A couple of days ago, I posted about fighting off some kind of virus, and my growing paranoia that it might be H1N1, better known as the “swine flu.” It didn’t help that a couple of nights before, I’d had dinner with a friend who had just recovered from it, or that I’d seen news coverage of the growing H1N1 pandemic, or that LOTS of people kept warning that I probably had it and should rush to the hospital immediately.
Naturally, I eventually gave in and made myself an appointment at the doctor’s office.
It wasn’t so much that I thought I hate H1N1, or that if I did I believed the doctor could do something about it. Like I said in my previous post, unless you’re urgently sick and unable to fight off the H1N1 flu on your own, there’s not a lot they will do for you… But since Sal and I are going to Texas for the weekend and will be visiting some sick relatives and friends, I didn’t want to risk having some communicable disease and potentially giving sick people something else to worry about.
So I’m standing in the registration area of the doctor’s office, just a few floors below my cubicle (convenient!) at work, and as luck would have it, I fall prey to a coughing fit. Everyone in the office, including employees and other patients checking in, freaked out.
Everyone leapt back from me like my arm had just fallen off. Three employees rushed quickly to a cabinet behind the desk — two of them LITERALLY BUMPED INTO EACH OTHER in their haste — grabbing for a facemask for me. I had barely registered the sudden panic before the woman checking me in thrust a mask at me while hiding her face in her arm.
I’m telling you, it was a scene out of a movie. The only thing missing was a flashing red light and a klaxon alarm.
At the end of all of this, the diagnosis was simple: I had a bug, a plain ol’ virus, and my illness had both appeared and likely “peaked” on Monday when I had a fever. The past couple of days, I’ve simply been dealing with the lingering symptoms as my immune system finished off what was left of it, but I haven’t even been contagious for a couple of days now. The only thing I need to actually TREAT is the ear infection that the gunk in my sinuses eventually lead to.
Isn’t it funny how you feel better when leaving the doctor’s office? No H1N1 for me, no life-threatening illness, no risk of infecting others… Just an occasional cough that can be combated with over-the-counter remedies and time.
And hey, now I have a face mask for future kinky-but-a-little-frightening role play opportunities!