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Influenza? Nope.

Thursday 9 October 2008

“Everyone always thinks they have ‘flu. It sounds more important. One gets more sympathy. The trouble with a catarrhal cold is that it is hard to glean the proper amount of sympathetic consideration from one’s friends.”

– Hercule Poirot, speaking in Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party.

Influenza is caused by a virus. It hurts and gives you a high fever. You will feel very ill for a few days, may be weak enough to need three weeks off work, and could end up with depression afterwards. Flu can, if you’re very unlucky, kill.

A cold, even if you’re very unlucky, is a cold.

So drink water, eat to your appetite, be hygienic with your snotty tissues and enjoy your colds.  ;0)

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  1. thebeardedlady permalink
    Tuesday 21 October 2008 6.38 pm

    I had flu recently, with viral tonsilitis, laryngitis and conjuntivitis. It was extremely unpleasant.

    However, my usual ailment is man flu… a mild cold with exaggerated moaning features. (I’m a lady, but I don’t see why men should have the monopoly on being pathetic in illness.)

    Horrible, the real thing. I’ve had it a couple of times, and mastitis was the first experience that taught me what ‘flu-like aching’ actually is. I’ve known real tonsillitis to be terribly painful too.

    I have to admit man-flu is more fun than most other illnesses. I do feel superior knowing i’m clear on the difference though. ;0)

    – mand

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