My RA Flu Story

Okay… not that anyone is getting as sick of this flu thing as I am… but now that I’m kind of feeling semi human again… it is time to pull together some kind of logical series of events.  Maybe someone will read it and learn from my adventure.

Yeah… I’m feeling more human… it is an adventure…

Wednesday I was feeling like I had a cold… a little congestion… kind of yukky… nothing big… just a cold.  Probably not.  Ah for 20-20 hindsight… Got my Enbrel shot… which went surprisingly well this time.  I’m getting used to them and the side effects weren’t even too yukky…The weird ice thing we had going on meant I worked from home so it was cool.. took my Enbrel even earlier in the day.

Thursday (YOGA day) I went to work.  I had stuff I had to get finished and I was so wanting to get it done and get to my Yoga class… I look forward to Thursdays and Yoga.  By lunch time I knew there was no way I could go to yoga.  I felt horrible and it came on relatively quickly.  I got sent home to work from home and try to get a little rest…

Friday I was working from home because I still felt crappy.  I felt bad enough I actually caved in and made a doctor appointment despite the fact that my ‘regular’ doctor wasn’t available.  It usually has to be pretty bad before I decide to cough it up and go to the doctor.    It was pretty bad.

No fever… interesting…. but when they stuck the giant ear-tip up my nose and it came back positive I was less than thrilled.  The new doctor was kind of concerned about the fact that I’m on Enbrel and I had a flu shot and still tested positive and having a compromised immune system… not so great.

Got a script for Tamiflu… and instructions to call my Rheumy (Sean… her nurse) to verify.

I made it into the Sean queue just a scooch under the “we leave at noon” deadline.  I’m not sure if I’m glad or not.  Sean’s concern was kind of scary.  He asked if I was having symptoms or if I was exposed to someone with Flu or… he wasn’t happy when I told him I tested positive already… Don’t take Enbrel shot… too late… Don’t take the next one until I feel 100% for 3 – 5 days (really?  100%?  I haven’t actually felt 100% in HOW long?)   Eesh.

Boss man gave me permission to rest the rest of the day and get ready to do maintenance Saturday.  Really?? eesh.

I slept

MASSIVE headache on Saturday.  I feel really guilty because I have been worrying bear so badly.  He was really rattled and I feel really really bad about that.  I hate when I worry him.

Today we went for half of our Sunday walk and it was great… and it was awful.  I was exhausted by the time we got home… but it was better.

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