Two weeks ago, I went to my regular CXWORX class Saturday afternoon at the gym and then came home to relax. A few hours later I wasn’t feeling well at all and told Tom I’m passing on the wine tonight and am going to rest. By the time I woke up on Sunday, I had a fever, aches and major chills that alternated with full body sweats. The flu had struck and I was miserable.
7 Things you realize after having the flu
Luckily I don’t get sick very often but when I do, it’s not pretty. How do you know I’m really sick? No wine and no gym. Actually I haven’t had a sip of wine since I got sick because even two weeks later I’m still not 100% (flu turned into a bad cold)! What’s worse? I missed the gym for a full week!
Here are 7 thoughts after having the flu:
It takes a long time to feel truly better.
Although my fever was gone in 4 days and I was way better by day 5, my flu turned into a bad cold and it took a long time to feel close to normal. Only today, 14 days after my symptoms started, is my regular appetite/energy level back to nearly normal. Sometimes viruses linger and prevent you from feeling 100% for weeks.
Whether it’s the actual flu virus or just flu-like symptoms, it sucks.
Chills, aches, fever, yuck, yuck, yuck. I stayed in bed as much as I could but had to drag myself out to walk Dagny. I managed but it wasn’t easy. I don’t know if I had the legit flu or just a flu-like virus, but regardless, having the flu knocked me down hard!
Can’t be sure Boiron’s Oscillococcinum really works.
Oscillococcinum is a very popular homeopathic product in France for flu prevention and then shortening the duration of the symptoms once it’s a full-on flu. You pop open a tube and then put the little sugar pellets under your tongue for them to dissolve. I took it once I started feeling sick but not sure it shortened the duration of the flu. How long would I have been sick without Oscillococcinum? I don’t want to know!
You’ll lose strength in a week.
The last time I skipped the gym for an entire week was…. uh…. never? I don’t even know when I’ve been this down and out. Even with stomach bugs, I’ve recovered way quicker but this flu (no stomach trouble thank goodness) was brutal! I feel like my muscle strength took a major dive after not lifting anything heavier than Advil and a cup of juice for a week. First day back at the gym was rough and I had to lift much lighter weights than usual.
Tamiflu isn’t super common in France.
It exists, but unless you have a super severe flu or a compromised immune system, French doctors don’t hand out Tamiflu as easily as American doctors do.
Maybe it’s time to get the flu shot.
After getting knocked down for a week, I think I may consider the flu shot next year. I am not anti-vaccine at all but have heard stories of people getting sick after the vaccination or that it’s reserved for older people. But if it’s recommended by my doc and could possible help me avoid this next year, I’m going to be first in line next flu season. Why the heck not?
Everyone is sick.
Once you get back to your regular routine, you’ll notice that people you come in contact with will have just been sick themselves, are going to get sick, or know someone who was just sick with the flu. France, USA, wherever, seems like tons of people have come down with something!