The Healthy Me, a few days BEFORE the FLU
The Healthy Me, a few days BEFORE the FLU
The dreaded FLU in all it's glory
The dreaded FLU in all it's glory


Ah the Flu, the dreaded Flu has taken on a "Life" of it's own. My body is a DANGER ZONE! I look a SIGHT, a Frightful SIGHT. This can't be ME...this Crazed Woman I see, with Blotchy skin and Puffy Eyes...Next year for sure, I'll get the FLU shot...I promise. But for now, I just want to be well again!

So, here I am almost two weeks later, and starting to "Improve". The cough, and symptoms a little less, but the FACE still NOT my face! Anyone want to make a trade? I just finished reading an article on line entitled, "How to look your Best while having the Flu". What DRUGS was this woman on when she wrote it? For example, "One should put on "Makeup" to add a little Glow". Between the Hot/Cold sweat that appears alternately on my face, I doubt it would be Flattering. Also, "Try a "New Hairdo". You mean on the hair that is now GLUED to my head in a disturbing manner? I bet I'd be a hit at any "Fright Night" party! Now I don't mean to sound ungrateful, for I'm sure the writer of this article meant well...Like saying, "One should also put on her prettiest Nightgown"...so the t-shirt and sweat pants I'm wearing are all wrong for the Flu? Who knew?

When I first started getting "Flu-like" symptoms, and not having a Doctor here in Florida land, I went to a place called, "Urgent Care". You know I was feeling Lousy, for a went with NO MAKEUP, and God knows what kind of an outfit on my body. The Doctor turned out to be a HANDSOME YOUNG man with a great personality. And I said to him..."Really I don't look like THIS...THIS isn't ME...So could you make me look like ME again...Healthy and all? He smiled, he seemed to understand, as he handed me a Script for "Tamiflu", and bid me "adieu", and added, Good Luck too.

So, I took the "Tamiflu", and it helped to ease some of the symptoms...But it certainly isn't the Cure all...and really it's not supposed to be. No, one must do a certain amount of SUFFERING first to remind thy self, that come next year...Get a FLU SHOT! What? You thought I had gained some insight or new words of Wisdom? Well if I have, they are, I just want to be WELL again!

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh, poor dear, b...wondered where you were and sending you a virtual dose of TLC and some chicken soup...

Please do not beat yourself up. The flu shot does not protect against every strain of the virus and those who get the shot can still get quite sick...

Love you and feel better, Maria

PS... You will 'always' be beautiful, inside and out.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, poor dear. I am so sorry you have the flu! It is so very terrible, just as you have so vividly written here. I had forgotten to get the Flu Shot and thought I may be too late, so went ahead and got one. So far, so good.

I hope you are well soon and back to your beautiful and healthy self again!

Voted up +++ and sharing

Hugs, Faith Reaper

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Aw, the beast. Beastly flu go away!

Take heart. The flu shot doesn't work for some people. Some people even shouldn't.

My family has been dealing with bronchitis, surely not the same as the flu, but still a suffering thing and I wish that would go away too.

Get well, be well and keep up that wonderful humor.

Praying for your quick recovery.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

You poor thing. I recently had an allergic reaction and made a trip to urgent care. I didn't care at the time that my facial features were distorted, I just wanted to be normal again. I can relate to your make-up wish -- I wore huge sunglasses to cover my face! Hope you are much better. Blessings.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh you poor thing 'b'. Make-up, hairdo, pretty nighty... all too much effort when you are feeling so ill. You are beautiful to your friends. Hope you feel better soon.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well it is nice to see you writing again my friend, even if it is about being sick. Feel better real soon!

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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello b. glad your sense of humor remained with you. Feel better very soon.

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Vickiw 3 years ago

Bronchitis here, now suffering through the third week, and so tired of it . . No actually, come to think of it, just tired. Scared to look in the mirror because I am so pale, dragged out, and PLAIN! The coughing is terrible, and won't go away. You really have my sympathy. Hope you will feel better soon. It is a really awful business.

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wellll...you sure looked great before that bug got you! Here's hoping tomorrow will find you recovered in full! That article had to be a scream under the circumstances. Abut that flu shot, I understand that it was not as effective as it should have been anyway. I got one, and have been fine. My wife has had terrible bronchitis for over a week, she got a shot too. Two trips to the doc later, she is finally recovering.

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Just a warning, b.

Next year get the shot.

So suffering from the flu

You surely will not!

Hope you are all better now, m'dear.

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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I feel for you. I got the shot and then I got a strain of flu that was not covered by the shot. It took a month for me to get over it. While I was going through that, my whole family got the flu. We are all finally over it. I hope you recover soon.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

All my sympathies. Never liked that nasty fellow known as the flu. Take lots of vitamins, plenty of garlic, add fresh ginger root to your food, tea and honey, before bed a hearty cup of hot milk laced with brandy to sweat it out and you should soon be your old self again. Hugs.

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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Poor, poor girl! The flu this year has been bad! Everytimre I feel a sniffle or my throat hurts a bit, I get scared! I'm sorry you have had to suffer but look at the great writing material you have! I hope you feel better soon and are done with this completely! Up++ and sharing!

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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am sending well wishes your way so you can recover soon. My parents went to Florida this year and returned last night with the Florida flu. They said it is awful. They said it takes a while to come back. My Mom said it affected her right down to her toes and they both had a flu shot. Thank God they did because then they don't get it so hard and so long.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Awesome and funny - well, I know it's not funny to you, but you found a great way to make a nasty flu sound entertaining :-) I guess I should say: almost entertaining :-) I am glad you feel better, and who cares how you look, when you are sick? One time I had a stomach flu, and I was laying in bed, when a college knocked on my door. I wasn't thrilled at all, since we were not even close friends, but I got up, made him a cup of tea etc. And he said: "wow, you look so different today" - and I know he didn't mean it in a good way... I had no make up on, and he's never seen me like that. I was so mad, I just couldn't believe he was saying it, when I was sick!

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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Your sense of humor tells me that you are feeling better! I am so sorry that you had to suffer flu's nasty lingering temperature, aches, fatigue, and cough. I hope you feel better soon and get back to your vibrant self. Your hub put a smile on my face in spite of your misery- don't be mad- lol.

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

i promise - i am not laughing with you - i am laughing AT you!

hahaha - this was award-winning humor, my poor flu-y friend!

sigh - of COURSE the doctor was handsome - and of course - you had 'flu-head' - MUCH more extreme and dangerous than bed-head - fer sure!

Whatever that woman was taking - i WANT some..LOL..

putting hair and make up on a flu-face is almost as grotesque as putting it on a corpse- it just makes matters worse!


get well soon - you're beauty is shining from the inside...


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lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I wish you a speedy recovery. Last weekend was one of the coldest days of the year for South Floridians. The flu virus can be spread by direct contact and via the air. It doesn't help much either when people around you are coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths and spreading all their germs onto others. I thought flu season was over, but then again maybe I should get a shot just in case.

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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

hey b .. i wrote this poem

just for you

hoping to

take away your blues

so shoo ,shoo

you crummy flu!

Quite a disease

and an ugly sight are you

and have made her

sad it's true. So hope you start to feel better

don't turn yellow like some cheddar

( i couldn't find a better rhyme ?).. LOL

Hope you get better .. get some rest ..


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Marcoujor, I've missed you, and your Beautiful ways and thoughts. Thanks so much for the Love you've sent my way...I am feeling better, but not quite there yet.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Faith, Thanks so much for your Thoughts and Well Wishes...Next year for sure, I will get the Flu Shot...A Great lesson was learned. Hugs back.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Wetnose, I know, I've heard the same...but after this, I will get the flu shot next year. So sorry about your family having Bronchitis...being sick is no fun! Thanks for Enjoying and the prayers too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Teacher, really WHO looks Great being Sick? I just want to be WELL again. Thanks for your Thoughts and Well Wishes too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, who writes articles like that woman wrote...definitely NOT someone who is really sick! Thanks for your Comments and well wishes too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Billy, it's been one thing after another...and so SICK, I thought I've got to write a Hub now, and so I did. Slowly feeling Better, thanks!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Mackbird, I need my sense of Humor now more than ever when I look in the Mirror...but SLOWLY, I'm getting BETTER. Thanks for your well wishes!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Vickiw, Sorry to hear of your Bronchitis, and how long you've had it...feel better too dear friend. Yeah, that MISERABLE cough, I can relate.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Xstatic, I certainly did look better than I do right now...So Thank You...that picture is to remind me of that! I so glad to hear that your wife is feeling better. Bronchitis seems to be the other "Flu"...

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Drbj, I promise to get the Flu Shot next year...I NEVER want to be this SICK in Florida Land again! Thanks for the Well wishes too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Becky, I know, I had heard that from a few people...there is more than one kind of Flu... I'm so sorry to hear that you got sick, and so glad to know that you and your family, are well once again. Thanks for your well wishes.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy, I know, the Flu is a Nasty little fellow...I do take lots of Vitamins, have been since I was 18...You make a very Good Doctor, thanks for all the Wonderful advice, shall do. And Hugs back to you!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Btrbell, being Sick, I said, I have to write about it...or I'll never get another Hub written at the rate I have been going...Thanks for Enjoying, and your thoughts, and of course your Up and Sharing!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Suzzycue, Thank YOU dear friend for all your well wishes. So that's what I've got, "The Florida Flu" too! I'm glad your parents are better now. And I am getting there.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Monis, Thank you. No, really I too saw the Humor in my Flu...Yeah, I'm starting to feel better, weak, but better. Men, I laughed at your Comments, so typical of them. The guy who was doing our bathroom counter came the other day and said, "Boy you look Sick" and I said, "I AM SICK"...They he quickly finished up and left...so who had the last Laugh!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Cat, Actually I write my best stuff when I'm SICK or DEPRESSED...a confession I hate to make. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed girlfriend, then I know my Hub was worth my SICK effort...Thanks for all your Fun comments!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Karen, I know, I know. And tell me, did the Doctor have to be SO Good looking, and me SO AWFUL looking! Yes, I'm Happily Married...but I'm NOT DEAD yet...So it mattered. Ha, Ha! Thanks so much for your Funny Comments and Well Wishes too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi LoveDr. Thank You. Yes, we've been quite COLD here and I'm sure that hasn't helped. Leave it to me to get the Flu at the end of the Flu Season. I'm not sure about you getting the shot now, but for safety sake, why not, you should. I will get one Next Season.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Oh Michael, a "Get Well Poem" just for me...Thank You! I'm Smiling a big Smile, and feeling better already, thanks dear friend!

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I hope you feel better very soon, b. Malin. You have my sympathy - it sounds like you've been having a horrible time. (It's great to read one of your hubs again, though!)

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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Hope you feel better soon. I do take the shot every year, but each time I do i wonder if I should.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Thanks for your well wishes. The Flu is SO crazy...one day better, the next day, BACK to BED...But I'm getting there. Writing proved to be such nice Therapy.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpops, Thanks. I will take the Flu shot Next year, even though I've heard such pros and cons...What else can I do? But if you've stayed well, I guess it's the answer.

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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Well, I guess it is....

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

How sad that you're so ill. The flu is a nasty pest. I hope you are back to your spunky self soon! :)

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I know i shouldn't be laughing, BUT you crack me up..HaHa Whoever wrote that article should be locked up, " Pretty nighty " when all you want is to stop the chills. I know you are better because b. got her groove back..Cheers..

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Yes, Breakfastpops IT IS!

Hi Sunshine,

I'm just NOT a Happy Camper at the moment...And so want to be WELL today...NOT tomorrow...well ok, I'll settle for Tomorrow...It's only a Day A Way! Thanks for your well wishes.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, Believe me I need your Wonderful Laugh and Fun Comments...I'm so SICK of being SICK and looking like "Fright Night/Day! Yeah, I'm getting there, but it's taking much too long!

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, Oh you poor thing! trust me I know what your feeling, back in october I started getting the flu, had it for nearly a month, got over it then got stupid whooping cough! at my age! what the?.....! the downside, what another one? was that it was caused by the flu jab!!! hope you are feeling better soon, take care, nell

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Nell, so sorry to hear you too had the Flu, and then "Whooping Cough" too...It's a Bitch... I'm going on week three...so does that mean I might have ONE MORE WEEK to go! NOooo...But after hearing about you, I'll try to be Brave! Thanks so much for your Well wishes.

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Sorry to hear that you are not well! The only good side of it is that you wrote a hub!

I take capsules of oregano oil when I feel that I am starting something. I am working on a special project in a museum with more than hundred kids per day...and some coughing, sneezing, etc. and I can tell you that I am taking my capsules of oregano oil. Look for the properties on the internet...it's quite powerful! Good luck to you!

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epigramman 3 years ago

Well you look so beautiful in that picture, Miss B, that you could scare away any cold or flu just with your loveliness. And of course you write like Erma Bombeck too - which is the highest compliment I can give any writer who makes us laugh and often see the truth in life - like a female George Carlin too.

Hope your winter is alright so far and please keep your health - for all of us that is number one isn't it

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 8:13pm

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kidscrafts, "Oregano Capsules" that's one I've never heard of...I've been into Vitamins, Minerals, etc., for Many years...This Flu has knocked me for a loop. Thanks for the suggestion, I certainly will look into it. Writing a Hub after so long of not...is what's keeping me SANE!

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

You should feel better after a few days with the oregano oil...and for sure vitamines D and C!

Is your house or bedroom not too dry? That can also prevent you from getting better!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Colin,

Thank You so much for the Compliment...I was feeling pretty that day...we all have our Good Days...But now, UGH...so I need that Picture to remind me to get rid of this awful FLU.

I'm being compared to some pretty Amazing writers...Always loved George Carlin, Erma too...May they both rest in peace in Comic Heaven.

Thanks for all the Wonderful Comments and Well wishes too from You and the Kitty Cats !

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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Ah, flu shot! I always get that shot considering the nature of my work (outside writing), which involves a lot of travel and hand shaking. :)

I love the fact that you can still make us laugh through your hub. Keep well now my fellow hubber and rest, plenty of rest plus H2O.

Sending you some love from the sky~

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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi b. Malin ... we would make a great pair in that case. I have had mine for close to a month now, and all the shots (Now I sound like and old Dog) but it still caught me. Moved every which way all over the place before it settled and took out my voice... good thing I can still chatter away on here.... sweats and old sweater is dress code here... lol

Get well soon and here is a hug for you...

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Try you some zinc drops too, to push that bug on out. Hope you are better soon.

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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

b. malin - Where the heck you been? I suspected that Lover Boy had you tied up :) I missed the flu but got bronchial pneumonia instead for three weeks. Good to see you back and shake it off.

The Frog

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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub ! Hope you are feeling better soon !!!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I sat here trying to think what to write that wouldn't make you feel worse or agitated at wishes that aren't going to do much good until the damn thing is gone! I guess the good news is you must be feeling better to let us all in. I haven't gotten the flu shot yet but have to...I have a grandbaby coming who has a hole in it's heart and if I want to go near it I have to have the flu shot and whooping cough shot. Say a prayer I don't get the flu as the baby will be delivered in two weeks!

Feel better and keep that wonderful sense of humor flowing.

Voted up, funny, and interesting.

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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You're too funny B., I can imagine the hair stuck to the head part and all the rest. You surely painted a clear picture how you were feeling . . . I heard it was a bad strand this year! Feel well soon, my friend, Kathi

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi CrisSp, Thanks for all your Thoughts and Wonderful words of Good Health...I'm getting there. Stay Safe and Healthy as you Travel. LOL.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Rolly, It sounds like we would...So sorry to hear, it got You anyway. I've still got my Voice, but the cough...well slowly ever so slowly, it's easing up. Sounds like you've got the "Sick" outfit down to a dress code...Ha, Ha...We should do Fashions (our way) for the SICK, and SICK at Heart! Thanks for the Hug...Hey, will I get your Illness? Only Kidding!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Jackie, Yes, I've heard that "Zinc" is good, and I am getting it, in 2 of my Vitamins. Thanks for the suggestion, and the Well wishes.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hey Froggy, I missed you...So Glad you Hopped over to see ME. Poor Lover Man got the Flu too, but he's recovered. Sorry to read you had "Bronchial Pneumonia"...Wow, I bet that took a lot out of your HOP, or should I say Jump! Thanks for your Well wishes.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kasmir, maybe I do my Best work...SICK! Hopefully NOT. Thanks for your Compliment, and Well wishes.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Please stay WELL Tillsontitan, A new Grandbaby how Exciting! Definitely be careful, you are in my prayers. Thanks for your Thoughts and of course your Compliment, and Well wishes too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kathi, Thank You...With the way I look...I've got to be Funny! But each day, as I peer into the Mirror I think, Mmm, better than yesterday! And there's Always Tomorrow!!

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Barb…

So sorry to learn about your battle with the flu. And battle it is…I had it last year and was beyond miserable. The flu shot works about 60% of the time, so please do not berate yourself for missing the shot. I had mine this year, but was hit with a head cold that lingered for weeks. Not officially the flu, but a nasty cousin of sorts. (These viruses must have an unwritten, familial code. “If we can’t get you one way, we’ll just try another door.”)

“How to look your Best while having the Flu". What DRUGS was this woman on when she wrote it?” Lol. You still have that wonderful and unique sense of humor we all cherish. Hugs, dear friend, and feel better soon. :-)

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Genna, Thanks for your warm words of Wisdom. We FINALLY got out today, but still feeling weak and Coughing...I know it takes time, but who expects to get SICK in Florida...But we did!

The Best part now is, I'm starting to look NORMAL, and my hair is no longer acting Strange...Ah, it's the little things that make us Happy.

Again, thanks for your Thoughts and Well Wishes, I was hoping you'd stop by. Thanks dear Friend, thanks!

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

It's eight days later so I know you're up and better bless you b malin..:)

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Frank,

You are SO Right! I'm UP and Out and doing my thing...I NEVER want to be that SICK again. Thanks for the Blessings.

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Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi b. Malin,

I hope you are all better now.

I was off sick for a week. Not sure if it was the flu or a bad cold. All, I know it zapped all my energy. I didn't have the energy to go to the doctor.

Take care :)

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Sueswan,

Thanks for inquiring. FINALLY, I am back...still a little cough, but out and about! Energy level still a little sluggish... what a wasted almost 4 wks.

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I know your must be feeling better now but really who wants to put make-up on while sick. I had the flu in Dec I think it was. It was so awful and I was so sick. I went to the doctor and came home with a handful of meds. My husband got it too but like a good boy he got his flu shot so didn't seem to have it as bad as I did. Funny hub voted up.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Moonlake,

Who gets the Flu in Florida?...WE DID, and it was a NIGHTMARE! Sorry you guys suffered with it too. Next year, We will get the Flu Shot...Not that's what we really want to do, because there is so many strains, as your husband found out. But he didn't suffer as much.

Thanks for stopping by and reading, and commenting, and of course your Vote.

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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Definitely get your flu shot!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Writer Fox,

I PROMISE...I will!

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