Tuesday, May 03, 2005Sick
Last night while I was plugging away at that screenplay, doing all the fiddly cutting and pasting that presumably nobody else wanted to do, I started feeling a bit off. I was cold, and began to shake, hoping desperately that I was just cold and tired. (It was, to be fair, a bit chilly last night.) Mercifully the screenplay work didn't take as long as it might have -- only about three hours -- but by the time I was done I was bad enough off that I was going a little fuzzy and having increasing difficulty focusing on what I was doing. I finished up and climbed under my covers, praying quietly that a good night's sleep would take care of it, but even after a double dose of ibuprofen the shaking continued unabated for several hours. I didn't have a thermometer so I couldn't tell for sure, but it absolutely felt like a fever. I stayed lucid the whole time, so it couldn't have been higher than 103F or so, but it felt like the fucking black death.
I bundled up and took some aspirin and eventually got to sleep, and woke up this morning feeling not quite as bad, but definitely not well. I've managed to get myself through my day's obligations -- not to mention a stop for vitamin C tablets, a thermometer, and a few days' supply of ramen noodles (mmm... pure refined starch) -- and I'm now gratefully back in my room. But this is the worst possible timing. I still have work to do and a very limited time in which to do it -- all semester long I've managed to avoid the various flus and colds that have taken dowm everyone around me, but I'd rather have gotten one before than now, as I hurtle towards the end-of-term due date. Even a few days of lost productivity will throw me irretrievably off my goals.
The thing is, apart from this fever, nothing especially seems to be wrong: no nausea, no headache, no cough, no congestion, no sore throat, no nothing. Just the chills and the shaking and the feeling generally crappy. I literally went from totally fine around 10 PM to shaking and moaning by 1 AM. I'm going to stay resolutely in my bed for the rest of the night in the hopes of dodging this bullet -- better to lose one day than several if I can manage it. Whether that works or not, though, I don't know. In the meantime, I'm keeping myself full of anti-inflammatory medicines and super-doses of vitmain C (3000 mg/day should be sufficient.)