Sopravvivere alla febbre / Surviving the flu

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Fever flu febbreCome hai passato le vacanze di Natale e Capodanno? Bene? Ecco, io le ho passate a casa con la febbre. Dopo quattro lunghi anni di assenza, l’influenza è tornata a trovarmi, ed è stato terribile. Quattro anni fa, almeno, me la sono presa durante le Olimpiadi invernali di Vancouver. Quest’anno, invece, la febbre ha fregato Sochi (e me).

Dato che questi 10 giorni sono stati tremendi per me, ecco quello che mi ha aiutato a guarire. O almeno, a trascorrere meglio il decorso della malattia.

1) Conoscere come funziona. Sì, tutti sappiamo come funziona la febbre, più o meno. É anche vero, però, che ogni persona è diversamente legata a un certo tipo di sindrome influenzale. C’è chi se la becca spesso, chi se la prende il più delle volte in forma intestinale, chi ha dolori dappertutto etc.
La mia febbre è di quelle che seguono questo iter: raffreddore–> febbre –> raffreddore –> tosse. E infatti adesso sono in fase di tosse.

2) Riposo. Ovvio, eh? Non è ovvio, però, come riposarsi. Mi facevano troppo male gli occhi per giocare con la Wii o leggere (o scrivere), così mi sono data a della passiva TV sul divano. Scegli un programma/canale che ti piace, e guardalo. Stop. Io ho guardato il torneo di Brisbane su SuperTennis. Se hai le forze, fai qualche attività, ma mantieni sempre un ritmo molto basso. La febbre sta lavorando per te, non farle fare gli straordinari!

3) Mangia. Alcuni siti web consigliano di non stressare il corpo mangiando. AHAHAHAH! Capito? L’inappetenza è uno dei sintomi più frequenti delle sindromi influenzali, e c’è gente che dice di non mangiare! Hai fame? MANGIA! Io ho mangiato tutto quello che mia madre mi metteva sul piatto. La febbre aveva già rovinato le mie ferie, non poteva di certo rovinarmi anche l’appetito.

4) Non coprirti troppo. A meno che tu non abbia freddo. Il calore non può disperdersi, se ci sono troppi strati di coperte, piumoni e maglioni tra te e l’aria.

5) Areare il locale prima di soggiornarvi. Ovviamente, senza mettersi in mezzo alle correnti. Il ricambio d’aria favorisce il ricambio dell’aria e quindi la “pulizia” dell’ambiente dai germi.

Prima di chiudere, due considerazioni: prendi un antipiretico, tipo il paracetamolo, per abbassare la febbre. Io ho preso acido acetilsalicidico per due giorni e non mi ha fatto una mazza. Ho preso il paracetamolo e la febbre ha iniziato a scendere. E ho capito che anche stavolta non sarei morta di febbre. Se la febbre, però, è persistente e/o molto alta, non fare l’eroe e chiama un medico: a volte serve una mano in più.

E tu, hai qualche altro consiglio per sopravvivere alla febbre?


Did you enjoy your Christmas/New Year holidays? I hope so!
Well, I spent mine lying on the sofa with the flu. Yes, I’m a lucky girl.
After four years of absence, the flu is back and has been mean with me. At least it came during Vancouver Winter Olympics four years ago (and that was cool, by the way). This year, however, it swindles Sochi and me.

Since those last ten days have been absolutely awful, here are some suggestions that helped me recover. Or better, they helped me to kill time while the flu hit me.

1) Know hot the flu works. Although we pretty much know how the fever works on human body, I observed that every person is differently “bonded” to a particular type(s) of flu. Someone catches the flu more often than others, someone get the intestinal one (sorry mates!), someone suffers from bone aches etc.
My flu is characterised by the following stages: cold (I mean, the illness) –> fever –> cold (the illness again) –>cough. Now I’m at the cough stage.

2) Rest. Obvious, isn’t it? It’s not obvious, however, how to rest your bones. I usually read, write and play Wii when I’m ill (even when I’m not), but since my eyes were sore I went for a passive activity: watching TV.
Choose a channel/programme you like and watch it, that’s it. I watched the Brisbane ATP and WTP tournaments, for example.
If you feel OK, you can also do some other activities, just be careful not to overdo: your body needs energy to fight the flu!

3) Eat. LOL, I read on the internet that you’ve got not to stress your body eating food. That’s ridiculous, as the lack of appetite is one of the most popular flu syndrome.
Are you hungry? Then EAT and don’t you worry. I ate everything my mother put on my plate. The flu had ruined my holidays, it could not ruin also my appetite.

4) Don’t cover yourself too much. Unless you feel cold. If you overlay yourself with too much blankets, duvets and sweaters the heat can’t be dispersed.

5) Air the room thoroughly before using it. Of course, try not to stay in the middle of some cold stream of air. The air turnover will help to remove germs from the air in your home.

Two last considerations: take antipyretic, like paracetamol, to reduce the fever. I had acetylsalicylic acid for a couple of days and it was ineffective. Then I had paracetamol and the fever began reducing, realising that I would not have died of flu even this time.
However, if the fever is persistent and/or pretty high, don’t do the hero and call a doctor: sometimes we need to be helped out.

What about you? You got some other advices to survive the flu?

Photo credit by Ntr23
  • I am really glad you survived the flu and are now back to normal.
    You were lucky to have your mum cooking for you, and I suppose she was able to get you the medicine, when needed?
    I once had a flu, at its worst it lasted for a week, and I was living by myself in London and I had nobody that could look after me. I couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone cook. I think I survived on tea and paracetamol, and water. Luckily I had paracetamol, because I used to suffer with headaches then, so I always had plenty at home, but I was so ill I couldn’t leave the house to go to the pharmacy or doctor. I remember those days like a dream/nightmare, days/nights seemed to follow in succession, without a pattern, I had very high fever, 38-39C which would go down and then go up again.

    The flu lasted for two weeks, but the worst was the first week. I was able go out and buy some fresh food on the second week, which helped me to get better quicker. It is at times like this that you realize how important it is to have friends and family nearby.

    • Gosh, what a terrible experience you had, Martina!
      At least there was my family with me and I was safe in Italy rather than staying on the sofa in the UK, although there’s my partner here along with friends and everything.

      You said a precious truth: until there’s someone with you anything is impossible, even coping with a long lasting bad flu.
      I’m sorry for what happened to you many years ago, I hope you’d never experienced such an awful thing like that!