Turns out, I’m a baby when I’m sick, and I only want my mom. Also, having the fake flu is dreadful. Fortunately, my fake flu only lasted a short time….
I’m traveling out of the country later in the year so I received five vaccines Wednesday afternoon — three in one arm, two in the other. As an 18-year veteran of diabetes, the shots were painless and easy-breezy. Thursday morning though, I couldn’t raise my arms above my chest without wincing in pain. I was completely prepared for that.
What I wasn’t prepared for was feeling like death warmed over by 6 p.m. Thursday. I went home from dinner, immediately put on my pajamas and crawled on the couch with Netflix in hand. I was achy and sore all over and I was freezing. I didn’t even want the dogs piled on me and cuddling with my girls is my favorite thing to do.
By 9 p.m., I was burning up and my face was flushed. I checked my temperature to find a lovely 100. I knew vaccines gave you flu-like symptoms (or what I like to call the fake flu) but I didn’t know you could develop and actual fever. I called my mother and tried to sound upbeat. I really only wanted her here. I enjoy my life of singleness — but not so much when I’m sick. I like someone there to take care of me and tell me everything is going to be OK. As a perfect diabetes mom, she reminded me to drink fluids and check my blood sugar regularly. She also told me not to forget about checking ketones. (hate those things). I guess some things will never change. Being a baby and wanting your mother when you’re sick seem to be two of them. On the plus side though, my immune system is clearly working, and I don’t/won’t have typhoid. There’s that, too, I guess.
I woke up Friday feeling much better. I had a low fever and took half a day off from work to rest. My aches and fever were gone my mid-morning and even the soreness in my arms was improving. My fake flu was short-lived, thank goodness. I’m not sure this grown-up baby could’ve handled the real thing.
What about when you get sick? Do you prefer to be left alone or do you want someone there to help take care of you?