At sometime between 2:30 and 5:30 pm today, Thursday, May 28th, my body regained the ability to self regulate temperature. How it does that without sweating I don’t know and I think as long as I don’t have another fever, I don’t want to know (but I expect I WILL have another fever….sometime). At the same time, my heartrate, which had been high with many erratic beats also returned to normal. I believe that the heart beats were a) either an attempt through increased circulation to try and bring down my temperature or b) another sign of loss of autonomic control. Also, the burning in my head/eyes, the ring of fire headache, joint aches and pains and other signs of a fever have gone. Leaving me thankful I did not follow up on what in my fever was a confused understanding of two suggestions by my readers…..to have a rectal Popsicle (hey after wearing an ice vest for 6 hours nothing seems outlandish).
I am dizzy, have lost my voice and seem weak, as in, if sat upon by my teddy bears, would I be able to move? I felt somewhat that the temperature had regained control before the nap but wanted to have a two hour nap and see how I was afterward (since the fever seems to spike in the afternoon and after the nap). So I called Linda and work and rasped that she could stay late. She said that she would be home around seven as she would work late and pick up groceries. I said that I wasn’t sure if I would be here as BADMINTON starts then (What! What? I’ve been almost better for a whole like, 4 hour already!). All I got on the phone was an "oooooohhhhhh!" She thought that the urge to talk which would strip my throat and the urge to not "just do one game" would be too much and did I really want to go back into the mental and physical hell I had just emerged from?
Well no, but, but….(insert plaintive voice) badminton?
I agreed I would wait and that while LOGIC dictates waiting a 24 hour period to see if waking up or getting hot is dealt with in a normal fashion instead of returning to a fever. After so MANY days of sleeping, sleeping, pain, pain, pain, pain until I fall asleep and waking up in pain. That actually DOING something sounded a lot more like a "non-fevered" Beth thing to do than "Resting and taking it easy." Sigh.
Anyway, thank you for all your support and if anyone does that popsickle suppository, let me know it goes, so I have some data for next time. I expect to post tonight, as this is just a, "Beth is not a human crock-pot" post.
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