Friday, January 14, 2011
We (Still) Have No Cure for the Flu
The flu season is upon us and that means snotty noses, fevers, body aches, chills and generally feeling like crap for a while. You want to feel better quickly and that’s understandable. After all, having the flu sucks. But if you’re an otherwise healthy individual (ie: not old, no pre-existing respiratory diseases, etc), please don’t go to an emergency department demanding that the nurses and doctors give you Tamiflu. You’re depriving yourself of the comfort of your own home and bed and are spreading your germs around to people who are a lot sicker than you. There’s nothing we will do that you can’t do for yourself, like resting, taking Tylenol/advil for symptomatic relief and drinking a cup of hot tea. Also, if you’re a 20-something year old man-child, please don’t send your mother to the nursing station every 20 minutes to ask when the doctor will see you and if he can get something hot to drink. I’ve given your child Tylenol (which the doctor would have told you take anyways) and there’s a Starbucks in the lobby 10 feet away from you. They have all sorts of hot beverages for your precious baby. Following these tips won’t make the flu go away any faster but it will save you a huge wait time next to the drunk who keeps pissing himself that you could have spent sleeping at home.