Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Plague Diaries

I woke up early this morning. I could feel that my fever was back up. I thought about sitting up to take some Tylenol, but I knew this would aggravate the flaming girdle of cough-strained muscle that has been my torso for the past forty-eight hours. And I thought, why not let the fever do its noble and intended work of burning off the sickness? So I lay perfectly still, trying not to swallow or breathe in a way that would provoke the knife shards in my throat to further lacerating activity, and imagined the fever sweeping through my body in a cleansing, scouring fury.

Some time later I rose triumphant from my bed, feeling rested and restored and that my decision had been amply justified. Then I realized that, in addition to feeling stronger and faster than I had in some time, I was also apparently now a man. And that I may have inadvertently confused the healing fire of a fever with a radioactive spider bite. And that I wasn't, perhaps, upon further reflection, awake at all.

My husband came in to check on me. I asked him if I could shoot webs now. He said probably not. I asked him to check if my toes were steaming.

He made me take some Tylenol.

9 comments:

Sasha said...

I'm really, really sorry to hear that, Allison. Because shooting webs would be SO COOL.

Patti said...

You make sick sound amazing--from here that is.

Get well soon, amiga.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

That is one exciting disease you have going on there.

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StephLove said...

Have you tried to shoot webs? I wouldn't take his word for it.

(Hope you feel better soon. Spring is coming!)

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Nan | Wrath Of Mom said...

AWESOME DREAM!

I feel badly for people who don't remember their dreams. Also I feel badly for you because I had a bout of sickness like that last year and remembering the stabby-can't-swallow-feeling makes me very anxious. Be well.

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