I've been feeling like a piece of expired "fermented tofu" - yeah, EXPIRED ... fermented tofu, smells funny but really, it is edible. BUT, "expired" ..
It is like, I feel awful but maybe I am okay after all - then again, what if it is "expired", like I am sick, I wouldn't really know the difference - right? wrong? (I am on so many sort of medication (immunosuppressive ones) that screw with the way my body response to infection.)
It started with a slight cough, congested nose, hot flashes (no fever) a week after I got home from my holiday. I waited for three days before going to the hospital. Why 3 days? I wanted to see if I could get well on my own by swallowing paracetamol! I do not want to be labelled as a "hypochondriac".
At the hospital, I was directed to the "FEVER CENTER" despite me telling them, I don't have a fever - well, flu symptoms are automatically directed to the "FEVER CENTER" due to the swine flu scare. At the FEVER CENTER, I was the only one with mask .. how nice, for all you know, someone healthy could have contracted swine flu by just being there! I'd say, it is more like a "RISK CENTER", with god knows what sort of germs, bacteria, viruses hopping around, happily choosing their next victim to suck on, "hey, that one smells like she just had bacon, let's hop on her! wooo hoooo!"
Anyway, to cut the story short, after one week of antibiotic and ridiculous amount of paracetamol prescribed (my liver is probably yelling at me now!) - I am still feeling weird. I have no fever but hot flashes, congested nose and now cough is getting worse.
Should I go see the Doctor again? It is hard to be treated seriously if symptoms are like mine. This is when I really wish my temperature will spike and at least I can say to the Doc, hey - I HAVE FEVER ... looky ... it is not in my mind!
Until I get a FEVER or collapse because of excessive coughing - I shall remain in my humble abode.
I hope to get better. I need to get better. I need to work and make $$$.
And I hope it is not the f**cking "shingles" - as it is a known adverse effect of the drug I am taking - plus, hey
WebMD says :-
"Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body."
" Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems because of stress, injury, certain medicines, or other reasons"
"Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later."
Oh great? I know at least two lupus friends who just had "shingles" and described it like "chicken from hell"!
Plus, hey - I just had my chicken pox early this year! Let's end the year with "Shingles" - Shingles bells, shingles bells .. shingles all the way - hmmm too far from Christmas though.
A big touch wood ..
BUT hey, cough is not a symptom of shingles, so that's good right?