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It had to happen...

Yesterday I was bragging about how I made it an entire winter flu season without getting sick. Had to sleep 10 hours a couple of nights, but woke up feeling fine the next day. When I said that, I did not knock wood, people. I DID NOT KNOCK WOOD. You know what's coming next:

This morning, I woke tired and groggy and sore, but attributed it to last night's Crossfit, even though I felt my best ever post-workout. By noon, I felt like pierced bicycle tires. Took my temp, and it said just shy of 100°. Haven't eaten more than a breakfast smoothie all day, just not hungry. Except for brains.

Crap. Couldn't miss today's "Science, Technology, & Society" class, as it was the last of the semester, and because it was all student presentations, all the time, I figured I could just sit back and enjoy.

(Yes, I was diligent about washing my hands, didn't shake any hands that were offered after class, and am not sneezing or coughing. Couldn't miss this one! I just hope what infects me isn't one of the horrible diseases a couple of the presentation teams discussed and/or dramatized....)

GEEBUS, but three hours is a long time to sit still. I was FREEZING in that classroom which, apparently, was warm and pleasant. Going home now to drink a lot of water and maybe watch some distracting movies. No class for me tomorrow, thank goodness! Sadly, I was going to test for my "white bandana" at Crossfit tomorrow, which would allow me to attend regular group WoDs.

Question: What can I take to reduce my fever that isn't an NSAID? I take Meloxicam every day, and don't want to make my stomach lining bleed. Help!

EDIT:When I got home, discovered it's now a fever of 101°. *sigh* Trying some green tea now. EDIT 2: Scratch that, it's almost 102° now. Wow, this is exciting!

Thanks,
Chris

Comments

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hdsqrl
May. 4th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh no! I swear the universe likes thinks it's funny to knock us down right when we're trying to accomplish something good for our bodies.

Hope you feel better soon!!
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
No kidding! Har dee har har.
curieuse
May. 4th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations on another jam-packed semester. A teacher after my own heart.

(Speaking of which, I'm teaching technical writing for the computer science department for the first time this coming fall -- any chance I could email you for some links/recommendations? It's totally fine if you're swamped.)
curieuse
May. 4th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
(And by email you, I mean email you this summer. Not in the middle of finals. Of course.)
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Absolutely - drop me an email and I'm happy to send you all the resources for teaching tech writing that you can stand!
saffronhare
May. 4th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
When my children had fevers and we needed to control fevers while limiting medications, cool (not cold) showers were helpful. Staying hydrated is a good choice, since your body is cooking something off. Hope you're feeling better soon!
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I drank SO MUCH water last night, and sweated it all out plus a lot more while I slept. The bed was soaked. Gross. Rehydrating today.
_luaineach
May. 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Leave that fever to cook your germs!! That's its job! You want that fever cooking away at 102.5-103.5 as long as you can bear it. If you CAN'T bear it, for whatever reason, acetaminophen isn't a nsaid.
dichroic
May. 4th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
I find that I often feel especially good and energetic during workouts right before symptoms of an illness show up. I've learned to be a bit wary.
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Sort of a euphoria before the storm, eh?
clevermanka
May. 4th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
And you laugh at my superstitions. =b
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Well, they're funny, anyway ;-D
carmy_w
May. 4th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping your fever has reduced a bit already, but if not, it appears that Tylenol is what you need, assuming you can take it.
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Went to bed last night with a fever of about 102.5°, then woke up this morning (after 10 hours in bed) at 98.4°. Tada!
xjenavivex
May. 4th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I third the Tylenol. Also, ice packs under your knees and arms can be helpful. It was hard to break my fevers as a kid. This was the trick my mom learned. My son is the same way and this helps him too. Cool baths and cold drinks as well.

I read in your last comment that your fever is down and I'm glad.

Way to soldier through your last class.
mckitterick
May. 4th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks - great advice!
margaretq
May. 7th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm a little late to the thread. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not an NSAID. If you are achy and have a fever of 101 or higher - taking the minimum dose should make you feel a ton better. So, go ahead and take it unless you have a compelling reason not to. If fever-ache is tolerable and under 101, take a couple lukewarm baths and go to bed (couch is okay too). Let your body work it out. Lukewarm baths and bed either way. Sleeeeep now...feel better sooner. If you can keep it down - take regular small nips of a soothing food. Drink plenty of fluids. If tea helps (and you have it), try it. I always feel like sipping a ginger tea with a little honey helps (if nothing else, it helps my stomach settle a bit).
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