Let’s face it: Depression and mental illness hurt. The exhaustion, the effects of tension upon the body, the headaches, the list goes on and on. Mix in the flu or virus and between the two, it can feel as though you are boxing shadows. I recently experienced this and while I feel a bit better, there are observations that I made that I hope will help others.
I developed a case of the sniffles and some sinus fun a couple of weeks ago. I began treating it as I always do, with morning and evening rounds of nasal rinsing, lemon/ginger tea, rest and OTC sinus medicine. Things appeared to be improving until the coughing and wheezing appeared. Things culminated with a trip to the hospital this weekend and being admitted for 24 hours for breathing treatments, testing for influenza and other infectious lung diseases. I ended up having a positive result for RSV, a highly contagious respiratory virus.