So I just really want to rant a bit. Not even about my j-pouch. But about the downside of getting older, getting sick, antibiotics, blah, blah, blah.

I apparently picked up the flu bug from my j-pouch daughter almost two weeks ago. She seemed to get over it in about 4-5 days. Other people have told me similar duration and symptoms: low fever for several days, a day or so of stomach issues, and usually some sinus and or lower respiratory issues. Me? Anymore if I get anything lower or upper respiratory, I am dealing with it for at least a week to shake the virus, and then inevitably have to deal with a bacterial issue (either bronchitis or sinus infection - or both). So frustrating, and lingers so long.

The result: nights sleeping in the recliner because laying flat causes me to cough myself awake, antibiotics - which help cure the bacterial infection and minimize BMs, but also can make things runny to a bad point. Yesterday morning I thought I had a little gas. I thought to myself, "Well, I'd better check on that," and sure enough - it wasn't just gas. Ugh. Same antibiotics, different gut reaction every time it seems.

Anyway, I have much to be thankful for but still get bummed by this stuff.

Steve

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Yuck! I hear ya. Idk why that it does seem to linger as we age. Are you feeling back to normal yet? My eldery (wel, somewhat elderly but not that old ) parents got the flu a few weeks back and it took them weeks to recover (they are still recovering). Some people just bounce back quicker than others. Just be luck you still bounce  

Thanks Bubba. It's been two weeks now, and I am probably 90-95% of normal finally - minus the antibiotic side effects, but that doesn't really count.

Growing up I didn't get sick that often, but when I did get sick - I usually did it up big. I would get fevers that would reach 104-105 sometimes and my doctor would tell my parents to double up on Tylenol and NSAIDs to bring it down. I used to have a lingering fever-induced hallucinatory memory from when I was young. It was so hard to put into words, other than I saw and felt geometric shapes in that episode. Glad I don't get fevers like that anymore.

And yes, two weeks isn't terrible, I suppose - except that my wife and daughter were quite a bit less symptomatic and it didn't last near as long for them. Oh well.

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