Tuesday, December 5
I'm just getting over having Flu. And no before you sceptically roll your eyes this wasn't a cold, but the real awful thing. It came on at the w/e very suddenly, one minute I was having breakfast and the next I was saying to my hubby. ' I think I'm going to have to lie down a bit'. Well that was that for several days because once I was down I certainly couldn't get up again. This is the first time Ive had this with SCI and I hope it will be the last for a very long time indeed. First thing was the pain, utterly unbearable, I think every neuron in my body was firing off and around my lower back area, let me tell you, its no exaggeration on my part to say that giving birth is easier. The pain was excruciating and I couldnt bear to lie on my back for nearly 3 days. I'm pretty sure,... hmmm... let me cast my mind back to those heady days of microbiology lectures, doesn't the flu virus attack nerve endings, hence the amount of pain? Well something like that anyway!
The next thing is that apart from being very very hot, and then freezing cold, I was unable to take care of any of my bodily functions, so my husband had to do everything for me. Normally I would have a complete fit at this sort of thing, but frankly I felt so unwell who cares? So he should be acknowledged for being a super husband and dad. The other thing is I couldn't move. I went from 'incomplete' to complete' very quickly and found that my paralysis increased as a consequence of this virus. Like I said its not something Ive experienced before, but not only my lower body , but also my upper extremities were affected for a few days. So I spent about 3 days chewing on paracetamol as its about the only pain killer I can safely take and crying bitterly at feeling so ill, and grovellingly apologising in a half delirious manner to my poor husband.
I'm up and slowly pottering about right now. I still have glands like golf balls, razor blade throat, have a lot of lower back pain, and from that point of view am still feeling (or not as the case may be) 'complete' in terms of spinal cord injury. I suppose these things takes some weeks to recover from so at least I should have got it over for Christmas this year.