Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

April 11, 2011


Filed under: At home — Janice @ 10:37 pm

Being sick always takes me by surprise. I wish it would get with me and make an appointment so I can clear my schedule for it a little better. It also bugs me that I can’t find a few hours in a week to do something I really want to do, yet, suddenly, I can take four days to sleep?

I’ve been sick since Thursday night and no one has given me a definitive answer on what it is, only what it is not. I assume it was some sort of stomach flu since all the symptoms do seem to match. I can’t remember when I last had a fever at all and this one was a doozy. I came home from work Thursday night after already having some symptoms, but not recognizing them as such, and I thought “GOOD GOD how cold has Mark set that thermostat this time?” and I headed to raise the temperature. When I saw it was reasonably set at 75, I realized there was a reason I was freezing and took my temperature and it was over 100. So I took myself to one of these late night clinics and that was probably a good thing to do as I got sicker by the minute.

She gave me antibiotics, which I rarely take because it never EVER seems to be something that antibiotics can treat. And, sure enough, when I got the results of the tests, it still didn’t appear to be a bacterial infection, but they told me to finish them, so I will.

There were a lot of things I liked about this clinic being available to me at the late hour and lots of things I did not like about this clinic (losing my urine sample and making me come back for another being at the top of the list), but all in all it was a good thing they were there because I know if they hadn’t, I would have been too sick to call the doctor on Friday morning or I reluctantly would have and they would have hemmed and hawed and finally said his first available was in 3 weeks. Yes, that’s what happened when I called the morning after fainting in the kitchen.

So after 3 days of sleeping I hoped I had turned a corner, but I got up in time for work this morning and sat upright for a full hour and couldn’t get the energy to take a shower or even put on clothes on a dirty body, so I decided another sick day was in order. I slept away another day and now I’m more certain I can make it tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I am on the lookout for an old-fashioned doctor that actually has time to see patients that have emergencies and then follow-up to see if the patient lived through it.


  1. Everybody has been worrying about you. When you are going at both ends and have chills and fever you know you are sick-unto-death and sometimes wish the end would come and put you out of your misery. So glad you are feeling some better.

    Comment by Pat — April 13, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

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