The 2010 Flu bug is here. I live in Florida and this flu bug took me by surprise this year. I had to work at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first home game at Raymond James Stadium on September 12th. It was ninety-three degrees outside and humid. In stands beer vendors served beer for about four hours in the heat. That night I was exhausted, but felt fine. The next three nights, I had to work the Tampa Bay Rays vs. The New York Yankees series at Tropicana Field. The first night, I was fine until after the ballgame.
I woke up at 4 AM Tuesday morning with a sore throat. I took medicine and went back to bed. I woke up at 6 AM with diarrhea. It was not a good morning. I began to feel somewhat weak. I worked the Tuesday night game with no real problems. I was just tired. The Wednesday night game was different. I had trouble standing up and I had no energy. When the game was finished, I rushed home and fell into bed. The next morning I went to the doctor.
The doctor informed me there was a horrible virus/flu like going around. He prescribed me some medicine including Robitussin D with Codeine. He also told me not to work Thursday night and rest. I followed directions. The doctor actually told me not to work the next three days, but I am stubborn. The Robitussin D with Codeine brought up a ton of nasty phlegm from deep down in my chest. I coughed it up for four days straight. It was horrible.
Seven days later (with medicine) and I am still worn out. I feel somewhat better, but the flu has not left my system. A friend I work with was diagnosed with the flu yesterday. He was told to spend two to three days in bed. He can do that because he doesn’t have any children to run around. I am tired now like you get during the latter stages of the flu. I have no energy and my body still aches. The flu took me by surprise this year and it is a tough bug.
It would be smart for you to go out and get your flu shots early this year. I usually wait until October, but the flu arrived in Florida earlier than I am used to. Don’t get caught with this bug. It is worth the twenty to thirty bucks for you to get the flu shot. I spent thirty dollars on medicine (already) with good insurance. I also lost a day of work and have had to deal with this nasty bug. The flu is nothing to mess around with. The older you get, the harsher the effects of the flu.
The flu bug is here in Florida. It is still in the 90’s outside and I caught the flu anyway. Beware of the flu in your neighborhood. If it made it here to Florida, I am sure it can make it to your part of the woods. I am not one to blame people, but I believe New Yorkers brought this flu with them when they visited us in Florida. They came to Tropicana Field and left us with this horrible bug.
This is how quickly this flu bug gets you this year. You are weak for one day. The next morning, you wake up with a sore throat and possible diarrhea. You quickly lose your energy the first day. On the second day, the flu bug has grabbed you with all its force. You are now ready to go to the doctor, get some medicine and sleep. Don’t let this year’s flu bug get you like it got me. Go get a flu shot. You will be happy you listened to this sick grumpy person living in Florida. And for you New Yorker’s, keep your bugs in New York please.
I have checked the internet for information of flu in Florida in 2010. This year’s flu shot will be affective against three variations of the flu.
“&bull: A/California/7/2009, an H1N1, or swine flu, type.
&bull: B/Brisbane/60/2008.” (TBO.com).
I have found no information about flu actually being in the Tampa, Florida area yet. My friend and I have both been treated for the flu recently. There is a huge push for people to receive their flu shots earlier than normal this year. Trust somebody who is suffering with the flu, get your shots as soon as possible.