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To think I've had the flu hundreds of times

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Fanfeckintastic Mon 22-Dec-14 08:06:31

Is this just a word people sling around for every little sniffle or have I been struck down hundreds of times with the flu and not even realize it?

I've never thought to diagnose myself with the flu but seemingly everyone around me is pottering around, blowing their nose, looking a bit stuffed up, and apparently this is the flu?

Honeybear30 Mon 22-Dec-14 08:10:00

YANBU. This drives me mad!! So many people claim to have flu, they really don't. Unless they've been in bed for two weeks and hardly able to hold their own head up, they don't have flu. They have A COLD.

KneesoftheBee Mon 22-Dec-14 08:13:02

People who say this clearly have never had flu.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Mon 22-Dec-14 08:14:01

No, Flu causes the sufferer to be bed ridden, delirious, possibly have diorrheoa and vomiting and is worse than straight forward child birth.

I've had Flu twice in my life [I'm 46] and was in enough pain I could barely move without wincing.

Ifyourawizardwhydouwearglasses Mon 22-Dec-14 08:14:02

Test for flu -

You see £100 in the garden through the window. If you go get it, you don't have flu.

Hassled Mon 22-Dec-14 08:14:35

I've had flu once in my life and it was beyond awful - I've had bad colds since and they don't begin to compare. Certain members of my family have "flu" about once a month and it drives me crazy.

Fluffyears Mon 22-Dec-14 08:18:44

You only get proper flu a few times in your life or never if you are really lucky. Flu can kill even healthy people that's why it is so bad! I have had it twice and once was considered a 'mild dose' according to Dr. The mother time I was delirious from fever and lost 11lbs in weight. The house could've gone up in flames and I wouldn't have done anything.

Fanfeckintastic Mon 22-Dec-14 08:19:31

The worst part is, these are otherwise completely reasonable people! To me it's like saying you've got a broken leg when you have a cramp.

I'm shocked how many people make these claims, customers in my shop "Oh I'm smothering with the flu" confused or when I had a terrible dose of a common cold "are you over your flu?"

Agh! I'm probably unreasonable for being so irritated by it!

piggychops Mon 22-Dec-14 08:19:37

I've had it once. I was bed ridden for a week and exhausted for about 6 weeks. The nasty virus doing the rounds at the moment isn't flu. It's just a really heavy cold.

MyballsareSandy Mon 22-Dec-14 08:22:15

This pisses me off too. I had flu last year and it was awful. I remember going downstairs to get a drink of water as DH was out, and it took me ages to summon the strength to climb back up the stairs, had to do it in stages.

Mulderandskully Mon 22-Dec-14 08:22:26

No I read once the average is once every 7 years. I haven't had it. I have had/ still got that nasty virus and it is horrible but it's just a cold.
People seem to think cold refers to a lightweight sniffle and they need something more serious to describe what they're going through hmm

Pooka Mon 22-Dec-14 08:24:50

I've had flu twice in 40 years.

It was very memorable!

First time I was 12. My memories of it are very vivid. Unable to walk in a straight line. Staggering home from school and lying wrapped in a blanket I'd found in the hall right next to the radiator because I couldn't face the stairs. (Not neglected child, mother teaching and home an hour later).

Second time was more recent - Christmas 2007 wasn't at all festive as first dd succumbed before dh, then me, then ds.

ninja Mon 22-Dec-14 08:24:54

I'm with you on the annoyance, the other one is people saying they have a chest infection when they have a cough. I get really nasty coughs, but have never considered that I should say that.

Pooka Mon 22-Dec-14 08:25:35

I've had some hideous colds too over the years. But nothing compares.

canweseethebunnies Mon 22-Dec-14 08:25:55

I've has the flu once, when I was eighteen. It hurt to move my eyes.

dangly131 Mon 22-Dec-14 08:26:42

I think the issue starts when ppl call a runny or blocked nose, a cold. Nope its just a runny or blocked nose! Then when they do get a cold, it feels much worse than the 'cold' they had before so therefore it equals flu.

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 22-Dec-14 08:29:44

YANBU - when I had flu I slept for 26 hours straight. The horrid head cold I've had for two weeks now doesn't come close to how miserable I felt then

losersaywhat Mon 22-Dec-14 08:32:55

Oh that bugs me too. It's the same too when every little headache us a migraine.
Ive had the flu once as a teenager and hope I never get it again.

KneesoftheBee Mon 22-Dec-14 08:33:58

I don't think it helps that we see "cold and flu" remedies everywhere.

It's like marketing bandaids "for cuts, scratches & open heart surgery"

GokTwo Mon 22-Dec-14 08:35:35

Yanbu. I've had it once. My god it was horrendous. I was wiped out for 2 weeks, literally didn't get out of bed besides going to the loo for days on end. It is totally different to a cold.

WilburIsSomePig Mon 22-Dec-14 08:36:00

Agreed. I've had it a couple of times and have never been so ill it's completely incapacitating. I get very rolly eyed if if hear people moan about having flu when they're up wandering around snorting over everyone.

tilder Mon 22-Dec-14 08:37:14

You are so not BU. I don't think I have ever had flu. Am pretty sure if I had, I would know about it.

I have a horrible cold at the moment and am sure when it starts to spread it will miraculously transform into flu.

WeirdCatLady Mon 22-Dec-14 08:38:23

Another agreement here. I had flu once, it was godawful, I thought I was dying.

I now get the flu jab.

DishwasherDogs Mon 22-Dec-14 08:38:46

YANBU.
I had flu once, and it was a mild dose.
I thought I was going to end up in hospital I felt so poorly.

Loads of people I know won't ever say they have a cold though, it's always flu, even when they're up and about. Same as people don't have tummy bugs anymore, it's always norovirus.

Moln Mon 22-Dec-14 08:39:07

Had flu twice, the swine sort and the human one. Was hospitalised for the second one, if I could have avoided having to wee for a week I would have, the pain and monumental amount of effort it took to get to the loo if unforgettable.

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