I'm far from home again, awaiting the arrival of my first evaluation of the day. I've got two scheduled today, which will pretty much locks me in until 5pm.
Yesterday, and until I got up this morning at 5, I had doubts about whether I would make it to the job today. I was feeling out of sorts all week, then, Thursday night and all day yesterday, I felt absolutely lousy. Coughing, stiffness, soreness, malaise. I'm not a baby about pain. It was awful.
Self-diagnosis: bronchitis, which I'm not prone to, but the internet says it might be bronchitis. Except I'm not sure because there are a hundred other possibilities, including some exotic illnesses. Anyway, I could barely sleep last night. I kept waking up overheated, sore and coughing repeatedly. Miraculously, I feel much better this morning. Not great, by any stretch, because I slept so little. But I feel much better. Canceling today would have presented huge rescheduling difficulties, so I'm glad I could make it, though I wish my workday was over and I could be teleported home instead of driving 90 minutes this evening.
At one point yesterday (Friday), I wanted to check my temperature because I was sure I had a fever. No thermometer at work, so I staggered over to Walgreen's. As I checked the various instant LCD thermometers, it occurred to me that they might not come with batteries. Of course they do, but I was feeling so badly, I couldn't think straight. Anyway, that led me to purchase a solar powered thermometer to avoid a battery problem.
So I returned to the office and promptly read the instruction packet included with the thermometer. It said leave thermometer in strong light for at least five hours before first use. ugh. Back to Walgreen's. I bought an old fashioned thermometer: temperature 98.6 on the button.
Maybe I am a baby.
Saturday night, still no fever
Got through Saturday fine. Woke up this morning with that cough accompanied by that malaise and stiffness. Not that bad, but if it continues until tomorrow I'll probably see a doc.
Sunday afternoon waiting again.
Felt worse as the day went on, not worse than Friday, but pretty bad.
102.7 fever. Went to Northwestern Medicine. Waiting to see a doc.
Maybe I'm not a baby.
This reminds me of of someone I dated a few times in the early 90s. It was maybe the third time we were hanging out. I'd noticed I had a cough, but I otherwise felt fine and didn't even mention it, but I coughed. She asked if I was sick and I answered that I had a little bit of a cough. That's it.
Her reflex reaction was: Men are such babies
Whatever. I said nothing. Just made a mental note about what she feels she needs from men and that it may be a bit overdriven.
I went out of town after that and I ended up in the hospital with temperature near 104, after oral antibiotics couldn't touch an infection I'd developed.
When I returned home, about a week went by and I heard from the woman. She asked if I wanted to get together, so we did. She asked about my vacation and I told her I'd been in the hospital with an infection. I didn't mention her earlier remark, and I don't think my tone conveyed an attitude, but, who knows? These things can be subtle. She immediately remarked on her comment being out of line when she said men are such babies. It was sheepishly delivered, but it was said. She was very smart, pretty and a very capable person, but I stopped seeing her, not because of that remark per se, but because it was part of a larger personality package of impulsivity and poor judgment that doesn't interest me.
4:30 I am awaiting results of a swab for the flu. My temp is 102.6. If it isn't a flu, they'll give me a chest X-Ray for early signs of pneumonia. The doctor said I'm a baby ;-) Truth is, he seemed highly capable and has an excellent bedside manner. Took his time to explain everything.
Confirmed: it's the flu.