Got sick three weeks ago Tuesday. Diagnosed as a non-flu, flu-like virus. Never had a stuffy head, no sore throat, just this hacking, dry cough that wouldn't quit. Major body aches (even my hair hurt), fever, etc. That progressed into a deep barking (painful) cough tha's lasted two weeks nonstop. Got a steroid inhaler and phenergan cough syrup which didn't do much earlier last week.
Finally had to go back to the ER yesterday morning, and lo and behold it's progressed to a bacterial pneumonia in both lower lung lobes. Antibiotics and oral steroids, and (finally) some codeine cough syrup.
I've literally spent almost three weeks lying on the sofa, sleeping when I wasn't hacking up a lung. Feeling a bit better this morning. Hopefully the azithromycin and steroids are kicking in.
Don't mess with this stuff!