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Parthol
05-05-2008, 02:42 PM
Yeah, yeah, I know the human body is supposedly a marvel of engineering and flexibility, blah blah blah. Right now, I don't want to hear it.

I'm a grown man, and I understand what symptoms typically accompany a fever. I think I have them all:

- Chills and goosebumps, even though it's not cold and I'm wearing a sweater.
- Watery eyes
- That floaty feeling when I walk
- Body aches
- I feel warm, to myself
- Physical weakness and general lethargy

Yet our thermometer tells me I have only the tiniest fever: barely over 100. And it's not just the thermometer; my wife, feeling my forehead in time-honored tradition, says I don't feel warm. WTF? Now I feel like a third-grader trying to play the "I don't feel well" card even though he feels perfectly fine. Except I don't feel fine -- I feel sick as shit. I feel sick as a dog who's really fucking sick.

On top of the fevery crap, I also have a massive head cold. The crap cemented in my nostrils could shatter a diamond drill-bit. And my cold has also violated our long-standing agreement whereby I always get one nostril to breathe through. No, this time, half my nose is sealed tighter than a Pharaoh's tomb, and the other one requires forced evacuation every 3 minutes.

Add a sore throat and wheezy chest cough, and I'm a regular museum of flu symptoms. But, hey, at least I don't have a fever! :rolleyes: :smack:

TroubleAgain
05-05-2008, 03:07 PM
Sympathies....

I Have Hippos In My Garden
05-05-2008, 03:09 PM
The fact that you are a man says it all...you have ManFlu....basically a cold in a woman's eyes.

;)

chaoticbear
05-05-2008, 03:26 PM
What's your usual body temperature, though? Mine usually runs cool, around 97.5, so a 100 degree temperature, while not life-threatening, means a little more to me.

I Have Hippos In My Garden
05-05-2008, 03:28 PM
Normal body temperature is 96-98.4 so 97.5 is perfect...you should be proud!

Little Nemo
05-05-2008, 03:52 PM
A nitpick, but a fever is a high body temperature. You can't have a fever without having a fever. I think you mean you have every flu symptom except a fever.

Parthol
05-05-2008, 04:35 PM
A nitpick, but a fever is a high body temperature. You can't have a fever without having a fever. I think you mean you have every flu symptom except a fever.
I'm going to nitpick your nitpick: yes, I know what a fever is. That list of symptoms includes all the things other than a high body temperature that I typically suffer when I have a high body temperature. Thus the word "accompany" in the OP. Not that I'm usually snippy toward nitpickers, but I'm sick, dammit, and cannot be expected to be nice. :mad:

Also, my healthy body temperature is about 99.2.

And an aside: with two young kids now ages 3 years and 8 months, I sure do get more colds than I did in my childless years. For the love of Og, do you cute little rats have to bring home every last bug from pre-school and daycare? Sheesh!

erleichda
05-05-2008, 06:44 PM
I sympathize with you! I too feel like complete crap, but without the fever. (In my case, I live with my teenage daughter and her baby, who attends daycare at my daughter's high school - a new germ every week it seems!) At least I'm keeping food down, which is an improvement over my weekend.
Get well, soon and fuck being nice while sick!

Yorikke
05-05-2008, 08:52 PM
Have you been working (or whatever) too much? When I get really exhausted, I have the same problems. A GOOD night's sleep will usually right the ship, IME.

Joe

Caricci
05-05-2008, 08:56 PM
If I may ask, do you have what we call "hangage" at our house. You know, are your balls hanging way low? As the mother of a pre-pubescent son, I rely on that over a thermometer.

Tamex
05-05-2008, 09:03 PM
I thought that over 100 degrees was considered a low-grade fever. I know I feel like crap when my temperature is 100, and I've even noticed at 99. My normal temp is about 97.6.

Qadgop the Mercotan
05-05-2008, 09:06 PM
I thought that over 100 degrees was considered a low-grade fever. I know I feel like crap when my temperature is 100, and I've even noticed at 99. My normal temp is about 97.6.
A fever is a Celsius temperature >38 degrees, or a Fahrenheit temperature >100.4 degrees.

chaoticbear
05-05-2008, 09:42 PM
Normal body temperature is 96-98.4 so 97.5 is perfect...you should be proud!
Well then where do we get 98.6? (::learns something new every day::)

(off to wikipedia)

Parthol
05-06-2008, 01:37 AM
Have you been working (or whatever) too much? When I get really exhausted, I have the same problems. A GOOD night's sleep will usually right the ship, IME.

Joe
This is pretty much the problem, right here. There's anothing good pitting I should make sometime, targeted at myself for not getting enough sleep.

Full-time job + 2 small children + house chores and bills + crazy number of hobbies I'm not willing to give up = 5-6 hours of sleep per night on average. It's been that way for about 3 years.

Every day I tell myself I have to cut back on the hobbies and get more sleep. It's been that way for about 3 years. Damn, I suck...

...but not as much as this nose-fucking headcold! I swear, if I detonated a stick of dynamite in my left nostril right now, the only remains would be a bloody smear and an unblemished chunk of hardened snot the size of my sinus cavity.

chaoticbear
05-06-2008, 01:46 AM
FDA Warning: Dynamite is not a drug and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any disease.

Eyebrows 0f Doom
05-06-2008, 02:24 AM
Normal body temperature is 96-98.4 so 97.5 is perfect...you should be proud!
I thought it was 98.6? Have I been lied to all these years?

Darth Nader
05-06-2008, 03:03 AM
FDA Warning: Dynamite is not a drug and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any disease.
...more than once.

Vinyl Turnip
05-06-2008, 12:23 PM
I don't know what it is, but I've had the same thing. Did you by any chance recently stop using heroin?

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