Monday, December 2, 2013
I’m sick, and I have been sick since Saturday afternoon.
It’s really funny (as in “funny-odd”) when you are sick. The whole world seems different. I know that what is really different is me and that my perceptions are just being altered by my fever-ravaged brain, but it looks like the outside world has changed. The colors are different somehow and “Forms” (in Plato’s sense) are different too. It is as if I have been transported to an alternate world and I have never actually seen any of these everyday things before. It is almost like being high, except for the aches, pains and total crappy feeling, which ruins the whole far-out, unreal effect.
I’m not sure how to proceed with this disease. I took a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen last night and when I woke up briefly at 11PM it felt like the fever was completely gone. Then I woke up again at 1AM and it had returned with a vengeance. I got up and took another couple of ibuprofen, sat in the living room and waited an hour, and then took some more acetaminophen and got back to bed about 2:30. When I got up at 6:30 it felt like the fever was gone, so I took a shower, got dressed and came in to work. By 9AM however the fever was definitely back and I have taken more ibuprofen yet again. I hate doing all these drugs, even if they are OTC. They all have these dire warnings about avoiding long-term use and not to exceed “X” in 24-hours. On the other hand, those warnings are probably covering the 99.9-percentile of the population for the sake of corporate legal protection, so I am sure that there is plenty of wiggle-room in there. I wish you could get accurate information that you could trust and not tainted by goddamn lawyers.
I also hate the concept of running off to a doctor like a little baby-wimp. First, the chances are, based on prior experience, that I won’t get to see a “regular” doctor for at least a day or two; then I’m not convinced that they would do anything for me anyway. A few years ago I went to the hospital emergency-room in the middle of the night on a weekend with a raging high fever and all they did was keep me there for 8-hours and pump me with ibuprofen and acetaminophen to reduce the fever. They did a bunch of tests too, but even with all their wiz-bang high-tech they never could figure out anything. Shit – I can pop these pills myself and for a lot less than the $100/shot or whatever those leaches charge. Basically, I don’t see any point in getting the goddamn Medical Industry involved until I am so incapacitated that I need an ambulance.
I guess that Most People are different. My impression is that normal people trot off to a doctor at the least little sniffle and wail and curse and demand antibiotic pills to “cure” them. That, of course, is why we have Super-Bugs now that are resistant to the antibiotics and endangering the rest of us, and why now the Medical Industry is so loathe to give them out to anyone. It is also why medical insurance premiums are unaffordable. I guess that Most People would say; “I’m paying an arm-and-a-leg for this insurance, and I want to get my money’s worth”. Those idiots just don’t Get It. Health insurance is for when you spend a month in the ICU and rack up a million-dollar bill, not for a little fever or other minor boo-boo. I see no point in going to a doctor when there is a 90% chance that he will just say; “bed rest and plenty of fluids”. I have heard that before and I don’t need to pay good money to hear it again, because even if that payment is buffered through an insurance company it is still my money.
I’m thinking that I may hang-out here at work (doing as little as possible) until early afternoon and then ask to go home early. I usually get about 6-8 hours of relief from a dose of ibuprofen, so I should be more-or-less functional until at least 3PM or so. What I don’t want is to be so spaced-out with the fever-high that I can’t drive. My wife has reported that she is getting sick too. She is coughing a lot, but then she coughs and clears her throat constantly anyway so it doesn’t seem much different to me. Hopefully her symptoms won’t be as severe as mine are.