Saturday, 2 February 2008

Varicella

Chichen poxLast week I got 30, and I also got chicken pox. My mother was sure I had already got it when I was very young. She was definitely wrong. I actually thought about publishing a picture of me while infected but then I thought that my reputation could be seriously hurt by such a thing.

Now I have definitely something in common with my little god daughter Stella, since it was her that gave me the infection on her 1st birthday party. I imagine myself in a few years telling her stories about my youth and about how we are linked together by stuff in our blood :-D

I first saw some bubbles on my body last Sunday (day 1) and it was not hard to check on the internet that those bubbles really looked like chicken pox. But my mother had told med... I was immune! I slept very little that night and in the morning a doctor confirmed that I had been infected (it is called vattkoppor in Swedish)

The first two days were not bad, no itchy at all and not so many bubbles, mainly in the neck and in the head. I even kept working from home. But Tuesday afternoon (day 3) I felt that the fever was coming up (38,3) and it never left me, while more bubbles were appearing on my face (and lots of them). I had a long night, showering a couple of time to get rid of the itch (it works).

On Wednesday (day 4), I woke up at 12 with a fever (39,3) which is the highest fever I have ever measured on myself. I used an ice pack and some paracetamol to get it down to 38 in the evening, which felt like normal. During the whole day an headache gave me company.

Yesterday and today (day 5 & 6) I have had no fever and my head has been alright. The bubbles are drying up and the hitch is not a problem anymore, it feels like soon it will be over.

Or at least I will not be contagious, because it will take a while until all my fresh wholes will be filled with skin again ;-) I am so tired of being sick! What have I done? Is this the life after 30? Getting sick every 2 weeks? I already spent 2 weeks of the last month in bed with a fever!

This year I find all excuses for not training for my Vasaloppet. No snow...I've been sick twice in january... I just can't go! Seriously, I think I'll stay home this year, I need more preparation than I have and I need my body to recover.

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