I had expected this to be a pretty good day. Â The workweek was over, and Double XP weekend has begun in City of Heroes, one of my favorite games. Â To top it all off, I bought a new mobile phone, except it is more like a small always-online computer. Â A small, SLOW computer, but even so.
But toward the end of the workday, I noticed that I was feeling weak. I came home and saw that my pulse was far above normal, so that just standing was the equivalent of exercise. Â I tried to mow lawn again since it wasn’t raining today, but had to give it up, my pulse was way out of normal range then. I also had a slight headache and my skin felt warm to the touch. Â The temperature was only elevated by less than a degree Celsius, though.
Over the course of the evening my hemorrhoids have grown ever more painful. These made themselves known earlier in the week as I had a near brush with constipation after adding salt to my diet. Â There hasn’t been anything the last day or two to cause this pain though, which is worse than in many months at least. Â Anyway, I haven’t heard of anyone getting fever from hemorrhoids (and I suspect 9 out of 10 women have had worse piles than I) so instead I was like OMG SWINE FLU PLZ HEAL in my head.
However, the pulse has gone down a bit, as have the other symptoms, except the hemorrhoids which are getting steadily worse. -_- I’ve read that a blood clot may happen in these occasionally and cause unbearable pain. Â It is however not fatal (or about in the risk range of meteor strikes). Â So the flu would be worse. Â Last time I had (normal, seasonal) flu, the fever came in the night, and when I woke up it was just barely I did. I had to crawl, literally, to the bathroom, where I somehow with great effort got the cold water to run and splashed enough on me to cool me down to where I began to think clearly and take full control of my body. That was a near miss. Â But at least I am not responsible for anyone else, so all I need to focus on is staying alive. Â Tonight I am eating a small dose of paracetamol before going to bed. Â I generally avoid Paracet because of the risk to the liver, and Aspirin because of the stomach lining, but right now my priority is a bit different. Dying with a great liver is not a priority. Not that I think the Great Flu would withdraw this easily, so I really don’t know what it is. Â But just in case.