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Monday, January 23, 2006

Sympathy Please

Sorry I haven't responded to all of your wonderful comments on yesterday's post.  Shortly after arriving at work yesterday I realized I had the flu... turned around and came home.

Since arriving home I have been alternately shivering and sweating in my bed while Zahava doses me with yummy soup (she always keeps 6 - 8 quarts of various kinds of homemade soup in the freezer... y'know, just in case we need to ride out a pogrom or something).

Just for the record, I am the word's biggest baby when I'm sick.

For those of you in the medical profession, rest assured I've already been to see a doctor.  I was sitting across from him in the examination room and he said, "Nice fever you have there!"  Mind you he hadn't taken my temperature yet.  When I asked him about this apparently miraculous diagnosis he said that he could feel the heat radiating off of me from two feet away.

He said that he would have liked to put me on TheraFlu, but he doubted any pharmacy would have it in stock.  Apparently, when the avian bird flu showed up virtually next door in Turkey there was a run on both TamiFlu and TheraFlu.  He ended up prescribing something called Paritrel (Amantadine Chlorhydrate) which he said worked every bit as well but tended not to be hoarded because it lacked the brand name recognition of the other two preparations.  The interesting thing is that Paritrel seems to also be prescribed as an anti-parkinson agent.  hmmmmm...  I suppose I should be grateful that it doesn't have mutually complimentary side-effects like excessive drowsiness and incontinence.

OK, I must be hallucinating to have thought any of this would be remotely interesting to you.  Back to bed.

I don't think I'll be spending much time in front of the computer today, but if you are so inclined, words of sympathy will be gratefully accepted.220_21

Posted by David Bogner on January 23, 2006 | Permalink


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Refuah Shleima....

I was going to comment on the 1 pound decrease that I just noticed today, but I see that is almost a week old...and this Flu will probably help it go down.


Posted by: Safranit | Jan 23, 2006 11:45:24 AM

Get well soon. Re sympathy, I am sorry - I know for sure that I am the greatest unrecognised sufferer when a flu or just a cold comes upon me, and there is absolutely no one in the family to pay attention. So I shall hoard all the sympathy I can for my next flu.

Posted by: SnoopyTheGoon | Jan 23, 2006 11:48:47 AM

You don't live with chickens in the house, I hope. Get better soon (unless you have a big backlog of reading to do, then take your time).

Posted by: AbbaGav | Jan 23, 2006 11:50:51 AM

"Just for the record, I am the word's biggest baby when I'm sick."

You'r not the only one!

Flu can be so nasty. I hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: Frummer??? | Jan 23, 2006 11:57:46 AM

Yes I know, typo. (you're) :-)

Posted by: Frummer??? | Jan 23, 2006 11:59:06 AM

Chicken Soup works wonders. Shkedei Marak top that off.

רפואה שלמה.

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 23, 2006 12:03:49 PM

Feel better, David. And hopefully you don't pass this to the rest of your family! ;)

Posted by: val | Jan 23, 2006 12:42:41 PM

Feel better, David. And hopefully you don't pass this to the rest of your family! ;)

Posted by: val | Jan 23, 2006 12:42:52 PM

Oy. The flu is a real bear. I'm sorry you're sick, and I hope you feel better soon!

The soup sounds like a wonderful idea (kol ha-kavod to Zahava). Some cuddles with Jordan may help, too -- in my experience, pets are wonderful healers.

Posted by: Rahel | Jan 23, 2006 1:46:16 PM

My boss is also out, and several folks around here don't look too healthy this week.

My boss's doctor told him that the wildly fluctuating temperatures this year have allowed a bunch of new bugs to thrive. Yummy.

Refuah Shleimah.

Posted by: Ben-David | Jan 23, 2006 3:32:09 PM

Refuah Sheleimah, Mr. B!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jan 23, 2006 3:36:40 PM

Refuah Sheleimah. (Is that enough sympathy? Or do I have to really pour it on?) Aw. You must feel awful. I really feel terrible for you. (Better?)

Posted by: orthomom | Jan 23, 2006 3:44:35 PM

Refu’a Sheleima!

I wish i had quarts of soup in the freezer for when i get sick...

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Jan 23, 2006 4:11:12 PM

Whatever that is, it is going around. Feel better.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 23, 2006 4:31:17 PM

Poor David. Our family was struck about a week ago, so my sympathy comes from very recent memory. Feel better.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 23, 2006 4:44:13 PM

I got an email from my local health dept telling us not to use Amantidine because our domestic flu is resistant. But that may not apply to the strain you've got over there.

Refuah Shelaimo

Tamiflu and Theraflu are not in any way related, btw.

Posted by: psychotoddler | Jan 23, 2006 5:00:33 PM

awww....Refua Sheleima!

Posted by: Essie | Jan 23, 2006 5:42:26 PM

Let me call upon the kind offices of my personal physician, Dr. Refooie Shloimy, to render assistance to you.

Posted by: Elisson | Jan 23, 2006 6:57:51 PM

get better David.
I am not to worried about you tho -- you're in good hands.

Posted by: lisa | Jan 23, 2006 7:19:33 PM

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Get well soon! We miss you! (Oh, and don't regret missing out on TheraFlu - it's just a yuckier version of Tylenol!) Now, the soup is a whole 'nother story! : )

Posted by: Irina | Jan 23, 2006 7:37:01 PM

Refuah sheleimah, David. Chicken soup works wonders, and I second the shkeidei marak motion. As someone who is truly awful at being sick, my sympathies are complete and genuine. Some deep soul music and hot chocolate always help me:


Posted by: mcaryeh | Jan 23, 2006 8:47:46 PM

Cakes, pastries, cookies, soup you must have a big freezer.
Feel better.

Posted by: Lisoosh | Jan 23, 2006 9:09:55 PM

just read your previous post and I can only repeat the sentiments expressed by all the other readers I would only add
שתזכו להובילה לחופה ולמעשים טובים
Our 2nd grandchild is due (please God) in Israel this summer.Family semachot are so wonderful. Make sure (as I know you do) to take as many pictures as you can. My youngest (17) hopefuly about to go to Yeshiva next year, has always hated having his pictures taken - to night he looked with pleasure at many pictures of his I took when he was younger - the same pictures he tried to stop me from taking. Have a full a speedy recovery. yaffa

Posted by: savta yaffa | Jan 23, 2006 10:00:15 PM

"Tamiflu and Theraflu are not in any way related, btw."

That's not entirely true. They rhyme. I often confuse Tylenol with ethanol.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 23, 2006 10:54:57 PM

I often confuse Tylenol with ethanol.

That must do wonders for your patients. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Jan 24, 2006 12:52:42 AM

Feel better, David! Remember, you'll get no kisses from me until you're fully recovered; now if that isn't a good incentive, I don't know what is!

Posted by: Don Radlauer | Jan 24, 2006 1:04:26 AM

Stay in bed. Sleep sleep sleep and sleep some more. Lots of fluids and massive doses of vitamin C. Sorry you're sick. I would further advise a flu shot next year. I get them every year as I have accute asthma and the flu can kill me. I NEVER get the flu any more.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 24, 2006 1:14:08 AM

Oh feel better!
My husband and I got the flu at the same time this year.
Shabbos morning I hauled myself out of bed... I took out challah, chicken, and a bottle of grape juice and told my kids they were on their own!

Posted by: Shifra | Jan 24, 2006 1:49:56 AM

Ruf-ee-yu Shul-ey-mu (all U's pronounced as in the first letter of Uruguay) (chassidish dialect)

Posted by: Shevy | Jan 24, 2006 2:27:24 AM

Seems to me I remember you breaking up with a girl way back when because of her oversolicitousnous while you were sick.

Posted by: jordan Hirsch | Jan 24, 2006 2:31:52 AM

"I am the word's biggest baby when I'm sick."

I thought my husband held that title! I always find it so validating when the thermometer registers a good, solid fever. What could be worse than feeling like cwap and not having any proof to back it up? Well, get well quick!

Posted by: Ayelet | Jan 24, 2006 3:54:18 AM

Refuah Shleima!
I had the flu 2.5 weeks ago, then just when I thought I was getting better, I got bronchitis. I know how icky the flu is. I hope you feel better soon.

Posted by: Faye | Jan 24, 2006 5:29:06 AM

Sorry I am so late with this but hope you feel better soon. Rest, rest, rest- and drink lots of water! Flush those toxins down the drain!

Posted by: Regina Clare Jane | Jan 24, 2006 6:12:25 AM

TLC is the best medicine there is (and no, I am not a doctor, I am a Jewish mother!)

Refua Shleimah

Posted by: westbankmama | Jan 24, 2006 9:18:14 AM

i also wish you much quick recovery. our health dept in the us DID send out a notice that amantidine was not useful this year, but i'm pretty sure it DID say homemade soup was VERY effective...

Posted by: suzie | Jan 24, 2006 10:20:21 AM

Get better soon!!!

Posted by: Yael | Jan 25, 2006 10:06:14 PM

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