Through all this, how could I forget about the diarrhea. I cannot be more than 10 feet away from a bathroom and then occupy 1-2 hours on the toilet each time I have to go. I spend 10-12 out of 24 hours on the toilet every day I have the flu. It is really a rather rancid experience for everyone within a distance of 20 feet and my rear end is so bruised and battered that it is bleeding from the continual wiping.
To top it all off, my internal furnace goes haywire. It starts producing so much heat at my core, but for some reason that heat doesn't pass to my extremities. So I am overheating and sweating on my body while my hands, feet and head are stone cold. I can only imagine that this is what being frozen to death in an active kiln feels like. It takes about a day or two for my body to get rid of the flu. For the normal person, getting rid of the flu marks the end of a painful experience. I still have to deal with my body in Flare-Up mode. This entails quashing the inflammation in my body and then several days of reintroducing my GI tract to MY normal diet. I am apprehensive to eat solid food in fear that I might set off a stronger flare up.
I really hope that this will hit home with some people. When someone asks you to stay away or to call in to work because you are ill, be considerate to everyone involved and do just that. Stay home and get better. We'll all be happier.