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28 October 2005 — My Throat Hurts (11)

I get sick a couple times a year, but usually it's nothing major: just a head cold accompanied by endless weariness. Once every two or three years, though, I get knocked on my ass by some bug or other. Now is one of those times.

I've been fighting something for the past month, and thought I had kicked it. Maybe I hadn't. Or maybe I caught something from one of the kids at Monday Night Football. (I do a poor job of not sharing food with them.) On Wednesday night, the illness began to take me down. My throat hurt. My nose was stuffed. My throat hurt. I couldn't sleep. My throat hurt. My throat hurt. My throat hurt.

I stayed home from work yesterday to sleep late. When I woke, my throat hurt. I drank three huge mugs of hot Thai tea. My throat hurt. Hopped up on all the caffeine, I cleaned the entire (!!!) house. My throat hurt. I took a long, hot bat. My throat hurt.

In the evening, Kris made a quesadilla for me. It was my first real food of the day, and tasted more delicious than it ought to be, but after I ate it my throat hurt. I took my temperature for the first time: 99.8. (My personal norm is 98.2, except that it is 97.8 after waking in the morning.) I tried to watch an Africa documentary from Netflix, but couldn't concentrate. My throat hurt.

I went to bed at 8:00 and slept til midnight, when I woke because my sinuses had become plugged (which is not good while wearing a C-PAP mask), and because my throat hurt. I took my temperature: 100.5. Finally, I sprayed my throat with some of that green gunk, but it didn't do anything. My throat hurt. (Roths are notoriously slow at applying medicinal treatment to ailments.)

I've spent the past hour sitting at the computer, surfing aimlessly, waiting to become tired, or for my sinuses to clear, or, especially, for my throat to cease hurting. I can't concentrate, though, so mostly I sit here, staring into space, listening to the patter of the cold rain outside the window. I think that maybe I should go downstairs and wash dishes or sort my books out of Dewey Decimal order or do some Extreme Soduku.

But my eyes are watery and sore. My body temperature is 100.0. I want to sleep.

My throat hurts.


Comments
On 28 October 2005 (03:26 AM), J.D. said:

Oh, look. It's 3:24 and I'm still up. My throat is still sore. I still can't fall asleep. My temperature is 99.7. I may go downstairs to take a bath. I'm craving bean with bacon soup. Would it be strange to fix some in the middle of the night?


On 28 October 2005 (06:54 AM), mrs darling said:

sounds like strep. get to the doc.


On 28 October 2005 (07:10 AM), Jethro said:

Oh, get over it already. I was sick too, but did I miss any work? No.

It sounds to me like you need some Airborne... I started taking it the moment my throat started feeling icky... and I really think it had something to do with my being able to get over this illness so quickly.

Of course, it really could be strep, but then Mrs. Darling thinks that everything is strep... ;-)

Finding out if you have strep would require going to the doctor, and you really don't want to go there... they really don't know anything anyway. Everytime I go in thinking I've got strep, they tell me, "You've got a virus. Take over-the-counter medication". Thank you, that's what I was doing before I paid a $15 copay (and thousands of dollars in insurance premiums) to come see you. Now give me some freakin' antibiotics!

Actually, if you can shake an illness without antibiotics, it will only make your immune system stronger. Overuse of antibiotics just breeds an unhealthy dependancy on them... OTC or herbal is the way to go.


On 28 October 2005 (07:57 AM), Joel said:

I don't really like going to the doctor, either, (and I have to wonder about people who go at the drop of a hat) but my personal rule of thumb is that if I'm feeling so sick that I really can't do work or study (as opposed to so sick that I just don't really want to work/study) AND I have a sign of illness (like your fever), then I go to the doctor.
In this case, if they give you a throat culture, and you do have strep, and it's susceptible to zithro (which I'm assuming is the antibiotic they'd give you), you could feel much better very soon.


On 28 October 2005 (09:30 AM), J.D. said:

98.2!!

Yay.


On 28 October 2005 (11:36 AM), Mrs Darling said:

(((JEFF))) I'll have you know young man that evrything in my house IS strep! So there! lol


On 28 October 2005 (11:39 AM), Mrs Darling said:

Oh and by the way Jeffy we all know where to go for Mexican food now. Do ya think you could tell us something new?


On 28 October 2005 (11:53 AM), Jethro said:

Mrs. D,

I would love to do a new entry on something, anything... but I can't. Really. My blog is dead like JD's was there for a few days... I can't sign in to post and nobody can leave a comment.

Not sure when (or if) it will be revived... I'd ask JD but he's home nursing a sore throat today...


On 28 October 2005 (01:24 PM), mrs darling said:

Well now if that just aint the pits! Get yourself a blogger template and start again! You have my sympathies.


On 28 October 2005 (05:03 PM), Lisa said:

My throat hurts, too. Fortunately, I don't have the other symptoms yet. Hope you feel better...


On 29 October 2005 (10:37 AM), aaron said:

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