Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Face of Swine Flu...

I have been diagnosed with the H1N1 influenza virus.  On Sunday night/Monday morning I started coughing.  Then on Monday I got a bad fever.  Ugh.  My body can't make up its mind.  I go from sweating to shivering and then back to sweating.  This is not very fun.  I'm doing ok though.  I just hope that I didn't give it to too many others.  I didn't want my friends that I hung out with on Sunday to know this, but the doctor told me today that one of the most contagious days is the day before you know you have it.  That was Sunday.  I hung out with like 20 people... oops.  Oh well, nothing I could do.  It's funny that we played "Werewolf" on Sunday, as it turns out that I have a virus that is easily transmitted.  Instead of biting people to rally more Werewolves to my cause, I'm coughing on people to rally more swine!

I have to miss a week of school.  So far my professors are being cool about it, but one of them hasn't talked to me about it yet.  There's a paper due in her class tomorrow, and I'm just not doing it.  I can't think clearly enough to write a decent paper right now.  Oh, and I'm missing a test tomorrow.  Ugh.  I'm going to be SO behind.  I hate being behind. 

I'm also SO sick of my bed.  I want to have contact with living human beings.  Everytime I do talk to someone it's hard because they always make me laugh and then I start having a coughing fit.  I'm discovering that I would make a terrible hermit though.  Anyway, I get to just deal with this for the next week.

Oh, I forgot to mention that fevers make me a little bit CRAZY.  My mind races really bad, especially when I try to sleep.  And I tend to hallucinate or think too fast to make sense of anything I think.  (For instance, one time I couldn't sleep because I was feverishly making up equations and math problems in my head that were nonsensical.)

Some Random Swine Flu Thoughts:

  • I just watched a 1960s movie of Poe's "Pit and the Pendulum."  It was somewhat interesting.  But mostly boring.  I just can't be scared by such old movies.
  • The doctor I went to today was a low-talker.  I hope he didn't say anything too important that I couldn't hear but nodded my head in agreement to:  "You have 3 weeks to live."  -- "Ok Doctor, sounds good."
  • Yay!  I just noticed that I don't have a headache right now.
  • Hip Hip Hoorah for at least not having diarrhea or vomiting to this point.
  • Is it sad that I haven't watched any of my DVDs because they're on the other side of the room?
  • I went to the store today to buy groceries after my doc's appointment and I felt super guilty the whole time I was there.  I didn't really touch anything except the grocery cart.  So hopefully they took their time in retrieving it from the parking lot.
  • I honestly almost bought a Snuggie today!  How frightening is that?!
  • There were two other people at the Student Wellness Center that had to wear facemasks, so I was definitely not the only one with the Swiggity Flizzle.
  • Is it sad that I feel a little bit cool for getting the disease that is so famous right now?
  • If anyone has any great ideas for things for me to do in all this down time, please let me know!


  1. There's nothing wrong with a snuggie... if you really want one, I will go get you one :D

  2. Jeff, don't worry. I've got your back. I am an excellent hermit, and I have a few things you can do.

    1) Crochet a blanket.
    2) Get a cat.
    3) Crochet a sweater for your cat.
    4) Guilt your roomies into buying you treats.
    5) Catch up on all of those TV shows you've always wanted to watch.
    6) Watch the Bourne trilogy. ;-)
    7) You like the show Castle, right? Did you know that they actually wrote Heat Wave by Richard Castle? You can go to ABC's website and download the first 10 chapters. It's most likely total trash, but I think it's a novel idea. (Ba doom ching!)
    8) Read something awesome and incredibly long like Les Miserables.
    9) On second thought, read something easy and entertaining like Harry Potter!
    10) Sleep, sleep, sleep.

    That's all for now. I'll think of more and send you good vibes.