CNN's Dr Sanjay Gupta Had Swine Flu
Say it ain't so! Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent was reporting from Afghanistan recently, but while in that country he came down with Swine Flu.
He writes on his blog.
"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....
"I remember looking over at my camera man, Scottie McWhinnie. He looked absolutely awful. He was wearing a scarf on his head, and it was completely drenched in sweat. He was coughing so loudly and frequently that I was really starting to worry about him – and about myself. We each had it, whatever “it” was. I made a command decision. As a physician reporter in a war zone, I was going to get us medical care. That prompted our visit to a battlefield hospital, not as reporters this time, but as patients.
"It is worth pointing out the irony of a medical reporter getting influenza type A, which was then ultimately confirmed as H1N1. ...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."
Don't worry, he's feeling better.