Battling Influenza A with Crohn’s Disease

Battling Influenza A with Crohn’s Disease
I thought I had suffered from the flu at some point in my life. I've been sick, I've felt miserable, and I've had flu-like symptoms. I've even discussed this subject before, but I never realized just how nasty the flu could be. This month, I tested positive for influenza A. It started with a sudden onset of chills followed by hot flashes. I was clammy to the point that my ankles were sweaty. I wasn't hungry, and the thought of eating made me nauseous. My body ached and felt restless. I knew I was getting sick, but I figured I would call my primary care team during their next available office hours. I woke up the next morning to find that my fever had spiked to a whopping 101.9 F. My temperature has never been this high, and I knew that with my body healing from an unrelated surgery a few weeks ago, and as an IBD warrior, I needed to go to the emergency room to be seen as soon as possible. I took acetaminophen to help bring down my fever and off to the ER I went. Hospital staff conducted several blood labs, a urinalysis for infection, and a flu test. I had never been tested for the flu like this, as I am sure I would have remembered it. The nurse took a stick that seemed about a yard long and tried to push it almost completely up my nose. I fought her the first time. The second time, I asked to try it myself, but I couldn't go through with it. I fought her as she tried again. I tried to stay as still as possible on the hospital bed, but my natural reaction was to pull away. Finally, she got it far enough in to complete the test. We waited. I also had chest X-rays to check for pneumonia and other lung
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