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Aditu
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Well I used up most of the suggestions from last week and my sinuses are rockhard. My brain is starved for air and this may be a weak Friday Five.

1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?

4. Do you get a flu shot?

5. Create your own sickness question.

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Nope...

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Nope... but I sometimes use it as an excuse to drink whisky...

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Whatever comes to hand first

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Not recently - but I used to when I worked in the city

5. Create your own sickness question.
Does the possibility of a "bird 'flu" pandemic really frighten you? And when was the last (if ever) time you had real 'flu (as opposed to a 'flu-like bad cold).

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Yes, but usually in a milder form than most.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Chicken soup, with 2 or 3 teaspoons of crushed garlic added.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex, otherwise I'd need a handkerchief the size of a boat sail.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Usually.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Q) What's the strangest disease you've ever had, or thought you might have?
A) Malaria (but I didn't have it).

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
I get about a third of them.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Orange juice is nice for the vitamin C, and I occasionally take Cold-Eeze so it'll hopefully go away more quickly.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Yes. Mom's a nurse (neonatal intensive care/transport), so we all usually get flu shots.

5. Create your own sickness question.
How long does it usually take you to recover from a cold?

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Yes. And it often turns into otitis media or sinusitis.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Ginger ale [Smile]

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex. I avoid the antihistamines then, too, as that dries me up and tends to get me all clogged (rather than letting it flow out).

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Yup. And pneumococcal. And I'm thinking about ... Preva-something. Prevents some ear infections, but it seems to be primarily an infant vaccine.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Am I supposed to think up the sickest question I can? That's nasty, dude!

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Magefile: Prevacol? But isn't that a medicine, not a vaccine?

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Magefile: Prevacol? But isn't that a medicine, not a vaccine?

Yeah, that's I was hesitant. I google-jogged my memory: it's called Prevnar, and it gives immunity to the strands of pneumococcus most likely to cause otitis media (middle ear infection). I believe that's a different strand than the usual pneumonia vaccine, but I'm not sure. I'm not sure it's appropriate for me anyway, as it's usually for infants and toddlers. However, I get prolonged ear infections that keep me from wearing a hearing aid in one or both ears on a pretty regular basis (usually 1-2 a year, although these past few months have been pretty nasty) due to several factors, including the fact that my Eustachian tubes never matured or descended. So I figured it's worth having my GP make some phone calls.

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Not anymore. When I was in college I did, and even created a few of my own.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Chamomile tea. I'm nut sure it helps, but it is pleasant.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No. I did the first year I was riding ambulances, and got the flu anyways. Probably because my sick and elderly patients with the flu also had gotten shots and therefore had something that the shot didn't protect either of us from. So after that I gave it up. I hate needles anyway.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Ever gotten sick while traveling?

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Yeah... bread and 7-up

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
kleenex... I don't think I could deal with seeing my boogers smeared over part of the hankie.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No, I believe they are pointless... kind of like getting a chicken-pox shot for your kids: it's better to let them fight it on their own.

5. Create your own sickness question.
What do you do to pass time while recovering from $SICKNESS?

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Yes, inevitably. There are weeks when you can't hear lecturers speak because everyone in the room is wheezing, sniffing and coughing so much.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
My favourite cafe mixes a herbal tea called 'turbo flu fighter kick ass go! team go!' tea... or, er, something like that. It really does the job.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Tissue. I've always viewed handkerchiefs as inherently gross, even if they are better for the environment.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
I would if I could, but when I asked for one at the Student Health Centre, I was told that they don't even offer them for students! Wtf?

5. Create your own sickness question.
Were YOU ridiculously mollycoddled by your Student Health Service at university?

/me is obviously still a bit bitter [Wink]

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
Not usually, but if there is a particularly bad one going round I might catch that.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Homemade honey, lemon & ginger "tea".

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Tissue, but kitchen roll not Kleenex.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No. I think we over-immunise nowadays.

5. Create your own sickness question.
When I am ill, I find wallowing in self-pity very helpful. Do you? [Big Grin]

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No. I only get sick once a year (usually) and when I do they hang on for a long time.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Chicken soup, orange juice, and citrus fruits

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
defanately disposable tissues

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No, immunizing just makes the viruses stronger.

5. Create your own sickness question.
uhm.... no

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No, my immune system is surprisingly kickass.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Whiskey for the throat and sinuses, Coca Cola and wheat toast for the stomach, sleep for anything else.

3. Kleenex or handkerchief?
Kleenex; why would I want to haul around a piece of cloth covered in snoogans all day?

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No, no need here. I never catch what's going around.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Isn't that your job?

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quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
4. Do you get a flu shot?
No, immunizing just makes the viruses stronger.

I hope that was a joke. Antibiotics and immunization work very differently. In fact, vaccines don't just keep you healthy - they help keep you from being a (potentially asymptomatic) carrier infecting the rest of us. See Typhoid Mary for an extreme example of this.

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No, I don't have time to get sick, so I simply don't. When I do get ill, which is rare, I typically get over it faster than the people arround me.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
No. Nothing different in my diet.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex... Putting a used hanky back in your pocket is just gross. Then having to re-use it... YICK!

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Most people I know who get it, get the flu... Imagine that, they put a little bit of flu virus in them and they catch the flu... I don't get the shot, and I've not had the flu for about 7 years.

5. Create your own sickness question.
In responce to TFD's question...
What's the strangest disease you've ever had, or thought you might have?
Crypto, when all of milwaukee had it...
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/water/dwg/Crypto.htm
Since all our water treatment plants have been upgraded.

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:

Were YOU ridiculously mollycoddled by your Student Health Service at university?

/me is obviously still a bit bitter [Wink]

I'm not sure why they even call it Service...

Me: I've had a fever over 101 for four days and your website says to call.

Them: We can see you in four days.

Four days pass...

Me: I've had a fever for a week. I'm defending my senior thesis in two days. You have to fix me.

Them: Go home.

WTF are doctors for anyways??

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No I'm suprisingly healthy that way, but am prone to sinus infections from crud in the air system at work.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
I sometimes make hot and sour soup to drain my head.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenx

4. Do you get a flu shot?
No, but thought about it this year.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Well I'll pick one of the questions. I am actually concerned about bird flu. My great grandfather died in the 1918 epidemic, which actually killed more people than WWI.
I find the deaths in Turkey disturbing as they were young and healthy.

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No, I try to avoid people who have colds.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
My sudafed/orange juice cocktail

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Kleenex

4. Do you get a flu shot?
I think I did once, or maybe I was immunized against something else. I can't remember.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Is there anything you like to do when you are at home, sick and in bed?

Xanthine's question: Ever gotten sick while traveling?

Yes. When I was seven years old I was traveling through California with the family and when we were in San Francisco I got a terrible, head-splitting ear infection. 'Twas no fun [Frown]

TFD's question: What's the strangest disease you've ever had, or thought you might have?

I think I might have a blocked Eustachian tube. Not really a disease, more like a condition. I have a weird pressure feeling in my left ear that sometimes creeps over the left part of my head. I also have a dull wooshing noise in my ear whenever I get this feeling of pressure. I think I need to get it checked out, it's been bothering me off and on for about a month.

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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?
No. Not since we left the residential child care gig. (I wash my hands alot.)

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Chicken soup, with lots of garlic added. Take lots of vitamin C and avoid all sugars and dairy.

3. Kleenex or handkerchief?
Kleenex. Handkerchiefs are not for snot.

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Absolutely.

5. Create your own sickness question. (I'm borrowing from Druid here)
Q) What's the strangest disease you've ever had?
A) Cellulitis. Twice in the past 18 months. I'd never even heard of it before that, and it doesn't sound like much, but hokey smokes, Bullwinkle - it is a nasty!

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quote:
Originally posted by supergoo:
What's the strangest disease you've ever had, or thought you might have?

I think I might have a blocked Eustachian tube. Not really a disease, more like a condition. I have a weird pressure feeling in my left ear that sometimes creeps over the left part of my head. I also have a dull wooshing noise in my ear whenever I get this feeling of pressure. I think I need to get it checked out, it's been bothering me off and on for about a month.

I used to have that (minus the sound effects).
It started when I was taking scuba lessons, and was pretty much a permanent thing for some years, I never got around to seeing a quack about it.
Then one day, there was this loud swooshing sound like water running down a drain, and it got better, all by itself.
Definitely get it seen to (some time in the next few years anyway).

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IANAD, but it sounds to me like you have fluid build up behind your ear drum, which would fit with the blocked Eustachian tube hypothesis. I think the possible treatments for this could include allergy medicines (if your ET is just inflamed) or a tympanoplasty (a hole in your ear drum - either a hole that will drain the ear and then heal in a few weeks, or plastic tubes that will fall out in a year or two). The latter is a bit of a hassle - it's only outpatient surgery, but you can't get water inside your ear, so you have to wear swim plugs when showering - but definitely worth it, as this could be affecting your hearing.

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GarlicGuy, I know I'm not a doctor,but have you been tested for diabetes? Cellulitis is not uncommon for diabetics and to have it twice in a year might be a sign your doctor might want to run some tests.
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Aditu-

Thanks for being concerned enough to post the idea of testing for diabetes.

Actually, as you probably know, cellulitis is most common among the aged and/or those with compromised circulation in an extemity - including diabetics. I am not diabetic, but have impaired circulation in my right leg (the site of both incidents of the disease) as the result of having a major vein harvested 6 years ago for quadruple heart bypass. All it took for the disease to take hold was a spider bite (July '04) and a cat scratch (July '05). I sought medical attention for it early the second time because I knew to watch for internal symptoms even though the external wound was slight.

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Glad you are alright now. I will keep that in mind as my dad has had veins harvested and an aneursym dealt with in one leg.
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1. Do you catch every cold being passed around the office/school?

Rarely, but I've caught two in the last 4 months, which is insane for me -- I usually get 1 a year, 2 tops.

2. Do you have a food that you eat when sick as a cure?
Not really.

3. Kleenex or hankerchief?
Tissues. I'm too cheap to buy brand name Kleenex. [Wink]

4. Do you get a flu shot?
Nope.

5. Create your own sickness question.
Why do so many people down so many effin' medications?

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