Just when I think this month could not get any worse….I end up at the doctors office. My daughter has been coughing and hacking for a couple of days, nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year really. I have also been coughing and hacking, I attributed mine to riding in 30 degree severely rainy weather. Yesterday I bugged out of the office early trying to capture the last remaining days of moderate temperatures. While riding I noticed I was unusually short of breath on a few sections…I blew it off. I also noticed that my back hurt, not my lower back, not my upper back but across the entire middle of my back. Knowing what I know about human anatomy I know this particular section of my back is where the lower lobes of my lungs reside. It got downright painful check that it became unbearable to the point I cut the ride short. I head back home, stand a few minutes outside stretching my back out and I feel like all is good and balanced in the universe again….so I blow it off. I shower and the hot water and steam in the bathroom cause me a coughing fit so severe I actually see stars…I blow it off. I get dressed and sit on the couch reading my mail when I get a text message from my wife telling me she is taking the daughter to the doctor that she is a mess of sickness.
A short while later wife walks in the door with a large bag of medications from the pharmacy…the diagnosis….H1N1 aka Swine Flu. This has been verified by lab testing as the real deal. This I do not blow off. My wife tells me I need to get my posterior in the doctor ASAP. I oblige and as soon as I tell the receptionist that my kid was just confirmed to have Swine Flu and run down my symptoms I am rushed past the waiting room into an exam room. The take vitals, they listen to my lungs they swab my nose to run the test. 30 minutes later I become a statistic in a Pandemic when I am diagnosed with H1N1 as well, as an added bonus I also have Pneumonia which when left untreated is what H1N1 apparently turns in to. This would explain my back hurting and the coughing. I am now sitting at home with a bag full of prescriptions with a direct physician order not to ride my bike or go out in the general public for at least 4 days. I am absolutely no good at being cooped up in the house for days on end. The fact that I have been riding while I had the Swine Flu either makes me incredibly awesome or incredibly stupid….don’t respond to that.