I can’t believe it. Finally my girlfriend and I have a week off work together, on Sunday we booked a luxury hotel in the Lakes to spend three nights at a fab 50% off. The luxury double room with the flat screen TV and DVD system looked wonderful, the views amazing, and plenty of things to do nearby without taking my car. My new Nikon D70 Digital SLR was all set to go, having just finished the manual and had a play around with it.
So what’s wrong? An unbelievable flu has descended on me, and I feel so bad I’ve had an hours sleep, my nostrils are red raw and at one point last night I was concerned I might have Meningitis. Really, it’s that bad.
Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking, man-flu. A little sniffle and men are rolling about the floor. Not this time. My nose and eyes are streaming, phlegmy chest, harsh coughing, joints aching, continual headache and very sore sinuses. I feel totally rotten.
There’s no chance of me driving, I’m even going to have to cancel the car service I had booked, I doubt I’m going to be able to take the car more than a few meters before having to wipe my face, blow my nose, or cough like a madman.
So that’s the week ruined then. Quick visit to the Doctor today to get a medical note and perhaps I can recoup my holidays…not so sure if I can do it, but it’s worth a try.
Early this morning was the panic time though, sitting on the NHS Direct website thinking I would check up on my symptoms to try and consider calling out the local Doctor, I turned to the online self help diagnosis tool…what I fool I was.
Presented with the list of possible ailments, I chose colds and flus, and was presented with the following question:
Well that’s okay, the answer to that is quite clear. No.
This is where it got a little tricky. I do have a sore neck, as is most of my head and my joints. Yes to the headache, and bright light does hurt a little, but you get used to it. Oh yeah, feeling very sleepy. So that’s pretty much a yes. Oh my god! Call 999 is the flashing answer.
Surely I replied to something wrong, well going back, if I answered no to the previous question I’m told I have a flu and what I can, or rather can’t, do about it.
That struck me as a bit poor, if you interpret the symptoms incorrectly, even slightly, you end up being told to call 999! With the other alternative being you have a cold or flu?!
That database definitely needs the questions rewritten. I just wonder how many phone calls are made to 999 because of colds and flus?
More hassle with the local surgery though, as we called we’re told that we have to call back at 08:30 for appointments, they couldn’t do anything until then. Oh dear. Nothing’s easy!