I was panting like a dying walrus. The flu had arrived in full force
Michael Harding: When I got home, my nostrils felt like they were in the microwave
“The following morning the flu had arrived in full force.” Photograph: Getty Images
One morning last week I woke with a dry cough. And I had a pain in my back. By lunchtime my foot was throbbing. But because I didn’t associate foot pain with flu, I convinced myself that I needed new shoes.
That afternoon I bought a pair in Carrick-on-Shannon, but when I got home I realised I didn’t need them. The pain had moved to my nose. My nostrils felt like they were in the microwave. And the following morning the flu had arrived in full force; my lungs had filled with so much mucus that I was panting like a dying walrus, my bones ached, and my pulse was over 130.