Have you ever had a very high fever? If you have, then you've probably experienced that surreal feeling of hallucination while feverish. Sometimes
fever dreams can be scary....but other times they are simply downright comical.
I thought I'd share one of my funnier surreal moments in life.
This happened about ten years ago. I had a minor surgical procedure in the hospital; it was supposed to be one of those day surgeries where you leave
a couple hours later. Unfortunatly, I developed a nasty fever and was admitted to the hospital.
For three days they tried to figure out what was causing my fever (105.0F). Eventually they decided it was a reaction to the antibiotic they were
giving me...they stopped the drug and a few hours later I was well enough to go home.
Anyway, while I was sick my fever spiked a couple of times. The highest spike, though, is the event I want to tell you about.
The nurse would come check my temp every couple of hours. I don't know what my temp was when she checked it this time, but it must have been quite
high. My Mom, who was with me, started crying. The room filled up with five or six other nurses, who stripped me to my underwear, put me on a cooling
blanket (not fun) and started pouring ice water on me.
This was very surreal, of course. All kind of dream like. Still, I wasn't worried..just kinda observing things from that distant place. Then in
rushes a large African-American nurse I'd never seen before. She grabs a chair and plops down next to me, picks up my hand, and starts telling me
things like, "Don't you worry, honey.....you're going to be just fine. We're not going to let you die, don't you worry."
Well. I hadn't been worried about dying before, but I guessed it was a good time to start.
I should be worried, that this was major stuff happening. Then I realized I WAS worried. Deeply worried. And once that thought got in my
head, I could not stop thinking about it. Finally, I decided I just had to address the issue.
So I very seriously told the nurse to please make sure they put me in the Ziplock bags, because I didn't want to get freezer burn.
It got very silent, everyone was looking at me, kinda open mouthed. That's when the door opened and in walked my pastor, there to visit me. And me
half naked, covered in ice water, and worried about freezer burn.
my mother confirms I did, in fact, remember these events correctly and that I did ask to be put in Ziplock bags. She added that after my
fever dropped, the nurses were telling everyone about my comment and having quite a chuckle.
So...your turn, ATS! Ever had a fever dream?