How many imaginary coronavirus symptoms do you have?
today at 3:50 am
You wake up in the morning. There’s something catching in your throat. You clear it, but wonder. Is that a cough? Is this a symptom? Is this how it begins? Is it my turn for the coroanvirus?
How many of you are neurotic about your health? How often do you feel a slight twinge somewhere on your body and immediately head off to Google to check it out? I admit I do that? I’m the type that has a leg cramp and then goes to my doctor to tell him that I have advanced heart disease. If you’re anything close to that, this coronavirus pandemic must have you calling your therapist multiple times each day.
Here’s my story of paranoia. Maybe you can relate, maybe not. Maybe it’ll help you feel better, probably not.
I actually do have one of the symptoms. I have the dreaded dry cough. The good news is it started towards the end of last year, before the virus scare began. The not so good news is me and my doc have tried everything to get rid of it. I’ve been through two inhalers and some pills that did nothing. Next he told me that sometimes it takes more than six weeks for the cough to go away. Not all that reassuring. Finally, they gave me some prescription cough medicine with codeine that seems to doing the job. The cough is still there, but getting better.
The major problem with having a cough is the looks you get from other people. A month ago I walked into a grocery and started coughing. The dude entering with me took about five steps backwards like he was doing his best Michael Jackson imitation. A week later I saw people staring me down at the airport. Imagine how scared you would be getting on an airplane and sitting near someone coughing?
And yet, that’s not the stuff that is freaking me out. That’s real and being controlled. It’s the ones going through my brain that are doing that job.
I feel my head at least ten times a day. About half the time it feels normal. It’s the other times that drive my insanity. It feels like I’m burning up….or at least have a temperature of 100 degrees. I have no idea which one is true. We don’t have a thermometer. All the stores are out of them. We did order one on Amazon. The delivery is scheduled for some time in May. Apparently I’m not the only one with an imaginary fever.
Next comes the chills. It doesn’t matter when I’m taking one of my walks around the neighborhood, they’re still chills, right?
Finally, my throat does feel a little sore. I’m having a bit of a problem swallowing liquids. A few days ago, I downed some chloraseptic spray. I didn’t both with the spray attachment. I just downed a couple of swigs. It didn’t help with my imaginary throat issue, but it did help me sleep better….much better. Who knew alcohol was one of the main ingredients?
So, can you relate to this? Is this helping? Does this make you feel better, or at least not so alone with your emotions? You’re welcome.
I would go on with a few more maybe imaginary symptoms, but I think you get the point. Besides, I feel a little headache coming on. Hmmm…is that one of the symptoms? I think I may need a lay down for a nap.
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