Dr. Sanjay Gupta battles swine flu

    CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is giving a firsthand account of his bout with swine flu.


     

     


    CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is giving a firsthand account of his bout with swine flu.
     
    The doctor
    blogged that he was hit with the illness while covering the war in Afghanistan, and he noted that the first sign of the illnesses was a terrible cough.
     
    “It wasn’t the kind of cough where simply clearing your throat would’ve been adequate,” he wrote. “This was the kind of cough that hurts when you do it. A stinging pain that makes you wince and guard and hope that you don’t have to cough again any time soon.”
     
    Sanjay also mentioned that he might have had a fever, but he explained that symptom away by assuming it was just the desert heat getting to him. Satisfied with his self-diagnosis, the correspondent returned to his tent and went to bed.
     
    The next morning he was in for the unpleasant surprise that his condition had actually gotten worse while he slept and he was lightheaded. The medical expert recalled that when he tried to get up he was simply too weak to stand and he had a bad case of the chills despite the fact that it was 100 degrees outside. “I was nauseated and my entire body hurt,” he added.
     
    But Sanjay wasn’t the only one in his tent feeling under the weather. “I remember looking over at my camera man, Scottie McWhinnie. He looked absolutely awful. He was wearing a scarf on his head, and it was completely drenched in sweat,” the correspondent wrote. “He was coughing so loudly and frequently that I was really starting to worry about him – and about myself. We each had it, whatever ‘it’ was.”
     
    The two went to a battlefield medical center where they learned they had the H1N1 virus, the only type of flu that had been circulating in that area. Sanjay wrote that aside from administering a Tylenol and a decongestant, and putting him and his cameraman on IV drip, there wasn’t much that doctors could do for the infected men.
     
    Physicians did, however, put Sanjay and Scottie in quarantine so that they wouldn’t spread the virus to their co-workers. After a few days in isolation the doctor reported that he felt much and that he was “back to normal” shortly thereafter.
     
    Sanjay said that, overall, the H1N1 was a lot like the regular flu, only this type goes by a different name. 
     
    A lot of people will get the exact symptoms I described,” he wrote before signing off. “For most people, it will simply mean a few miserable days, hopefully spent in your home – and not in a war zone.

     

     

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