I'm frigging aliiiiive!!!!

  • Pyre85

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    Mar 18, 2013 9:20 AM GMT
    Alright!!
    Started shivering uncontrollably, unable to get warm. Walk in to mikes room to ask if we can turn up the thermostat because it's freaking freezing, Only by the time I make it down the hall my heart is racing, and I can barely get a breath in I'm shivering so violently.
    Also turns out that it was well over 70 upstairs. Mikes freaking out and says I'm burning up, I can barely stand, and the only sentence that forms in my head is "I'm so cold.."
    We went downstairs and I felt it receding slightly.. for a few seconds at a time anyway, but at least I'm thinking clearly, even if my teeth are still clattering and the glass wiggling on the counter were I held it.
    We looked it up online and apparently I came into contact with something I'm MASSIVELY allergic too, (albeit with a very delayed response. It also said it could be a viral infection storming my body. Love the sound of that tho lol. Maybe the smoke from the fire? Dunno.
    However! (you may notice I haven't died. So yay.)
    A half hour later with a lukewarm shower and lots of water, I seem to be fine.
    And I came up with a neat concept for one of the story ideas I've been kicking around.
    So.
    Virus/Allergy/whatev- ruined my night/ freaked out everyone involved. (-)
    gave me neat fever ideas.(+)
    Me- ----------------------Didnt die! (+)(+) yes those look like boobs. shuddup.
    I win!!!!!
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    Mar 18, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
    Glad to hear you''re recovering nicely. Dehydration part of the problem, you mention lots of water helped?
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    Mar 18, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    Consider a trip to the doctors? That doesn't sound normal and might be something going on inside of you. I wouldn't substitute the internet for someone that knows medicine!
  • Medjai

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    Mar 18, 2013 3:04 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidConsider a trip to the doctors? That doesn't sound normal and might be something going on inside of you. I wouldn't substitute the internet for someone that knows medicine!


    But the Internet knows everything! WebMD is a complete substitute for a physician...
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    Mar 18, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    Go see a doctor! Allergies do NOT cause your body to shiver! Allergies cause rashes, itching, flushed face/body or the worse of them all, the airway passages close.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 18, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    Depending on the situation, I would have advised an immediate consultation with a doctor.. or a trip to the emergency room. Glad you are OK, it could have been much worse.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 18, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
    Glad you're ok but, yeah, that isn't something to screw around with. Go see a Dr and get a complete physical.
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    Mar 18, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    MikeW saidGlad you're ok but, yeah, that isn't something to screw around with. Go see a Dr and get a complete physical.

    Agreed. Since the OP hasn't yet discovered what the cause was, it's conceivable this is something that will return again. It would have been better if he had been examined during the episode, but he can still relate his symptoms that may suggest things for the doctor to check.
  • Pyre85

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    Mar 18, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    I called in to work even though now I'm feeling all but better. I simply have no money to see a doctor unfortunately. I work part time retail and am barely getting by.
    Two friends on Facebook and one girl at work went throught the same exact thing at the same exact time, leading me to believe that it was somehow related to the fire they let burn itself out on the delta. It sent huge plumes of smoke and ash all over the area, and the very night, all four of us were afflicted by this crazy thing.
    It was only the fever too, no nausea, no headache, just the crazy fever chills. Glad it's over lol, That was one hell of a rough night.
  • gwuinsf

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    Mar 18, 2013 7:34 PM GMT
    You looked up online and the conclusion was "massive allergy". Gee, when I look up online it tells me you just seroconverted and are now HIV+.

    This is 1) meant to highlight your idiocy of self-diagnosis and 2) second that you need to go get a doctor and 3) at the minimum make sure you get your regular HIV test.
  • Pyre85

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    Mar 18, 2013 7:44 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidYou looked up online and the conclusion was "massive allergy". Gee, when I look up online it tells me you just seroconverted and are now HIV+.

    This is 1) meant to highlight your idiocy of self-diagnosis and 2) second that you need to go get a doctor and 3) at the minimum make sure you get your regular HIV test.

    Web MD is far from the final word on anything, and is useful only as a guide. However when you don't have the money for a doctor, it's all you have.
    I've been in a monogomous relationship for three years, I'm at no (or so minimal it's not worth worrying about) risk of getting aids.
    And in no mood to deal with rude people who think they know everything. Notice that at no point in the above thread has anyone used the scathing self righteousness you displayed. Congrats on being an Asshole! icon_smile.gif
  • thatirishbast...

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    Mar 18, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    Pyre85 said
    gwuinsf saidYou looked up online and the conclusion was "massive allergy". Gee, when I look up online it tells me you just seroconverted and are now HIV+.

    This is 1) meant to highlight your idiocy of self-diagnosis and 2) second that you need to go get a doctor and 3) at the minimum make sure you get your regular HIV test.

    Web MD is far from the final word on anything, and is useful only as a guide. However when you don't have the money for a doctor, it's all you have.
    I've been in a monogomous relationship for three years, I'm at no (or so minimal it's not worth worrying about) risk of getting aids.
    And in no mood to deal with rude people who think they know everything. Notice that at no point in the above thread has anyone used the scathing self righteousness you displayed. Congrats on being an Asshole! icon_smile.gif


    I believe he was being sarcastic about the HIV diagnosis. Seroconversion sickness usually lasts a number of weeks, not minutes.

    And I agree with his assessment. Your health is far more valuable than not having to make medical payments for a few months. You can check and see if there's a free clinic in your area. Not preferable but better than nothing.

    But to assume that you've discovered the cause of your distress by searching online is the absolute worst thing you can do, because it lures you into a sense of false confidence. If you want to ignore it this time, your choice, but start setting a bit of money away for medical expenses and if it happens again go straight to a goddamned doctor.
  • Zinc

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    Mar 18, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
    It would have been wiser to go to the hospital. You could have ended up in shock.
  • Pyre85

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    Mar 18, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
    Zinc saidIt would have been wiser to go to the hospital. You could have ended up in shock.

    I know! I worried about that, but it only got to the point where I felt I was actually in danger for a moment, and after that peak, where I scared the bejeezus out of my poor roomie lol, I was coherent and in control.
    Do you think its possible that me and the few friends are all just way sensitive to whetever plants burned out in the delta? It could still be a virus, but the fact that four of my friends-who I haven't seen lately- came down with the same thing at the same time (down to the hour almost!!) is interesting.
  • Zinc

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    Mar 18, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    Pyre85 said
    Zinc saidIt would have been wiser to go to the hospital. You could have ended up in shock.

    I know! I worried about that, but it only got to the point where I felt I was actually in danger for a moment, and after that peak, where I scared the bejeezus out of my poor roomie lol, I was coherent and in control.
    Do you think its possible that me and the few friends are all just way sensitive to whetever plants burned out in the delta? It could still be a virus, but the fact that four of my friends-who I haven't seen lately- came down with the same thing at the same time (down to the hour almost!!) is interesting.


    I don't know. Environmental pollutants usually lead to chronic problems, not acute attacks like this. But since I have no idea what was burned, I can't rule that out either.
  • gwuinsf

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    Mar 18, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    I wasn't trying to be an asshole. I was trying to scare you into taking your health more seriously. Sorry you're young, but you are not being smart (hence my idiocy comment). Obviously, I didn't think you really had become HIV+, but that kind of physical reaction is not even remotely close to normal. And why are you 28 and have no health insurance? I realize it's tough to get if you are unemployed or self-employed, but it really should be a priority.

    I've gone from perfect health to needing brain surgery for a tumor in the course of a couple weeks. Your health can change on you so immediately and unexpectedly that you should never take it for granted. Without health insurance I would have been financially ruined in the amount of $100,000s.

    You're in your 20s so it's a perspective I'd expect you to have but if for any reason you ever need to be hospitalized, you are going to be financially ruined.
  • LJay

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    Mar 18, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    OP, sit down an write a list of the symptoms and their duration, then see if you can find a nurse hotline or free clinic in your area. You might also contact the public health department and explain that you and several friends experienced similar symptoms at the same time, even though you were apart.

    As to the not being able to afford a doctor thing, save a hundred dollars or so, find a general practitioner closeby and establish a relationship be going in for a first visit and introducing yourself. Most of these docs will at least take a phone question to their nurse if something comes up---without charging. You may be told to come in for a checkup, but if you are honest about the money, they will try to help you.
  • Fable

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    Mar 18, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    you didnt go to a Dr why?
  • Pyre85

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    Mar 18, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    gwuinsf saidI wasn't trying to be an asshole. I was trying to scare you into taking your health more seriously. Sorry you're young, but you are not being smart (hence my idiocy comment). Obviously, I didn't think you really had become HIV+, but that kind of physical reaction is not even remotely close to normal. And why are you 28 and have no health insurance? I realize it's tough to get if you are unemployed or self-employed, but it really should be a priority.

    I've gone from perfect health to needing brain surgery for a tumor in the course of a couple weeks. Your health can change on you so immediately and unexpectedly that you should never take it for granted. Without health insurance I would have been financially ruined in the amount of $100,000s.

    You're in your 20s so it's a perspective I'd expect you to have but if for any reason you ever need to be hospitalized, you are going to be financially ruined.

    I'm on the verge of getting a job that will allow me to do so (hopefully), right now between work and school I'm pulling in less than 200 a week. That disappears to rent, food, gas, and car insurance, which leaves over enough to buy a pack of gum. If I'm frugal.
    So saving up a hundred is actually a huge deal for me-as sad as that is. I also apologize for snapping at you, lack of sleep and general body ache has left me snippy.
  • Drift

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    Mar 18, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    Phew! Scary things. icon_smile.gif glad you're not dead and stuff
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    Mar 18, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Call yo damn doc! It could be a sign of something worse to come.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 18, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    LJay saidOP, sit down an write a list of the symptoms and their duration, then see if you can find a nurse hotline or free clinic in your area. You might also contact the public health department and explain that you and several friends experienced similar symptoms at the same time, even though you were apart.

    As to the not being able to afford a doctor thing, save a hundred dollars or so, find a general practitioner closeby and establish a relationship be going in for a first visit and introducing yourself. Most of these docs will at least take a phone question to their nurse if something comes up---without charging. You may be told to come in for a checkup, but if you are honest about the money, they will try to help you.

    I get it that currently you can't save for an emergency but the rest of the above is good advice. Who knows, if there were enough people made ill by this fire and that can be proved, there could be a class action law suit. Get it on record somehow. And what if the symptoms return? I just don't know obviously but what you experienced is just so freaky. It worries me!
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    Mar 18, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    What was in the fire?
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    Mar 18, 2013 11:47 PM GMT
    Something like this happened to me in my early college days. Not that I can pin a cause, but after that I tested HIV+

    Go to the doctor and get tested for the run of the mill STD panel.