Last weekend SM came home sick from Jersey with the creeping crud.
His throat was so sore, he went to the Dr on Monday thinking he might have Strep.
No, but the Dr did say something interesting. "Did you get a flu shot?"
(We both get Flu shots every year after having had a bad episode ten years or so ago.)
The Dr went on to say that since this years flu mutated from the expected virus that went into the flu shot, that he's been seeing patients that have all the symptoms of flu, except having a fever.
"I've seen this over and over again. I expect that the flu shot is giving you some benefit (IE: no fever). As a result your flu experience will likely be milder than those folks who didn't get the flu shot."
SM was given Rx's for a Z-pac, inhaler, codeine cough syrup and told to buy Mucinex. He was down for the count for about 4 days but has gone out on business calls the last 2 days.
"How do you feel?" I asked him last night.
"The sore throat is gone. It's all in my head and chest now." He still sounds terribly congested.
"Well, Dr R (my Boss who is also out sick) went to Urgent care and was diagnosed with flu, bronchitis, sinus infection and an ear infection."
"Did she get the flu shot?" SM asked.
"I can't begin to imagine how bad she feels right now." SM replied sympathetically.
Yesterday I was talking with another of my Dr's when he said..."I think I may have Strep. I've got a fever and white spots on the back of my throat." He then headed out to get his own diagnosis.
Pick your poison. Do I want flu, Strep or bronchitis? I'm tossing extra vitamins down my throat and boiling water to get the humidity up in the house hoping to skip by this party.
I'm a little congested and my throat is just a bit scratchy. Sigh.
Time will tell.
Stay well, Y'all...