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Emily Dickinson #292
If your Nerve, deny you--/ Go above your Nerve -- 11%
He can lean against the Grave,/ If he fear to swerve -- 0%
That's a steady posture --/ Never any bend 0%
Held of those Brass arms --/ Best Giant made -- 0%
If your Soul seesaw --/ Lift the Flesh door -- 22%
The Poltroon wants Oxygen --/ Nothing more -- 33%
c. 1861/1935 0%

Votes: 9

 I feel terrible.

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Oct 02, 2001
It seems I'm sick.

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I have this horrible fever and chills and all the rest of it. I think I could even have strep throat. Sorry, for those of you in the UK, I don't know what the bovine equivalent of strep throat is, but suffice it to say that you treat it with antibiotics.

Maybe tomorrow I can get some use out of Gonzaga's fanatically pro-life student health clinic and see if they can do a throat culture for me. They forced me to buy their health insurance this semester, even though I already have Washington Basic Health. I don't want to just start popping penicillin if I don't actually know if I need it. It isn't good for you.

My girlfriend is visiting this weekend, but I fear I should tell her to stay away, lest she catch this horrible bug.

And I also have a ton of school work to do, but I can't concentrate at all. What should I do? Maybe just spend the entire week in bed and hope things are better next week.


nasty stuff going around (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by elby on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 07:03:54 PM PST
I don't remember where you are geographically, but here in Seattle several of my friends are sick with what they claim is at least as nasty as ebola.

One of my friends was telling me about how his throat is supposedly bleeding. It sounds lovely. I'm staying away. :)


Makes you wonder (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 03:21:28 AM PST
If biological terrorism could be to blame ?

It could be anthrax. (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by Duke Machesne on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 12:28:47 PM PST
It's true.

once you've remembered, you'll never forget

it is clear what your ailment is (5.00 / 4) (#2)
by osm on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 07:26:36 PM PST
i was perplexed until you mentioned your girlfriend coming to visit. you have obviously contracted a disease from the creature. women are vile, disease-ridden animals. dump her and bathe in a tub full of bleach. then meditate for as many weeks as it takes to purify your spirit of the plague she has wrought upon you.

of course, you won't listen to me. you are under a spell. i pity you.

OT: Penicillin. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by tkatchev on Tue Oct 2nd, 2001 at 09:50:49 PM PST
Penicillin isn't bad for you per se, it simply forces the bacteria to evolve faster. This means that the more penicillin you take, the higher your chance of contracting a disease that is imprevious to antibiotics. The world is a strange place, indeed.

Peace and much love...

Trust an Expert (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by hauntedattics on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 11:11:37 AM PST
If you can see your tonsils and they have little white spots all over them, you either have strep or tonsillitis. Get a culture, and if it is strep, then get on antibiotics even if you have qualms. I've seen scarlet fever (which is what happens when strep goes untreated) and it ain't pretty. In fact, it's pustulent, itchy and painful, and your throat swells up like a balloon.
Almost as horrible as osm's vision of women.

If, on the other hand, it's just the flu or some other virus, hit the bed, drink lots of fluids and take an aspirin. If you play it right your girlfriend may come visit and play nurse.

Yes. (none / 0) (#7)
by elenchos on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 12:31:19 PM PST
In reply to you and tkatchev, that is sort of what I meant. If I have strep, then of course I need antibiotics, but I don't like it when they say "Um, you're sick and we don't know what it is, so take these randomly-chosen antibiotics and we'll see what that does." You shouldn't take them unless you know that you actually have a bacterial infection, and not a virus or something.

As it is, I've decided that my case is probably hopeless and that I'm almost certainly going to die. I can just tell. I'm still going to the doctor, just to keep up appearances and maintain some level of formality in the face of chaos. And I don't want anyone saying I died because I was too pig-headed to visit the doctor.

I actually determined quite some time ago that I was doomed, along with everyone else. All the evidence points to not just death for each of us, but the collapse of our civilization and ultimately the destruction of first our solar system and finally the universe itself.

I realize that my negative attitude would actually make my recovery more difficult, but since I have no chance of recovery, it makes no difference. I might as well face the truth.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

re: Trust an Expert (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by osm on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 12:40:49 PM PST
If you play it right your girlfriend may come visit and play nurse.


re: Trust an Expert (none / 0) (#11)
by sputnik on Thu Oct 4th, 2001 at 10:00:54 AM PST

a sponge bath is one of life's greatest pleasures, osm.

UPDATE: Grim news. (none / 0) (#9)
by elenchos on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 04:23:34 PM PST
I saw the doctor today, and apparently, he was so taken aback by my terminal prognosis that he couldn't bring himself to tell me the awful truth. Instead, he tried to boost my spirits by making up some tale about the clinic throat test showing negative for strep throat, and that they would call me tomorrow about the throat culture results.

It is true that it is nothing so minor as strep throat of course, so that much of my doctors well-meaning fiction is true. The inevitable conclusion from the look of finality on his face is that it is a case of this new virulent strain of Bubonic Plague, which has already killed some two-thirds of the population of Europe, if reports are to be believed. "Optimists" suggest only half the population has been wiped out, as if that makes much difference.

It's funny how a physician hardened by daily exposure to death instinctively learns to protect himself from getting too close to the dying. As soon as he returned from examining the evidence of my impending death, his whole way of looking at me changed. He sort of looked through me, or around me. He no longer wanted to connect with me as one of the living, but had begun to think of me in the past tense.

His sort of rote recital of "you should start feeling better in 3 to 5 days, take care of yourself!" was utterly hollow, and almost funny in its irony. But I have already come to terms with my mortality, and no longer pay much attention to such things. It's all over for me, and so why continue to be entangled in earthly banalities? Such things mean nothing to the dying.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

I beseech you, (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by poltroon on Wed Oct 3rd, 2001 at 10:07:05 PM PST
struggle for a few more days to hold on to the last strands of your tender life, so I can be there to feel your last breath. And then maybe take some photos.


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