Candy Rant

"I killed a rat with a stick once."

Monday, March 17, 2008


Bleh. A bad-ass flu. Given that I was at a hospital on 5 separate days last week (with the elderly couple I'm working for...the husband was a patient), I can only imagine what mutant germs I picked up.

So tell me. I know I'm not the only one to have gotten this bitchslapping flu lately. Any hints on how to battle it? I've had a high fever for three days nonstop, super-bloodshot eyes, headache, etc. Aspirin hasn't touched the fever, so Scott called his sister, a nurse, and she told me to slam down massive amounts of Ibuprofin. Which still hasn't helped. I have eaten six popsicles today. Only while eating those do I feel one speck better.

I haven't been this sick and miserable since I got chicken pox. When I was 20.

Back to my supply. Grape, orange, cherry.


  • At 7:29 AM, Blogger Dana said…

    Oh man, nothing to do but ride it out.

    I lived off of gingerale.

    I had to get antibiotics for the secondary infection of bronchitis I developed.

    Which then led to what all women on antibiotics dread.

    Too much info?

    Praying for you...

  • At 8:10 AM, Blogger Gail said…

    Go to the doctor to see if you have something requiring antibiotics. Ask for pain medication. And remember that a bad-ass flu is better than a bad ass-flu.

  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger Citlali said…

    omg. I've seen my Sweetie and my coworkers go through this one. It really is worse than the usual flu. I take collostrum capsules and drink EmergenC in huge quantities to keep it at bay and this also helps shorten the duration if you don't catch it in time. Tons of hot tea, whichever you want, will keep you hydrated and make your lungs and synuses feel good. Hey, I'm glad the popsicles work too!! Hope you get well soon!! Hugs = ]

  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    Not TMI, Dana. But at this point I'd take the dreaded problem and clear that up too.

    Gail, I'm definitely asking for pain meds.
    So far, no ass-flu. Knock on wood.

    Citlali, I've never heard of EmergenC but will get some. Going to the doctor in 2 hours. Thank God.

  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The flu. . . food poisoning . . . all the same in the end. Wishing you would die and worrying that you might?? . . yup. . . familiar. We have all been there. Nasty. I hope you are feeling well again soon Candy. Popsicles are a great way to keep the fluids going into you. And then you can barf different colors - gag me grape, upchuck cherry, over the toilet orange. Sorry. I guess there is nothing funny about being that sick.


  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Tony from the Bronx said…

    OMG Candy! This is horrible! All best wishes--keep us posted. Incidentally, could you send me pics of the ... well...the popsicle stuff, you know? Plain brown wrapper please.

    What do I mean? ...well, I don't really ... OK OK, I withdraw my request.

    Now,threats are childish--I'm sure you don't know how to make ricin from castor beans. I was just joking anyway. Just forget that I ever wrote.

    Incidentally, isn't it great that that sexual prevert Spitzer finally got exposed for the creep he is?

  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    every 6 hours the motrin, advil and then at the four hour mark add in asprin. two hours later time for motrin.
    Wash it down with a lot of fluids (clear liquids) and rest...

    (kel - rn)

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    DANG. No puking with this flu, so I missed the technicolor!

    Maybe next time. :)

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    Ex-Governor Spitzer,

    Here you are again. Pretending to be Tony. SHAME on you.
    I know you're not really Tony, because Tony already HAS the popsicle photo shoot in his possession. Duh.

  • At 10:52 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    Thank you, Kel! How great to have an RN's input on this.

    It's odd that a few years ago, no one would ever "mix" aspirin and ibuprofin and Tylenol. Now it seems like the thing to do.

    I'll try ANYTHING at this point.

    One deeply annoying thing: my doctor told me that ALL codeine cough syrups have been taken off the market in the U.S. because parents were giving it to their kids.

    I LOVE paying for the mistakes of stupid parents.

    Codeine to babies: how very Britney.

  • At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Have you sacrificed a goat? Because that's where you should start. Then you'll need to go to Sister Ashley and find out who's been putting pins in your doll and have a counter curse put on them. This costs, but it's worth it. Now in cases of ass-flu, there's a complicated dance involving feathers and paint and fire which your husband would have to perform under the light of the full moon. So I'd stay away from ass flu. Time to go check on the newts. Grilled newt. Mmmmm. Nummy.

  • At 7:48 PM, Blogger prairie biker said…

    Ibuprofen, whiskey and grapefruit juice. repeat every 4 hours.

  • At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Had the same thing you had dear. No puking just 18 glorious days of misery. Felt like the inside of my head was bigger than the outside. My eyes would have felt better if I'd poked them out. Hope you're better.


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