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.


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.
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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Wrath Of Mom said…

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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