Sunday, June 28, 2009

Down with fever....

I have been down with a bad sore throat, cough and fever since Thursday. The GP who treated me gave me panadol, antibiotics and lozenges and told me to rest for a few days at home. I have been oscillating between okay and lousy for the past few days. I tried to find out from the Ministry of Health website[Link] whether I'm suppose to report somewhere for testing but can't find simple instructions on what to do (anyone can advise?). I take it that the GP did the right thing to send me home instead of to the hospital for testing. I wonder how practical it is to test every single person with the H1N1 symptoms - its is exactly like regular flu and every year hundreds of thousands of people get the flu. Sending every person with a cough and fever will cause the hospital to be flooded. My guess is the the GP sent me home instead of the hospital because I have not been overseas. I wonder if this criteria makes sense. I take the MRT in which humans are packed like sardines and there are people on the train who come from the airport and I eat at a canteen where the people go overseas regularly for assignments. I think my chance of being an H1N1 case is 50-50. So far H1N1=flu so I'm not too worried.

I don't think it is practical for the H1N1 to be contained in Singapore where the population density is so high and so many people travel on the crowded public transport. We are vulnerable to disease spreading and are always among the worst hit when something like SARS or H1N1 comes around.

I think the real tipping point will be next week when school children return from their holidays. The H1N1 has an incubation of 1-7 days so avoiding people who look sick or have a temperature might not be enough to stem its spread. Since the H1N1 outbreak, I've avoided being close to people who are sick on the train, bus and canteen....yet I'm down with this flu. In an air con environment flu viruses travel more than a meter and fluids left by the sick person on the MRT pole or handle can spread the virus long after he leaves the train.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

No use going to PAP's hospitals for tests, they'll charge you $214 just to test for H1N1!

Why should being responsible cost $214?
http://forums.delphiforums.com/3in1kopitiam/messages?msg=15979.1

Anonymous said...

PAP control everything with money. Money = control = can control.

Anonymous said...

only $214? too cheap!should be $666!

Onlooker said...

Lucky, Seeing a GP is a correct step.Remember to take the medicine as the doctor prescribed.And get well soon.

But now What you need to do is to take more nutritious food(take food that are rich in Vitamin C too) and get some time in the sun (around 15min to 30min for Vit D) to help boost your immune system.

BTW Vitamin pills are worthless the vitamins are better absorbed via vitamin rich food.

Although there are concerns about school being a spreading ground ,the concern should be for the old folks who are not as well off(3rm and below) exposed to carriers of this influenza and the massive import we indented for our "luxury industry".

One must realize Philippine is quite badly hit and already have community infection.
China is, as usual, hiding most of the non documented case.
India is like china,Because they do not want the economic activity to lessen.

LuckySingaporean said...

anon 8:41,

I think they are just buying time. At some point this whole thing will be beyond control. The strategy then would be to focus on those at risk such as old, sick, pregnant or babies. Hopefully there are enough ventilators for everyone.

Anonymous said...

its true - its just a flu. its not virulent. WHO was just worried cos it is a strain of the 1918 Spanish Flu.

i'm here in HK - and i had the same situation as you. My doc also gave me the exact prescription, and told me to stay home, and only go over for check if a fever develops.

He told me not to panic - and dont fall for the politics and money of global healthcare, govt, and press sensationalism.

Anonymous said...

"He told me not to panic - and dont fall for the politics and money of global healthcare, govt, and press sensationalism."

is he an opposition?

Miz Piggy said...

The Health authorities in UK (4000+ cases) and the USA (over a million) have already surrendered to the inevitable and recognised that H1N1 is effectively unstoppable. Although 2 have died in the UK, both had serious underlying health problems so the virus takes out the weakened, just as pneumonia used to do in the past. Antivirals are only being given to front-line troops even though there is enough to treat half the population now and all of them by year's end. That's to avoid the possibility of a drug-resistant strain developing and having its way with the world.

Lucky Tan, you should wear a mask and surgical gloves and carry a battery-powered fan every time you take the MRT. Be sure to sneeze violently into the fan after boarding. You will then be guaranteed a carriage to yourself for the rest of your journey and the gloves will protect you from germ-laden surfaces. That way you will avoid catching swine flu and not be compelled to rename yourself UN-Lucky Tan.

xNSman said...

Rest well and recover quickly. Singapore cannot afford to lose a blogger like you especially when we are surrounded by the MSM.

Anonymous said...

the posts are getting funnier. LOL

Anonymous said...

Hope you get well soon :)

Anonymous said...

While you are resting, pls blog @ the economic crisis. There seems to be no crisis at all.

Pls follow up on your previous article @ the bull run before Great Depression and the current state.

I'm not cruel, but working/blogging even while you are sick shows that you fully understand the #1 hit in S'pore - upturn the downturn

Anonymous said...

Get well soon :)

Anonymous said...

Get well soon ;)

Anonymous said...

be healed soon

Anonymous said...

keep up the spirit

Anonymous said...

Your commitment and dedication will not go unrewarded. Get well soon.

Anonymous said...

Fever still blog?

You are an inspiration.Keep up the good fight.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you an early recovery.

Anonymous said...

What courage.True testimony of an undaunted and resilient spirit. Bravo!!

Clear eyed said...

Lucky, sorry to hear you are down with flu. Get well soon. Otherwise I will be without my regular fix of hearing your songs of praise for our esteemed elites.:)

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Lucky, take care and get well soon!

skeptic said...

And now even if you want to be civic minded and get tested. You have to pay $200 for it.

Anonymous said...

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

lucky, u should be glad u were not send to hospital and saved $214 on the test.

this is a great idea. the poor, old will die at their home instead of seek treatment and the govt can make another windfall.

remember,
pap= money face=u die ur busines

Speedwing said...

Good luck, I sincerely hope that you recover soon.

Anonymous said...

5 weeks ago, i was in the same situation as yours, i got flu but don't know whether it was H1N1 or not. My flu was quite serious, i needed to complete all the panadols and the anti-biotic given to me by my doc. About 5 days of the medicine taking to recover from the fever and bone aches. Whereelse the previous flu i got, 2 days of panadol taking was enough to eliminate the fever.
This time round not the same, although i am cure of the flu but the cough are still there, taking whatever cough mixture repeatly issued to me by my doc just cannot chase the cough away. Very irritating and itchy through.

wl said...

Get well. And thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Lucky, all the best and get well soon. For those using air-conditioning, remember it circulates mostly stale air and viruses spread easily. If the weather is cool avoid using it for you also save on energy.

LuckySingaporean said...

Thanks everyone. I'm recovering steadily and should be okay in a few days.

LuckySingaporean said...

Thanks everyone. I'm recovering steadily and should be okay in a few days.

Sengkangboy said...

The other day when i send my Granny to TTSH via A&E, there is this patient in front of me who feels sick. She has sore throat, fever, flu. I almost feel that she is a H1N1 victim. Nurses brought her immediately to another place for treatment. Luckily she was on a mask and i am also on mask.

Anyway, I am also blogging on a 3 part series about Living with H1N1. Feel free to check it out :)

http://singaporetop10.multiclickz.com/10-h1n1-counter-measures-for-singaporeans/

Anonymous said...

@Lucky

I know we have great faith in Khaw but pls avoid the gahmen hospitals (esp TTSH) and go straight to the Mt E & Geneagles, etc, since u can afford it.

I would be a shame to lose a gifted writer like u.

ananthan said...

Take care..

pumpkin said...

Hi Lucky,
Sorry to hear that you are down with fever. I am sure your luck will hold and you will get well soon!

DanielXX said...

Goodie! Free holiday at home to trade the stock market! Hosayliao!