This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Beaulieu who was on the scene.
Eyewitness Report NP Contributor Beaulieu succumbs to Swine Flu
For the last three days I have been suffering with a chesty cough, sore throat, clamminess, chills and headache.
Yesterday, my temperature had soared to 102 degrees so I rang up the Swine Flu helpline. A friendly Scottish man answered it and I kept on asking him what he said as he spoke very quickly in his Scottish accent. I found it hard to speak to him as I was my losing my voice.
I had to answer a list of questions, one of them being 'are you a Man or Woman? He said "I had to say that". Then 'are you having problems with breathing?", just in case they have to arrange for an ambulance. I was also asked to do some Yoga-like contortions and asked if it hurt.
I told him that I had whooping cough when I was younger which strips some of the protective layer of the lungs, though this wasn't mentioned in any Swine Flu leaflet.
He said I would need to take Tamiflu and get a Flu Friend to pick it up, bringing along some ID.
My first Flu Friend refused to do it but my other flu friend said he will, although he thought my situation 'funny'. I have also asked him for some grocery supplies, as one thing about being in quarantine, is that you can't stock up on food, let alone medicines. I had another back-up Flu Friend who was truly remarkable, who would come down all the way from London to get me my medicine.
I am really not looking forward to taking the Tamiflu because I have heard of the horrible side effects. I am hoping I will feel better before my Flu Friend brings it along.
On the bright side, my temperature today has gone down to 100 degrees. I think I am one of the lucky ones with a just mild case of it.
Right now, I going to hunt in the house for the Swine Flu 'survival kit' of fluids, paracetamol and oranges, and read one of my favourite books in bed, in short bouts. My aim today is to get my temperature down.
I am thinking about whether I should put a sign outside my house to warn people I have Swine Flu, just like they did in the middle ages with the Great Plague.
Though the mainstream press seem to bang on about Swine Flu deaths, there are a lot of people who are actually surviving it after about 5 days and I would like to be one of those people. One of my friends had Swine Flu two weeks ago, and he is absolutely fine now.
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