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One of my pet peeves is when the media contracts a scientific or established official name into something very shorthand. In my mind it’s disrespectful to the people who investigated the microorganism and the disease. To be fair, it’s not something I’m going to sacrifice myself over, after all it’s just a peeve and nothing more. What is more annoying is when we see this creep into official writing, but again, it’s more peeve and annoyance and I have no real influence on anyone but myself.
So in this post I’ll accept manflu as a word but rather than use the common shorthand of flu I will always prefer influenza.
The Internet (Oh how I love the Internet) is replete with descriptions and short videos on manflu, all you need to do is go to YouTube and search manflu for some very funny video clips.
My concern today is the difference between the common cold and influenza. You hear it so often in the workplace. Someone takes a call from an ill colleague who has called in to say they have the influenza. The vast majority of people who call in sick have a common cold. When you’re infected with an Influenza virus you will know it.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has in its emergency management planning a really nice table describing the difference. It references the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.
Symptoms of influenza and the common cold
||Often high, lasting 3 to 4 days
|Aches and pains
||Common; can be severe
||Common; can become severe
||Sometimes; mild to moderate
||May show moderate to extreme signs of weakness
||A littler lower than usual
||Pneumonia, kidney failure and heart failure. Can be life-threatening
||Sinus or ear infection
Does manflu exist? Of course not. It’s just the common cold. That hasn’t stopped me tweeting about it though when I’m suffering 🙂
I’ve been using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for nearly twelve months for hypopnœas (more than 30 episodes of non-breathing for <10 seconds in duration each sleep cycle). While I don’t have sleep anpnœa (periods of non-breathing >10 seconds), my sleep physician recommended CPAP. All in all it’s been a good move. I sleep better and I don’t snore. I still don’t feel all that refreshed in the mornings but I do feel like I’m getting more sleep.
This is my first spring using CPAP. Spring in Canberra is something to behold. It’s beautiful every morning. The air is crisp, cold and fresh. The air is also full of pollen, pollen like you wouldn’t believe. It’s bad enough it’s cold and dry, but the beautiful cherry blossoms and other flowers bring with them so much pollen anyone who is afflicted with hay fever will know about it quickly.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had hay fever. On arriving in Canberra I changed from a Fluticasone to various non-sedating oral antihistamines with varying effect. Over the last year or so I’ve needed more powerful antihistamines. The ones that make me feel groggy all morning.
It’s been a revelation though sleeping with CPAP. The CPAP forces air in and I have no problems sleeping unlike the poor sleep I’ve experienced every spring. When I wake up though the symptoms return quickly and occasionally when I’m asleep I sneeze. I think having a humidifier attached to my CPAP machine helps a lot too.
My bedside CPAP set up. Yes, they’re baby wipes to clean the mask every morning.
I’ve previously blogged about my CPAP experience