Last week, I feel ill of a sudden. It came without warning. One day I was feeling relatively fine, the next day, just as I was about to prepare to head to work, I felt feverish, my throat felt sore and painful, and there was general malaise throughout my body.
I took panadol and dismissed it, thinking that it would go away. But it still persisted. While in the train to work, I had to stop short my journey, and return home. I couldn’t even complete my journey to the office that day.
I went to the doctor and he told me I had a bad bacterial infection in my upper respiratory tract, or in the throat. I was put on a course of antibiotics for a week and a half along with some lozenges to numb the pain and more panadol to keep the temperature in check.
I rested and slept the whole day, but on the second day I was feeling much better. I was still feeling a little weak, and I have painful headaches every now and then, no thanks to the throat infection.
The weird thing about this illness, is that it came from no where. It hit me fast and hard. One day I was fine, the next day I was nursing a fever. By the second day I was feeling back normal. The recovery was fast (no doubt I was still infectious). The throat infection was unlike none I have ever experienced. It was painful to swallow food. You’d expect a sore throat to be accompanied by massive amounts of phlegm, but no, this time it’s different. Painful but no phlegm. Which is strange to me.
So I have recovered now. I have just finished my antibiotics, which is important, but somehow, my throat is still sore and painful every now and then. As if, the recovery is still taking place and the antibiotics that I took, hadn’t really killed all the bacteria it needs to kill in my throat for a full recovery. I have some phlegm in my throat now but it’s not excessive. And don’t ask me what colour is my phlegm. It’s just too gross.