atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#471: A souvenir I could have done without, part II

Oh no, it's not even close to being over. I was wrong. This is some kind of evil grinning death tonsillitis, damn it.

Four degrees of fever despite 800 mg of ibuprofen and 650 mg of Tylenol. The back of my throat hurts like hell--so bad that the doctor gave me a lidocaine solution to gargle with. (Of course, the lidocaine solution makes me heave, literally, whenever I try to use it.) I can barely eat anything. When I cough, it feels like my throat is tearing apart. And I'm not going to talk about the mucus rainbow.

How bad would it have been if I hadn't started on antibiotics right away? Would I even be alive now? Or would I just be in the hospital, wishing I were dead?

I knew it was serious when I got the fever. I usually don't get feverish, and my normal operating temperature is 97.6° F anyway. But last night when I saw the thermometer registering 101.8°F I was about ready to call an ambulance. For me, that is 4.2°F of fever and I was really starting to worry about a febrile seizure.

Whatever it is I've got, clearly it's something my immune system has never dealt with before. I just hope it's not contagious, because I don't want anyone else to get this.

My fiancee had tonsillitis when I got to the Philippines, and I figure I got what she had when we smooched--but it must be something her immune system is used to that mine isn't, because O God do I feel wretched.

I've been sucking down 44 oz Mountain Dew slurpees from the Speedway station to keep hydrated--the frozen concoction goes a long way towards soothing the pain in my throat--and eating hard boiled eggs and instant ramen when I felt hungry, which hasn't been that often. In fact, I need some food soon; the last time I ate was early this morning, something like 18 hours ago.

I guess, if nothing else, this'll be good for losing me some weight. I hope so. Something good damn well ought to come of a sinister illness like this.
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