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Dr. Sanjay Gupta Caught H1N1
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:31:04 AM »
I went to Afghanistan and all I got was H1N1

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

It started as a cough. It wasn’t the kind of cough where something is temporarily stuck in your throat. It wasn’t the kind of cough where simply clearing your throat would’ve been adequate. This was the kind of cough that hurts when you do it. A stinging pain that makes you wince and guard and hope that you don’t have to cough again any time soon. I thought I might have a fever, but of course, I was in the middle of covering a war in Afghanistan, and the conditions were… well, hot. So, maybe it was that. Problem was, the next day I wasn’t feeling any better – in fact, I was worse. I woke up in my dusty desert tent and tried to step out of my sleeping bag. Two steps later, I almost hit the deck. Incoming. Except this wasn’t due to any sirens going off, this was due to my own body simply being unable to hold myself up. I was lightheaded and freezing cold – even though it was over 100 degrees outside at that early hour of the morning.

I was nauseated and my entire body hurt. I tried to explain away my symptoms with lots of different excuses. You don’t sleep much while covering a war. My bulletproof jacket didn’t fit perfectly and was very heavy. There was a lot of dust and dirt, and maybe I had what the Marines referred to as the Kandahar Krud. It turned out to be none of those things.

I remember looking over at my camera man, Scottie McWhinnie. He looked absolutely awful. He was wearing a scarf on his head, and it was completely drenched in sweat. He was coughing so loudly and frequently that I was really starting to worry about him – and about myself. We each had it, whatever “it” was. I made a command decision. As a physician reporter in a war zone, I was going to get us medical care. That prompted our visit to a battlefield hospital, not as reporters this time, but as patients.

It is worth pointing out the irony of a medical reporter getting influenza type A, which was then ultimately confirmed as H1N1. (The term swine flu is a misnomer, as this strain is made up of several different components, including swine, but also avian parts.) It really didn’t matter if I got tested, as my doctor told me. It was the only flu strain circulating and I had it, and so did Scottie. We both had high fevers, the lack of appetite, terrible sinus congestion, body aches, and yes – that hacking, come out of the blue.

I am not someone who gets sick, really ever. And this was the sickest I have ever been. I would’ve much preferred my own bed with all the comforts of home – including a wife who would’ve taken great pity on me and allowed me lots of rest and relaxation. Still, I am here to blog about it, after taking the requisite few days to stay at home and not spread my gift from Afghanistan to all my colleagues at work. In case you are curious, there wasn’t much the doctors could really do for me. Some Tylenol and a sinus decongestant (the same my wife would’ve given me). We also got IV fluids, given our inability to keep anything down. Within a couple days, I felt a lot better, and a few days after that – I was back to normal. It was a lot like… the flu – with a different name. A lot of people will get the exact symptoms I described above, and for most people, it will simply mean a few miserable days, hopefully spent in your home – and not in a war zone.


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 11:04:51 AM »
tan-awa ra jud, kining ubang mga tawo magpanik lang tungod aning mga balita; nindto ning impormasyona kay Doc Gupta na jud ang nakasinati. SEE? kining mga puti diri, halos tanan naparanoid na aning sakita.


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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009, 02:10:25 PM »
Thanks for posting Ondoy,  Dr Sanjay Gupta himself! Who would ever imagine this, he is just a vulnerable person like anyone of us. I´m glad to hear it now since autumn is here and colds and flu is just somewhere in the corner. with his descriptions it would be easier for us to differentiate one from the other. God bless you!

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2009, 12:05:14 AM »

it's quiet an interesting experience. it helps to know from his caliber and popularity to be able to share such impartial information.

people should read this.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009, 12:32:18 AM »
glace, thanks for posting this article. i heard him talk about this lastnight (replay) but i already read this first in here.  maayo kay first hand experience from a doctor jud ni.

so pwede ra jud di ko magpa vaccine.  ;)

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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2009, 12:36:29 AM »
Good article. :)

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2009, 08:32:02 AM »
mao mora nakuha-an aho ka hadlok mora pud ko naparanoid kadali kay di me tig-gawas kay basin naay swine flu ga bahas-bahas
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009, 10:24:15 AM »
angay ni ipabasa diay tood nako sa akong kaubang tiguwang diri, kay hadlokan kaayo. kuwang na lang kada korner sa among balay pabutangan og Hand Sanitizer.



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