When you try to tell people they just smile and say hope you get well soon. Because after all, haven't THEY TOO felt nearly dead with their experiences of having the flu? LOL It's a figure of speech so when you say it, no one pays much attention. But those of us who were truly at death's door have a real story to tell, not just about a momentary cold or flu.
And if you try to explain how REALLY sick you are, anyone who pays attention long enogh to listen will suggest you go see a doctor or go to the ER. Another LOL, the bittersweet irony of it all. No one knows that the "help" a hospital would provide would indeed kill us. obj