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08 July 2010 @ 09:48 am
Sick Person's Lament  
Amidst our lovely rainless humid hazy heat wave of the past week or so, I somehow managed to come down with a cold, one with ever-changing symptoms. As soon as I shake off one, I get a different one: sore throat, then fever with chills and hot flashes, then congestion, then 70-pack-a-day-habit-cigarette-voice... It started Sunday night, I (stupidly) worked through it on Monday and Tuesday, then took a sicky on Wednesday. Today I'm working again, but from bed, and I'm forcing myself to take things easy. I might not even do the afternoon yet, we'll see.

It's annoying because my immune system is usually much better than this. Since leaving high school, I can count years between periods of sickness that have taken me longer than a day to get over. My type-A tendencies demand that I jump up and do chores, at the very least, and scold me for missing exercise. No, it's not fair to myself, and yes, I just make myself sicker by obeying that nagging, blood-pressure-spiking voice in my head. I'm slowly, slowly getting better at telling it to chill out, but it still manages to hijack me far too often.

Protip: never ever use WebMD to look up your symptoms. That shit will make a hypochondriac out of anyone. On Monday night, I threw in "sore throat" and "fever," just to see what the likely candidates were. Along with reasonable things like cold, flu, strep throat (probably not; my tonsils were taken out when I was eight), and tonsilitis (OK, definitely not), they listed toxic shock syndrome and breast cancer. Not that serious, not that serious, HOLY SHIT YOU ARE TOTALLY DYING. Can't they at least put those things under a heading of "This is possible, but not likely?"
Applesapples491 on July 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah I've noticed that cancer seems to be the answer regardless of what symptoms you put in. Pain in your foot? CANCER!! toothache? CANCER!!!!
Miusheri: crikeymiusheri on July 8th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Akabane has issuesamethyst_hunter on July 9th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Are you spending a lot of time in/out of air conditioning? Sometimes that'll do it - I got three colds in the summer of 2005 when I was working at a (former) job, because they kept the air jacked up so high (partly because they had to, for animal safety). I almost never get sick in summer, but temperature extremes can really mess with your system. (Even now I notice that if I shift from too-hot to too-cold, my nose goes to crap.)

WebMD = unnecessary drama.
Miusheri: grim reapermiusheri on July 10th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Temperature change does tend to fuck people over. Which is great around springtime, when it's freezing in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Boom, everyone's sick.
Purrsia Kat: romelle tonguepurrsia on July 9th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)

Sorry you're sick.
Thing about strep is...I got it a lot as a teen (at least that was the diagnosis) and my tonsils were removed long before that. wtf?

And yeah, the internet to find out stuff about health is scary - I googled something the other day about getting water up your nose (jumped in pool, got a nice helping of it in my sinuses haha) and it came back with some scary shit about amoebas eating your brain. er...I'm already a hypochondriac, I don't need this information!

Miusheri: kitty generalmiusheri on July 10th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
:D My husband watched that show for the first few seasons. He says he stopped when it started being less about House and more about House's-Not-As-Interesting-Sidekicks.

Oh, weird about the strep throat thing! My sister and I both had our tonsils out because before that, we would essentially bounce strep throat off each other, back and forth. After my surgery, I never got it again.

And yes, LOL, there's the added "bonus" of everything on the Internet being 100% factual- except when it's horseshit.
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Miusherimiusheri on July 10th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! Then wham, something else. Right now, it's congestion, occasional hacking, and sinus pressure that comes and goes. I had the sinus thing so bad yesterday, though, that I took another day off work.

I'm glad to know it isn't just me, though I'm sorry you had to deal with this!