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Thursday, June 18, 2009

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell

The following exchange is a relatively frequent occurrence in our household:

Sra (leaning in to Ian): Do I have a fever?
Ian (feeling forehead): No, you don't have a fever.
Sra (leaning back, pensively): I think I have a fever.
Ian: You don't have a fever.
Sra: Are you sure? Feel again.
Ian: Your forehead is actually quite cool.
Sra: I definitely have a fever.
I'm not a hypochondriac in the least (although Ian might disagree), but I am a very temperature-sensitive person. I get cold at 70 degrees, and I keep a blanket in my office which I wear around like a cape during the winter months and over-air-conditioned summer days. You would think my plentiful layers of fat would keep me warm, but I think deep down I'm actually a cold-blooded creature who needs to bake on a sunny rock in order to keep warm.

So the thing is, I can detect even the slightest change in my body's temperature.

And I have a fever, goddamnit!



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7 comments:

Dena said...

I know how you feel. It's 76 in the house and I'm wearing a hoodie. I'm only happy in the summer sunshine. Or a hot shower. Or with an electric blankie. Mmmm...warmth.

Natalie said...

i am the same way. i can totally tell when my temp is up. i feel the slightest difference.

you're sick. go to bed.

sov said...

Swine Flu?

Usually a fever is accompanied by other symptoms, like chills or a cough or stuffiness. A fever doesn't happen until you're already sick, because it's your body's attempt to make things right. Therefore I would think that other symptoms would appear first. Am I wrong?

By the way, it feels really good in here today. Nice and chilly.

Trovan said...

You should look into getting one of those new devices for detecting fevers. I think its called a thermopeter...err...therpometer...

Whatever, just google it.

Sra said...

I bought a themometer once just so I could prove to Ian that I'm right about my fevers, but the thing was a complete dud. It would give different readings one after the other in the same mouth. So I took it back. And hopefully they didn't resell it. But I know I have a fever. Whether a fever must be accompanied by other symptoms, I don't know, but I do have mild congestion, scratchy throat, and the sneezy feeling one would associate with allergies. It's not quite sick but not quite well.

Natalie said...

i am the same way. i can totally tell when my temp is up. i feel the slightest difference.

you're sick. go to bed.

Dena said...

I know how you feel. It's 76 in the house and I'm wearing a hoodie. I'm only happy in the summer sunshine. Or a hot shower. Or with an electric blankie. Mmmm...warmth.

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