I Can Has Sympathy?

I hate being sick. Hate, hate, hate.

I spent the entire day yesterday, and most of today, in bed.  My fever went as high as 39.3 degrees and, despite the fact that I was so very, very hot, I felt so very, very cold.  Any time I got out of bed (primarily to get a refill of tea), I had to put my touque on and even then I would be shivering and would have to get back to bed as quickly as possible, getting under my three blankets to try to not feel like I was freezing to death. My weirdest symptom, I think, was the my sense of taste has become very acute – salt tastes very, very salty and sweetness tastes super super sweet.

I was trying to figure out if I had a cold or a flu, but can’t quite figure it out. According to a table comparing cold and flu symptoms in Vancouver Coastal Health’s Pandemic Preparedness booklet, fever (usually between 38-40 degrees) are common with the flu, but rare with a cold; conversely, sore throat is common with a cold, but rare with the flu2.  So, who knows.

Mercifully, my fever seems to have abated now.  I still have a wicked, wicked cough though.  I’ve graduated to sitting on my couch, without any blankets, watching my beloved Canucks streaming live on cbcsports.ca!

1not that it really matters, as either way you just need to rest and drink lots of fluids
2Why is it that we say “a” cold, but “the” flu? They are both caused by many strains of virus, so shouldn’t we say “I have a flu”?

5 Replies to “I Can Has Sympathy?”

  1. Here is your sympathy…
    awwwww, poor Bethy, I hope your widdle froat feels better-wetter.

    I hope you have bendy straws. A sick person should always administer liquids with the aid of a bendy straw, it helps.

  2. I certainly sympathize with anyone sick this season. I did very little breathing through my nose in three of the past six weeks. I still don’t know what the second illness I had was, but it came on with that wicked sort of fever, then gave me two weeks of the most severe sinus congestion I’ve ever experienced. It was maddening to feel so rotten, get so little sleep, and lose the ability to concentrate on much of anything for more than a few minutes at a stretch. Steamy showers provided the only effective respite.

    In any case, I hope what you have passes soon and leaves you stronger for the ordeal. The warm part of spring is just about the worst time for pathogens to establish a nose-and-throat beachhead in their perpetual war against the human immune system. Here’s hoping your system swiftly and totally kicks microbe ass.

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