Hanging on.

Went to my CPR class yesterday and when I got up this morning I was sore.  I had spent three hours kneeling down practicing compressions for CPR class.  I was wondering why my arms hurt last night when I had my hands resting on the steering wheel of the car and I didn't realize until this morning that it was from doing compressions on the dummies in class.  I'm glad I took the class but it was slow going today.
I also had swollen glands this morning, some days less so than others, but usually a little puffy and tender under and behind my ears.  I've also been feeling my ole' sore throat.  Chronic sore throat has been one of my symptoms with CFS.  I usually just take some vitamin C and eichinacea and it fades away if I rest. 
I don't think it's contagious because my family has never gotten sick even though I have sore throats pretty regularly when I get run down.  I started wondering about going to the hospital when I feel this way.  I'm so used to plowing through and hanging on that it doesn't seem like "sickness" in the traditional sense - the kind that can be passed to others.  I don't know.  This CFS is strange stuff and I take all of the precautions when it comes to visiting patients - we have to wash our hands going in and out of rooms, etc.
So far I have made it a point to stay out of the patient's rooms that have tested positive for c-diff (contagious infection).  Fortunately, I'm not like the nurses and others that HAVE to see certain people.  Unless they specifically request a chaplain I don't have to make a visit if I don't feel the need.  Otherwise, I would suit up in all the gown, mask, gloves, etc. and see them if I had to.
I got a flu shot a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't recognize any effects from that - I think it's about 10 days if you are going to feel anything and I'm past that.
There is no evidence that this stuff (CFS) is contagious.  My symptoms haven't ever seemed to make anyone else around me sick so I just carry on.  How can we know if we make others sick when we don't know what made us sick?
carry on

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Yes I know what you\'re saying. I don\'t know either, and I think the jury is still out with the experts even???? Just thinking about some XMRV stuff I read the other day. They\'ve always thought it was noncontagious but now with the whole XMRV and more people in clusters and families having it.... just got my daughter a clean spoon before so she didn\'t have to use mine. Sometimes I think twice after she\'s given me a kiss on the lips, for her and I. I\'m hoping I\'m not giving her anything, and I\'m hoping she\'s not passing on any schoolyard lurgies that are about to lay me out for a few weeks :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

I think that IF we run a fever than we need to be more cautious that we might be contagious..that is sort of my rule of thumb...but I think that in general, what we have is not contagious in an airborne sense and that by visiting people you are not in a risk of sharing it unless you are in a very close situation (which i doubt you are in contact with bodily fluids etc) and vice versa as far as YOUR OWN immune system...you do have to be more careful I think and C Dif, you are right !YOU DO NOT WANT THAT!
deleted_user
deleted_user

OH, Beta Carotene (a form of vit A that is not toxic taken in larger quantities) is good for immune system so you may want to look at that
RichieD
RichieD

My guess is that it\'s just immune system activation that gives us the swollen glands, sore throat, and flu-like feelings. I\'ve had doctors push lots of antibiotics on me for a lot of years, and not once did it ever make any difference whatsoever.

We have ME, not a bacterial infection. You can\'t cure ME with Zithromax or whatever.

The contagion issue has me baffled. We just don\'t have enough information to really know. I don\'t know what to do either.