I was completely dried out by a throat infection - Fever of 103.5 (yikes), chills, cold sweats, sore throat, the works. Doctor tested me for influenza, asked if I'd been hanging out with anybody from mainland China (chose not to disclose that a coworker is Chinese since I don't believe she's been back in the last six months), and then tested a nasal swab. For those who don't know, a nasal swab is when they take a LONG rod with a dab of cotton at the end and rub it around DEEP in your nasal cavity! It's extremely uncomfortable!
Turns out I just had a severe bacterial infection, and I was given antibiotics in kind. They're fucking horsepills, and they turn my digestive system into a fucking slip-n-slide. Still finishing the regimen because I don't want any super-resistant bacteria incubating in my gut. Either way, less than 48 hours later and I'm no longer contagious OR experiencing any symptoms. Thank god for modern medicine!
I've been fully reconstituted, and it feels nice to have clear thoughts and freedom from frightening fever dreams. Had a delusion that my sister and I accidentally opened a portal to hell in one of our hallway closet doors, and that opening it led to a full House of Leaves style spooky-corridor-that-shouldn't-exist-branches-off-into-many-rooms-full-of-spooks experience.
We're happy to leave that one behind us.