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How many people do you know who are sick? (Vanity)
Vanity | Feb. 18, 2011 | piytar

Posted on 02/17/2011 10:46:39 PM PST by piytar

So how many people do you know who are sick with the latest round of cough/flu? And have been for weeks, if not months? About a third of my friends and family are. I was, but I catch just about everything - and then recover quickly thanks to an overactive immune system (which has problems of its own).

So let's go conspiracy theory here: Are we in the middle of a bio attack? After all, I cannot remember when this many people I know spread around the US and two continents were sick the same way this long. But decades of vaccinations - with antibody factors that may be passed down generationally - may be providing a defense.

So what happens when this bug goes global? Oh, wait, it has - it's just not being reported well.

Thoughts?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cough; flu; persistentcough; vaccines
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To: piytar

I been sick on and off since after Thanksgiving. I normally don’t get sick.


51 posted on 02/18/2011 4:02:46 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: piytar

Two weeks ago yesterday, my 13 year old called me (like he is supposed to) to check in when he got home from school. He said he had a headache. That started it for us. By Friday early a.m. he had a croupy bark and a fever of 103. Took him to the doctor got an antibiotic; an rx cough syrup; and a steroid for the croup.

One week to the hour (last Thursday at work) I started getting an awful headache. Then sore throat; then upper chest congestion. The headache lasted thru Sunday. I spent last Fri and Saturday in bed. Slept both days. I worked Sunday, Monday, but have never been so tired; weak. No stamina.

My son also doesn’t feel ‘right’ yet either. I havnt felt this sick in years.


52 posted on 02/18/2011 4:08:13 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Newt Gingrich, he would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sarah Palin.)
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To: piytar

I normally may have a plain old cold about once every three years. I had one case of old gully washer FLU about 30 yrs. ago. JUST SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, I have already had two rounds of flu, a month apart and both cases lasting about two weeks and leaving a residual COUGH. The first round was a teeny bit less caustic than the second round. Don’t know what’s the deal; if it’s my immune system or what. (I caught the last round from someone who had had every vaccine imaginable; she worked in the doctor’s office, manifested symptoms the next day, us (husband had it too both times) in about two days.) Don’t know where we picked up the first round.


53 posted on 02/18/2011 4:17:25 AM PST by Twinkie (Two wrongs don't make a right.)
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To: piytar

I know absolutely no one who has been sick this winter. I thought that was weird. Even my husband who tries to get everything hasn’t been sick. I’m at the gym a lot and nobody I know at the gym has been sick either.

Maybe I just live in a healthy area.


54 posted on 02/18/2011 4:21:45 AM PST by beandog
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To: piytar

Just WOW!!!

Had also been wondering what might be going on. Family members all down the East Coast have been coughing and sneezing since Thanksgiving.

Could it be the weather??????????


55 posted on 02/18/2011 4:24:22 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Vitamin D3? Yes; but not as consistently as I should. Vitamin C, too, is supposed to help keep it at bay.


56 posted on 02/18/2011 4:26:07 AM PST by Twinkie (Two wrongs don't make a right.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I have to take Cacitriol which is active vitamin D. Got sick and was down for the count for two days right after the Super Bowl, then crummy for three more days. Since then, I feel just fine (relatively speaking.) But another gal that was at our Super Bowl party had been sick for four weeks and still trying to get over it. I might have gotten it from her but I got over it quickly and without bronchitis. I swear it’s the vitamin D that’s helping my immune system.


57 posted on 02/18/2011 4:32:23 AM PST by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Ladysmith

Drippy sinuses since just after Thanksgiving. Same thing last year and the year before. I live in south Florida and just assumed it was because of the colder than usual winters...

CC


58 posted on 02/18/2011 4:39:36 AM PST by CapedConservative (Stop Obama)
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To: beandog

Maryland... no one that I know has this type of severe cough/cold thing. However, I saw that Pennsylvania has it... so it will get here. Take care everyone who has it.... honey does soothe a throat.


59 posted on 02/18/2011 4:48:34 AM PST by momtothree
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To: piytar

Two packets of Emergen-C and 7000 IU’s of D3 per day. I ran out a month ago and had to wait for my Vitacost order. When it got to my house, I already had the stomach flu. Since that episode I’ve made sure that I don’t run out.


60 posted on 02/18/2011 4:48:54 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: CapedConservative

Got it two and a half weeks ago. Mine started with a little cough, fever and chills and then a terrible cough. I thought I had broke ribs by the end of the the lst week coughing so hard and it sounded like I was barking! Still have the wheezing in the lungs that makes me cough uncontrollably but feel better. I had the flu shot back in Oct. but this must be one that the shot didn’t cover. Haven’t been this sick in over 10 yrs.


61 posted on 02/18/2011 4:51:17 AM PST by Bassfire (Remember the Alamo!)
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To: Twinkie

See my post #60. Vitacost.com has the best value by far.


62 posted on 02/18/2011 4:51:59 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: piytar

Republic of Panama here.

Many, many sick folks around me betweem October and end of December. Some got it twice.

Mine went into bronchitis, and 3 months later I am now feeling normal again.

I never, ever get colds or the flu or take shots for prevention. I had been through some surgery and didn’t count or think about my defenses being down, or I would have stayed home rather than going to the supermarket, etc. and exposing myself to crowds of sick people.

Talking to a friend in Italy (Milan) a couple of weeks ago. Her husband was quite ill with a flu in January.


63 posted on 02/18/2011 5:04:52 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Lazamataz

I’m not sick at all. But your post made me feel great. THanks.


64 posted on 02/18/2011 5:05:35 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: piytar
Are we in the middle of a bio attack?

No.....I only know of one person being sick as compared to lots in years past. Looks to me like all those past vaccinations are working.....

And if there was a bio attack it would have been last year to coincide with the global H1N1 pandemic that for some strange reason never occured. Or maybe it did and they picked up all the dead bodies lying on the sidewalks at night when most people were sleeping......Now that was a well kept secret.

65 posted on 02/18/2011 5:13:37 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: piytar

None. SE Az.


66 posted on 02/18/2011 5:42:15 AM PST by CPOSharky (Posted with 100% recycled electrons.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
In Dallas, had flu shot, got flu anyhow (not cold) for probably first time ever. Can't recall ever being that sick. 102-103 fever for four days. Horrible. Missed more work that week than in past ten years combined. Many of our pro athletes here are even missing games because of it.
I've always thought people with flu were wimps. Not now.
I was so sick with it I now understand how it can kill thousands of people. Its been a month and just now feel like my energy is back. I figure its either added or taken away five years of my life depending on how you view the immune system.
67 posted on 02/18/2011 5:48:29 AM PST by Treeless Branch
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To: piytar

Yep, The wife and I have both had it. Lasts forever. We’ve coughed for the last two months. We seem to be on the upswing now. It’s bad stuff and practically everyone I know has had it, most more than once. It definitely peaks, then ebbs, then comes back.


68 posted on 02/18/2011 5:58:30 AM PST by 762X51
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To: piytar
I've had it since Monday....finally got to the doctor yesterday...
...he said he's been inundated for the past 3 weeks...

..I was also sick in the middle of December (& I rarely get viruses or colds)....the doctor's nurse said she had it for a month!

..so I'm on my second round of antibiotics in 2 months.

This is a strange one....
...first 3 days, aches, scratchy throat, low grade fevers in the evening....90.1, 99.5, and 100.4....

...then the coughing started.....

Now I'm on a Z-pack....and cough medicine with codeine...

A very strange virus.

Essentially it's what works for you.....I'm drinking lots of orange juice, taking Ibuprofen and using Vick's vaporub....probably a hudifier would be helpful too....

...bandaid therapy for whatever helps....

69 posted on 02/18/2011 6:06:09 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: who knows what evil?
I take Vitamin D-3.....2000 iu per day.

I rarely get sick....

..refused to take a flu shot this year....(son-in-law took a flu shot and still got the flu 2 weeks ago....)

He was at my home the night he came down with it.....and my granddaughter was also sick and accidentally coughed in my face...

..therefore....I have a variation of what most of the folks on this thread is talking about....

70 posted on 02/18/2011 6:14:31 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: piytar

About half of the people I know and the lingering cough goes on for months; odd thing is most of them are their second or even third round with this crud. Very strange. Took me 10 weeks to beat it.


71 posted on 02/18/2011 6:17:02 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ ( "Hokahey, today is a good day to die!" Crazy Horse, Lakota Sioux)
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To: piytar

I take Vit D3, Vit C, Olive Leaf w/enzymes and Colloidal Silver every few days. Haven’t been sick in going on 6 years. Not even a sniffle. My daughters in the Navy with all their vaccines? They are sick every other month, it seems.


72 posted on 02/18/2011 6:17:34 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: Treeless Branch
The last time I had the real flu was 38 years ago....

..I was 'out of it' for 3 or 4 days....also my husband....

73 posted on 02/18/2011 6:18:49 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: aliquando

Love your tagline. We have two Eagle Scouts, one quite successful since moving to Wyoming, and the other a senior at THEE O-HI-O State University. I apologize for the sicko who poisoned your beautiful trees.

Congratulstions to your Star son.


74 posted on 02/18/2011 6:26:02 AM PST by Rannug
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To: who knows what evil?

“Like” your question!


75 posted on 02/18/2011 6:30:04 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: trustandobey

“I”ve been coughing since then with excessive green phlegm. Now it is coming out my eyes and they are red”

Pure damn YUK. :-) Hope you fully recover very soon.


76 posted on 02/18/2011 6:35:36 AM PST by Rannug
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To: piytar

no one in my family or social circle. i guess some people in my ofc have been sick but i work in a large ofc and it’s winter, so that seems pretty normal to me. i haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary on the sickness front. knock wood, i haven’t had so much as a cold all season. but i attribute that to taking Vit D supplements, and i have my family taking them too.


77 posted on 02/18/2011 6:37:35 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

It just seems that in my circle among those who take a steady regimen of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) ranging from 2000-5000 IU daily; no one has gotten sick. Small sample, I’ll grant you; but still interesting.


78 posted on 02/18/2011 7:22:15 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: piytar

No one is my house, but we all are covered with high doses of vitamin d, and some c, so we get exposed but rarely catch viruses.

Also, decades of vaccines actually have hurt our immune systems in a low chronic way. Meaning more people than ever are susceptible to chronic neurological problems later in life from having stressed our I mine systems so much.


79 posted on 02/18/2011 7:25:43 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: piytar

No one here is sick. I have my usually allergies that keep me congested, coughing and generally tired. I’ve heard the same from a lot of people. It seems allergy season is in full swing here.


80 posted on 02/18/2011 7:34:36 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: who knows what evil?
How many complaining about these symptoms on this thread take Vitamin D3?

Yes, how many of you who are or got sick take your proper dose of vitamin d3? Catching viruses is a symptom itself, of being deficient In vitamin d!

Remember to go get your d level tested with a blood test. You want to have a therapeutic dose, and to know what that is, you need to get tested a couple times until your supplementation gets your blood level of d3 above 60. That is the normal virus and cancer prevention level, if you have cancer or anything xhronic, you might want to be as high as 70 or 80. I actually have to take 15,000 units a day to get to 60. Even living in a sunny clime does not help me. But I don't catch anything any more. Go get tested. Not getting sick is worth it.

81 posted on 02/18/2011 7:34:54 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: piytar

So let’s go conspiracy theory here: Are we in the middle of a bio attack?

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Yes, but not the one you think. This is actually be caused by the doctors, who are afraid that Obamacare is going to ruin their income potential, so they are intentionally making people sick (how clever, some use the flu, some the stomach bug, some the lingering cough) so as to increase the number of insurance reimbursements and copays they get. The fact that they are using so many different types of ailments covers up the conspiracy.

t-i-c


82 posted on 02/18/2011 8:46:36 AM PST by dmz
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To: Yaelle

level above 60? I thought 50 was the bottom.....but, I agree that taking high doses when you are sick is helpful. AND, getting tested should be a mandatory these days. People would probably save beaucoup dollars if they got tested and brought themselves up to appropriate levels.


83 posted on 02/18/2011 9:02:27 AM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: SamiGirl

My case exactly.


84 posted on 02/18/2011 10:54:43 AM PST by babyfreep
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To: Lazamataz
Really commiserate that you have acquaintences there. I've seen enough of the former director Dr. Julie Goeberding (hell I don't know how it's spelled) to know something ain't right there. Wouldn't surprise me if she's still in charge as Zero's minion.

If she's not enough, how about those other 'doctors' that have perpetual studies of how guns, wife-beater T-shirts, et al are a 'health' problem. I don't even want to hear how CDC is this or that - I've seen e-effing-nuff already! I took one of their damned swine flu shots in the mid 70s and ended up with pleuresy, widespread pain, and other symptoms that persisted for DECADES! I'm not interested in any response to this. I know what I need to know2.

85 posted on 02/18/2011 11:04:52 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
I'm going to respond, in direct contradiction to your demand.

I LIVE ON THE EDGE, BABY!

86 posted on 02/18/2011 11:12:38 AM PST by Lazamataz (Scott Walker: Please FIRE.... then APPOINT... then VOTE.)
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To: Lazamataz
And, I respond in kind - although it wasn't a demand, just that I wasn't interested in hearing responses.

I have no quarter with you. However, I've lived long enough in the shadows of CDC and the publicity seeking efforts of (I'll grant you this) some of them to take advantage of prevailing liberally-urged forays into 'junk science' for the sake of funding to become painfully (really) aware of the drawbacks.

That said, I suggest that we both just enjoy the impending weekend. Good tidings, salutations and best wishes to you.

87 posted on 02/18/2011 11:21:10 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer
I love you.

Let's cuddle.

88 posted on 02/18/2011 11:23:59 AM PST by Lazamataz (Scott Walker: Please FIRE.... then APPOINT... then VOTE.)
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To: Lazamataz

Yeah! I know you’d like that.....


89 posted on 02/18/2011 11:40:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Guenevere
Now I'm on a Z-pack....and cough medicine with codeine...

The guy I mentioned that was the only one I knew who was sick with this took the Z-pack and cough medicine too..........

It's a virus despite it's severity to you and lesser severity in others and it will not be cured by drugs but rather your own body over time.

In years past I've taken the Z for the same ailment you have and since then when I contracted the same ailment and did not take the Z, there was absolutely no difference in the recovery period..........

Taking these Z-packs or whatever drugs will have absolutely no effect on your your ailment, they are viruses. The best thing for you to do is to take vitamins or whatever to help your body stay strong while it fights the virus.......

As for prescription cough syrups, yes, they work and help you get the needed sleep you need...........

As a side note and not a topic for discussion but rather an observation, I am a lifetime smoker and while I do have a minor chronic cough due to the habit, all the respiratory illnesses that have come thru over the past number of years that I have contracted have not affected me to the same extent that the people I know that contracted the same illness and do not smoke.

My own personal opinion is that my constant smoking has forced my immune system to work overtime and thus enable it to successfully fight the viruses which fly into town each year.......

90 posted on 02/18/2011 3:22:12 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: piytar

I took a person with a sprain to the ER last night. There was only one patient in the wating room who appeared to have anything like an acute respiratory illness — all the others were obviously different kinds of medical situations. In fact, I tried to post a coment from there but it didn’t “take”.


91 posted on 02/18/2011 3:26:43 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: piytar
2 bout's of...whatever...since Christmas. Before, 1-2 colds in 10 years.

However, with my new kitty(and the scars that came with it's sharp little claws)...could be cat scratch fever(no, not the Ted Nugent variety...the real thing).

Weird stuff though.

92 posted on 02/18/2011 3:31:57 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
All due respect, that's your opinion...

I've been going to the same ENT for years and have tremendous respect for him...

..he doesn't prescribe antibiotics unless it's called for.

93 posted on 02/18/2011 4:00:57 PM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: Yaelle
My D levels are low, so I take the Vitamin D3....
..but my resistance is down...(my doctor says) because my dad is in a dying state under hospice care....
..and I am constantly at the nursing home....
94 posted on 02/18/2011 4:06:54 PM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: Guenevere

Yeah, I am so sorry. That is a very stressful situation so can affect your immune system. I’m sorry about your dad. Well, keep taking the D, add some c , and zinc if you have cold symptoms, because you still need to keep well while caring for him.


95 posted on 02/18/2011 4:13:25 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
Thank-you....I'm trying.
..I also take daily fish oil.
96 posted on 02/18/2011 4:18:43 PM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: goodnesswins

Actually, taking vitamin d once you are sick is shutting the barn door after the horse escaped. You need to be taking it all the time to prevent getting sick.


97 posted on 02/18/2011 4:20:58 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: piytar

11.


98 posted on 02/18/2011 4:22:10 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Yaelle

Well...yes...I take about 7000iu a day...but, if I got sick I wouldn’t hesitate to pump it up to 10,000iu...for a day or two (my level is finally around 53)


99 posted on 02/18/2011 5:44:53 PM PST by goodnesswins (I'm not a great man....I just believe in great ideas! Ronald Reagan)
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To: occamrzr06

Mine is chronic sinusitis, but I also have body aches, cough that won’t quite go away, headache, and major stomach problems. My immune system is low though because of my thyroid cancer. My body is taking a lot longer than even my doctor expected to adjust to being thyroidless.


100 posted on 02/18/2011 7:03:45 PM PST by StayoutdaBushesWay (We danced around with Borealice. We're space truckin' round the the stars.)
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