I've been fighting a bad cold for the past two weeks, and going to work everyday to avoid falling behind with my construction projects.
Today it has all caught up with me and I have every imaginable flu sympton- muscle aches all over, nausea, fever, diarrhea, headache, complete lack of energy. I'm a zombie who can barely walk around the house, it feels like my legs might give out from under me. For this reason I may not be contributing for a couple of days. Thank you all for your continued interest. I hope to make it up to you as soon as I am 100% again. I'm staying home tomorrow, for once, I don't care what happens at work. In case I take a longer break, have a safe and happy new year. Many thanks.
Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis)
What is stomach flu? Stomach flu is a viral infection that affects the stomach and small intestine. It is also called viral gastroenteritis. The illness is usually brief, lasting 1 to 3 days.
How does it occur? Gastroenteritis is caused by swallowing certain viruses. The body fluids of infected people contain the virus, sometimes even before their symptoms begin. The virus can be spread by direct contact with an infected person (for example, kissing or shaking hands) or by sharing food, drink, or eating utensils.
The virus enters the stomach and intestine and inflames the lining of these organs. As a result, the stomach and intestine are temporarily unable to perform their usual functions. The virus can also cause food to move more rapidly through your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Some bacteria and other tiny organisms called protozoa can cause infections that have symptoms similar to those of stomach flu.
What are the symptoms? When you have stomach flu, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
• fatigue • chills • loss of appetite • nausea • vomiting • stomach cramps • diarrhea • low-grade fever • muscle aches.
The illness may develop over a period of hours, or it may suddenly start with stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea.