Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Sneaky Flu
Now for something completely different:
Friends and fellow-fans, has anybody else out there noticed this? For no particular reason, you find yourself being sleepy at odd hours, tired all the time, weak and lacking endurance; there are no other symptoms, except maybe occasionally aching joints -- but this condition hangs on for weeks, and weeks, and weeks, making it hard to do anything above basic daily maintenance. It's rather like Mononucleosis, but milder.
I noticed this a few weeks ago myself, and I might have thought it was just getting old, except that Rasty felt it too. Hmmm. A few questions revealed that my neighbor Sharan had it too. Okay, maybe it was a local cold. Then I got reports from my old pal Chris, who lives in Wisconsin -- a good thousand miles away -- and whom I haven't met in person for years. Hmmm, indeed.
So I'm conducting my own survey here, to see if the problem is nationwide, or whatever. Have any of you out there suffered this? Did you see any doctor about it? Did you get any tests? Did they reveal anything?
I think it's not any bacterial infection, or it would have been noticed. That leaves some kind of virus, probably airborne. Now there are no broad-spectrum antivirals known to official (i.e. your insurance will pay for it) medicine, but there are some herbal/folk/naturopathic remedies that have had pretty good successes with virus infections. These include Vitamin C, fresh raw garlic, fresh raw onions, fresh raw cabbage, and various extractions of Feverfew. Rasty and I have noticed that the symptoms slack off whenever we eat pico de gallo with lots of raw onions and garlic -- and maybe the chopped raw peppers help too -- but we haven't cast off the infection completely yet.
Obviously more information is needed. So, everybody out there, check your own health and let me know if you've been suffering from this sneaky flu. Try eating onion-garlic-cabbage-and-maybe-medium-hot-peppers salad, and see if there's a change. And let me know, folks. I think we're hot on the trail of something important here.