Melissa Auf Der Maur Reveals Swine Flu Drama

17 July 2009, 16:15

The former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist has fallen foul of the pandemic...

Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur has revealed that she has suffered from - and survived, dammit - a nasty dose of swine flu. Writing a "Swine Dlu Diary" at The Mark, the musician explained that she fell ill in late May, following a video shoot in Vermont. It first manifested itself as a "subtle but persistent smoker's cough".

"Suddenly, a week into my shortness of breath, it really hit," she writes. "A roller coaster of fever spikes. Over the course of 48 hours, my temperature went from 95 F to 101, and back again. It was a very strange feeling, being pulled back and forth between severe illness and feeling fine."

Once doctors had finally diagnosed the fiendish H1N1 virus, Auf Der Maur was put on course of anti-biotics and has now fully recovered. "Have no fear friends," she ressures us. "It's a terrible flu, but it is manageable, and we swine veterans will be here to help you through it. Here's to good health."