Friday, February 01, 2008

Yucky Bug

The other night I felt awful. My legs and joints were painful, swollen, and warm to the touch. It was a lot like when I'd get edema as an allergic reaction to cipro. Since I had been on a new medication for the last 2 weeks, I figured that was the source of the problem. When my breathing got wheezy and tight, I was even more convinced that what was going on was an allergic reaction. The weirdest part was the fever. That didn't seem to quite fit.

The fever was awful yesterday. I felt so cold, even bundled up in layers and a sweater, but I was still trembling and shivering. My hands were shaking so badly I could hardly type, and my teeth were chattering enough to make talking a challenge. I only stayed at work for the morning before I came home. I spent the rest of the day on the couch, drifting in an out of sleep with a pile of blankets on me an a space heater aimed at me.

I seem to have sweat the bug right out of me. So much dried salt had crusted on my skin from the fever, that once I got into the bathtub, it all just floated on the surface. Very gross. I had to follow up my bath with a shower, just to be clean!

Today my mom came to town to help out around the house since I'm under the weather. She's really great about that. Sometimes I feel guilty for having her come down to help out. I feel like I should be able to do things myself and not need any help. But then I come to my senses and realize that there are certain things I truly cannot do when I'm sick or having trouble.

Yes I'm only 27, but I'm a 27 year old with progressing CF. I'm not a wimp, I just don't have the physical resources available to me that that my peers do. I do what I can with what I've got, and for what it's worth, I think I do a pretty bang up job of it. :)

In the meantime, though, I'm still fighting off this bug (which I may have caught from my CF nurse on Monday) and resting as much as I can.

Oh no. I hope you are feeling better soon. xoxo
I'm sorry you have a bug to contend with. Feel better soon.
I think you do MORE than a bang up job! I hope you beat the bug and feel back to your self soon!
After reading your post over at the forum, I'm wondering how you are.
And now after your reading your post, I know where you are. I hope the medicine works quickly and your soon well again.
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