So my partner caught the virus at work and, predictably, I got it from her.
Day 1: I think I’m coming down with something.
Day 2: I’m sick.
Day 3: I’m sicker. Fever and aches. No energy. Cough.
Day 4: I’m really sick and I’m not getting out of bed. Fever, aches, bad cough. Energy? What’s that? Rolling over is a project. Watching TV is too much work.
Day 5: Slept (not rested, slept.) until 4:00 pm, then laid on sofa. Fever gone. Cough worse. Back to bed at 10:00.
Day 6: Slept until noon. Feel ok as long as I don’t move. Cough a little better. Watched the news this evening. Schools are closed because half the kids are out sick. Pictures of children in hospital beds. Interview with a man whose life was saved only by use of an experimental antiviral drug. All the reporters are shocked and amazed. They seem stunned that people are dying from influenza.
Hello? Has the world forgotten 1918? Was anyone at all listening last year when public health officials told us that there was going to be a dangerous outbreak? Am I living in some kind of alternate reality? Yes, influenza kills people. This has been going on for centuries. Why are we shocked that it’s happening yet again?
Then came the news that really was shocking: reported, of course, very matter-of-factly. 70% of people in my state say they do not plan to get the H1N1 vaccine. 70% oblivious to the danger! 70% putting their children at great risk. Now I was the one who was stunned.
Looks like we’re in for a doozy of an epidemic. Hope I’m wrong.