanks for your well wishes, if I feel better later I may try to do a ‘normal’ post.




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