Friday, June 24, 2005

It's nearly ten o'clock here on Thursday 23/6 and I'm sat, awkwardly with laptop in hand to write my very first blog.

On such an eventful day, I could write about so much, especially with this being my first blog as well.

World politics, sport and art aside I've decided to write about something which is effecting me greatly at the moment. Tonsillitis.

I woke on Saturday feeling slightly 'under the weather' and as the day went on I began to feel gradually worse and worse. By the evening I was becoming feverish but popped a few pills and retired to bed, hopefully to feel better for work the next morning...

How WRONG could I have been? Although I did go into work, I noticed I had a sore throat and a massive headache. I worked through the radio programme in as much silence as is generally possible in that kind of environment and was pleased when it was time to go home. Back at home, I had a quick look at my throat and saw that apart from being swollen, white blotches where starting to appear on one side. I took more tablets and went to bed.

Later that day, I nipped out for some throat spray but then soon began to feel the feverish symptoms were now getting worse, I returned home to bed for what must have been the WORST 24 hours of my modern life!

Fevers, vomiting, headaches, sore throat, restlessness, throbbing and clammy skin followed in what seemed like hourly cycles. At one point, during the night I thought I needed to call the doctors but decided that i was too 'ill' for the hassle, trying instead to steal a few more hours rest instead.

I finally began to feel better on Tuesday after my doctor prescribed penicillin which began to reverse the infection growing in my throat. My temperature came down, the headaches became less intense and I began to feel like I would actually live to see 31!

As I write this, I'm about to take my 12th Penicillin tablet from a course of 28. I'm still nowhere near full health yet but I feel well enough to set up my own blog site and publish my first post so maybe I'm not far off.

Tonsillitis may not feature in many peoples first blogs, but as my first illness of my 30's bows out, it will certainly always keep a place close to my heart... about 1.5 feet higher up to be precise!

The tablets do exactly what it says on the box (whatever that is!)

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