Knowing I had to have blood tests today, I made sure I drank a lot of water yesterday. I only ate once – some toast with olive oil spread – in order to avoid causing any aggravation. I should not have bothered, as, once again, before bed I had the same experience as the night before. I had very little sleep, woke up and experienced a repeat of yesterday. I checked my temperature again and it was still higher than normal.
I attended the surgery and, while waiting for my appointment, the hospital called to book my MRI for next week. The lovely, sweet phlebotomist struggled to find a vein and I apologised saying I had taken as much fluid as possible. After three attempts, the second yielding very little, we had success. I am fortunate in that phlebotomist is so gentle that you don’t feel anything. As soon as I left the surgery, I contacted my consultant’s office and was advised to take earliest appointment which is Tuesday morning; unfortunately, today’s tests results will be not back before the appointment.
I called my manager regarding my concerns about taking more time off work. We came to the agreement that I should take tonight off work, leave it for the weekend, thereby giving me four days to recuperate, and reassess on Monday, by which time I am hopeful this new development will have settled down, and temperature returned to normal. I’m hopeful this is just an acute, and not a secondary infection, so all will be well if I take it a little easy in order to give my body time to fight back. As I am unable to take any antibiotics until after the MRI, rest appears to be all that is available.
What I find so strange is that despite the fever, and this new symptom, I don’t feel too bad. Sure, I don’t feel great, but I am so used to experiencing horrendous levels of pain with acute attacks, that without pain I don’t feel particularly unwell despite the fever which feels more like a really uncomfortable, hot and humid, summer’s day. It just seems wrong not go to work if I’m not in uncontrollable pain. The joy of guilt!
Here’s hoping, dear readers, that you have a fabulous weekend, and enjoy it in good health.
 I am still incredibly tired, I have aches in my leg joints, and a headache, but these are things I have on a daily basis and, for me, are normal.
 If you’ve ever lived in the tropics you’ll know what I mean. We used to call them “two shower days”; days so hot that you sweat constantly, even when sleeping, and so you shower to refresh.