I’ve been really ill for the past month.
At first every day I thought ‘I’ll be better tomorrow’, but I wasn’t, I was really, really ill and wasn’t getting better at all. There was a lot of talk in the media about swine flu, so I did wonder if that was what I had. I checked on the internet and phoned the swine flu help line and found that I didn’t have the right symptoms for swine flu, and also that I had other symptoms that weren’t associated with swine flu.
After a week of no improvement at all, I phoned the Doctors’ surgery and spoke to a doctor. I explained my symptoms and he agreed with me that I didn’t have the symptoms of swine flu, and he told me to rest and drink lots and he gave me a Certificate for work saying that I had ’suspected swine flu’.
I went on feeling so ill that it felt as if I was going to die, and for another week I made no improvement at all. Then a friend phoned me and told me that it was ridiculous that I had been so ill for two weeks and had not been seen by a doctor, so she came over and took me to the surgery. I explained the symptoms, exactly as I had done the week before, and I was diagnosed with a chest infection and a viral illness. No wonder I’d been feeling so ill having both of those together. I was given penicillin and anti viral tablets, and within a few days I started to make a small improvement.
Now, four and a half weeks after I started to feel ill, I am beginning to feel as if I am on the mend. What a shame it was that the first doctor didn’t listen to me. If he had taken my symptoms seriously, I could have had the medication sooner, not been so ill for so long, and not had to have so much time off work.