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TOMORROW’S CLEANING NOVEMBER 09
My Swine Flu Diary
By Charlotte Taylor
MOST OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT I WAS STRUCK DOWN WITH THE DREADED
SWINE FLU LAST MONTH. SO, I WOULDN’T BE A TRUE JOURNALIST IF I DIDN’T LAY
DOWN SOME OF THE FACTS AND TELL YOU JUST WHAT IT WAS LIKE...
Call doctor and wait anxiously for call-back so Spent day on the sofa under my duvet
he can “diagnose me” over the phone. watching Loose Women and wishing I had
Just got off the phone to be told I have swine
some Disney movies on DVD. Started to feel a
flu, or in technical terms, H1N1 Influenza. Told
bit sick and wondered what on earth I was
that, under no circumstances am I to attend
getting now.
work or really go outside. I am prescribed
Look suspiciously at Tamiflu leaflet and read
Tamiflu, which in all honestly, I am a little wary
with disappointment: “The most common side
of taking.
effects of Tamiflu are nausea, vomiting,
I love my family. Have been deposited with a
diarrhoea, stomach ache and headache.”
“Get Well Soon” hamper - full of water, soup,
Wow. I have a lot to look forward to.
magazines and lovely medicine.
I eye up my Tamiflu warily and decide to take
Day 5
Day 1
the chance. I can’t get any worse. Right?
The weekend has arrived which means I have
some company at last. By company, I mean
Woke up with a banging headache and a sore
Day 4
someone to whinge to while they feed me
throat at 4am in the morning. Crawled into
Woke up this morning and managed to sleep a soup and Lucozade.
kitchen in search of paracetamol and water.
few hours which,
Spent the next few hours shivering on the sofa,
contrary to the way
not wanting to wake up the boyfriend.
it sounds, was
Deliberated over going to work –
good for me at the
Not Well vs Very Busy.
moment.
Not Wellwon. Made the call in to say I was
not coming into the cheery Opus office and
Have no appetite
promptly fell-asleep on sofa.
whatsoever.
I can’t even eat
Day 2
a yoghurt,
Still not feeling well. Couldn’t sleep again and
which I play with
whole body is aching. I can’t stop coughing
like a 2 year-old
and my head could well explode.
before tossing
No work again and I can’t even read my current
into the bin. Have
obsession Twilight and fantasise about the
a cry for a bit
dreamy Edward Cullen, bad day.
which makes me
feel better.
Day 3
What? I am a
Boyfriend is concerned about me and thrusts woman. I have
phone at me, barking orders to call my doctor. feelings.
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