Wouldn’t you know it. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, once in line to be U.S. Surgeon General, is recovering from H1N1. On the Paging Dr. Gupta blog, he writes about his recent reporting trip to Afghanistan where he contracted the virus.
I was nauseated and my entire body hurt. I tried to explain away my symptoms with lots of different excuses. You don’t sleep much while covering a war.
It is worth pointing out the irony of a medical reporter getting influenza type A, which was then ultimately confirmed as H1N1. It was the only flu strain circulating and I had it, and so did [his cameraman] Scottie. We both had high fevers, the lack of appetite, terrible sinus congestion, body aches, and yes – that hacking, come out of the blue.
I am not someone who gets sick, really ever. And this was the sickest I have ever been. I would’ve much preferred my own bed with all the comforts of home – including a wife who would’ve taken great pity on me and allowed me lots of rest and relaxation. Still, I am here to blog about it, after taking the requisite few days to stay at home and not spread my gift from Afghanistan to all my colleagues at work.
By the way, there is more on this story in the new CNN Wire Store where publishers can purchase it for $199 and run it on their Website or in their newspaper. Or you could just watch it on CNN where it’s been talked about, or read it on his blog, or you could just read about here on TVNewser, like you are now, for free. Either way. Up to you.