a reply to: EnigmaChaser
I'm located in North Central Illinois. Been wanting to get out of this filthy hell hole of a state for years. At the end of this Month, we were
finally set to burn the tires off our vehicle moving to Tennessee, but... yeah.
What your wife is experiencing - the symptoms and sensations - describes PERFECTLY what I am experiencing, and have been for the last 5 or 6 days.
Approx a week ago, had light sinus pressure and a runny/stuffy nose. That was gone in 36hrs.
Then 4 days ago, I got that dry, scratchy feeling in my throat. Turned into a sore throat, and by bedtime, a mild, semi-productive cough. Noon the
next day, I felt a bit chilly and checked my temp. A low fever, just under 100°. It hung around the rest of the day, but never got any higher than
that. I drank some water and crashed out early. Woke up the next morning (3 days ago) with no fever whatsoever. Still had that cough, but it was
getting better. Was good to go all day... I just wrote it off as a case of horrible timing, although I've been careful to avoid any possibility of
exposure for at least 2 weeks. (When I say careful, I can guaran-gdamn-tee that I didn't touch any surfaces in public, or touch my face, or even
breathe the same air as anyone outside of my family and our home. Not in the last 2 weeks, didn't happen.)
Same deal that next day, Sunday, March 15th, 2 days ago. Felt fine.
Then yesterday (March 16th) I felt ok all day. In the evening around 7pm, I was watching a movie with my wife & kid before putting her to bed. Very
suddenly I felt the fever return, but this time it came on stronger and more quickly, no mistaking that feeling. But it wasn't accompanied by any
nausea, cramping, or physical pain (when facing something like stomach flu or food poisoning, these other symptoms tend to roll in on that first wave,
along with the fever). I snuck away and grabbed our thermometer - yep, 101.5°F.
The rest of last night, my temp kinda bounced around between 99.3 and a high of 101.7. But even when I was reading at the highest, I didn't shiver or
get those characteristic chills as I expected. You probably know the feeling, like you're standing wet and naked outdoors in a winter wind. That's
what I've always experienced with fever in the past... and I mean ALWAYS. But not yesterday. #ing weird.
However, from that evening, I HAVE been feeling odd. I was having a rough time explaining it to my wife, or even describing it myself. (And as you've
probably guessed by this ridiculous essay, finding the right mix of adjectives and descriptors has never been a problem for me.) I bundled up under
the covers, and with a bit of difficulty, went to sleep.
Woke this morning feeling almost 100%. No fever, a good appetite, plenty of energy. I felt relieved. Then about 7pm, the fever returned once again,
fluctuating between 99 and 101°F. Maybe a little short of breath I suppose. But there are two things that I can't shake:
1. I find the exact parallels between your/your wife's description of her symptoms and my own to be more than just coincidence. And I'm 2/3 of the way
across the North American continent.
2. Member SlateSteam describes the slightly dizzy, cloudy-headed, not-quite-myself feeling he's had like this: "...something strangely feeling
neurological". This perfectly sums up how my own brain has felt for the last 48hrs... That is to say, decidedly unfamiliar to me. This is deeply
troubling, especially considering what we've read about this novel virus's willingness to cross the blood-brain barrier and set up shop in the CNS.
Doctors commenting on a lung infection, but refusing to test for the presence of NCoV-19, and sending her on her way with a "You'll be fine." All that
while refusing to even enter the room. And I've heard interviews with several doctors who were very quick to treat any alarmism with disdain. But once
the same docs were seeing it firsthand, many said they've never seen anything like it. Many of them say "The rate of complications is unbelievable."
Those words keep echoing in my head...
It doesn't add up, friends. Not one f#ing bit.
Personally, I think this is a bioweapon. There are just too many strange facts and news stories, and too many loose threads for it to be a wholly
natural virus that resulted from a random mutation in a Chinese market.
OR... as a person of logic and science, I must concede the possibility that my symptoms could be a regular old flu. Or all this unprecedented societal
insanity could be causing the psychosomatic manifestation of CoViD-19 symptoms.
But I highly doubt it.
Hug the ones who mean the most to you, tell them how important they are to you and how much you care.
There's no telling what tomorrow could bring.
Stay safe friends. God speed.