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When I say "flu" I mean:

  • Tummy problems

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • A cold

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Influenza

    Votes: 39 84.8%
  • All of the above

    Votes: 4 8.7%
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This is a poll, wait for it.<br><br>
I'm cornfused by people who toss the "flu" thing around and it can mean several things.
 

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If I say the flu, I mean influenza. If I say cold, it's a cold. A stomach thing is "stomach bug" or "food poisoning."
 

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I know - read your post - and that got me thinking because when I say "flu" it's influenza... but people at work (and in my family) toss around "flu" for tummy problems...<br><br>
When I had the "flu", I KNEW it and discovered first hand why people die from it (not that I was in any danger, but boy did I WANT to die!)
 

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I used to think that it was the stomach bugs that go around, but DH quickly broke me of that habit! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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When I was a kid the Flu would last a day or two. For the past 4 years when I get it, and I get it every year. I'm down for 6-12 days. I now expect to be down and out for at least a week every December.
 

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I went to the doctor in college once b/c I was sick and told him I had the flu. He said "No you don't."<br><br>
I said "How do you know, you haven't even looked at me."<br><br>
He said "You don't have something coming out of either of your ends and you're not flat on your back or curled up in the fetal position praying for death."<br><br>
That's my standarad for saying I have the flu now. Otherwise, I just have a touch of something.
 

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Does that mean he looked at your linky? <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif">
 

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I tell ya what. Meri and me have been together for 7 years now and she gets the Flu shot every year and my stubborn ass refuses every year. I have never seen her get the flu. Well next year I'm gonna get the F#[email protected] shot.
 

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It means the flu flu. But the last time I was shitting and puking all over the place, I called it a stomach flu because that's what the person who gave it to me was calling it.<br><br>
I have been dodging the flu for at least two or three weeks here. I am the one lone healthy person in a row of nine offices. All have been hit with it at various times, including one who just got sick yesterday. Now, I am hot, flushed, and my neck, back, and shoulders ache. I feel like I'm breaking out in a sweat just sitting here in my office. I am about to embark on a 15 day special project phase at work that includes lots of night/weekend stuff and client dinners. I cannot afford to be sick right now. It is the worst possible day for this since the whole thing kicks off tomorrow at noon. Mofo.<br><br>
Maybe if I deny that I'm sick and tough it out I'll be okay.
 

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or changing something in your lifestyle.<br>
I used to get sick right around the first of the year, and I was sick then subpar for three weeks.<br>
This was college, and a couple of years after -- I figured it was due to little sleep, too much rich food, too much drinking.<br>
So.... I changed my habits. And suddenly, no more yearly sickness.<br><br>
Now, I realize EddieChupacabraMurphy is married to an acupuncurist and your lifestyle is likely healthier than the average American; however, you're recurring sickness might be attributed to something; I'd be trying to figure it out rather than expecting to be sick every year.<br><br>
Does this sound critical? It's not meant to be. you just got me thinking about my own past.
 

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I haven't had the flu in many, many years but when I did say it I meant the boogie-woogie flu.
 
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