Nevertheless, in Your great compassion You did not make an end of them or forsake them,
For You are a gracious and compassionate God.
“I’m experiencing a sensation altogether new to me — and frankly, I like it.” In fact, I don’t like it, but the sensation is altogether new to me. I have no memory of ever contracting the true influenza virus before; my previous flu experiences all err on the gastrointestinal distress side, rather than the actual flu. Now, however, I continue to have the memorable experience of suffering from an influenza similar to the type that struck in the 1918 pandemic.
It feels like having the first day of a horrible cold…five days in a row (so far), with the addition of aching everywhere, especially in my eyes and the back of my head. It was a very distinctive feeling. Before I started taking serious doses of Tylenol, I had a fever that spiked up to 103.8°F, rather impressive for an adult. Now, on Day 2 of Serious Tylenol Cold Consumption, I have no fever but I ache most places in a low-grade way, and my throat — which was agonizingly sore Friday night and into Saturday — has stopped hurting but my nose now plays host to more germs than I care to think about. I keep blowing or nasal cleansing them out, but alas, my efforts continue to remain a step behind my microscopic but multitudinous enemies.
Ian has taken care of me by waking me up at 1:30 am to take drugs and drink water, as well as bringing me whatever I want — which, unfortunately, is not much. Too bad I only have him at my beck and call when I don’t feel like becking or calling. In any case, we’re both staying home from church today. I will continue on the massive doses of Tylenol, but I have low expectations about my ability to make it to work at all next week. The good news is that I now know the best way to cover my cough, so when I do go back to work, I can spare my coworkers that risk of infection.
Thinking about it, though, I probably acted as a fabulous vector for spreading the flu last Thursday and Friday. Good thing most of my coworkers got the free flu vaccine… and too bad I didn’t.
Well, all this typing has tired me out. Time for some Tylenol and a nap.