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Michael’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 11 Feb 2007

Location: Southampton, UK

MapNever have I felt worse in my life...

It started Wednesday afternoon, when I felt my throat getting sore. I made the decision not to go to the gym in an attempt to shake it and not have it come on full strength. Then Thursday - the big day.

All day Wednesday the news was talkig about the biggest snow dump to hit the UK in as long as anyone could remember. It was supposed to hit, and hit hard, overnight. Well, did it ever hit... man there must have been a whole half an inch of snow on a handfull of car windscreens in Southampton on Thursday morning. Again, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time whilst waiting for snow. London got dumped on, and the snow continued to fall for most of Thursday.

But playing on my mind more than my mis-fortune when it comes to finding snow, but instead my ever increasing sore throat. It got to the point where I was struggling to to eat my lunch. By the end of the day, I could hardly stand up straight and couldn't have been happier to get out of work. I was feeling so crook that I caught a cab home from the ferry terminal instead of the bus.

And then started three days of misery - I couldn't swallow anything, including my own saliva, without severe pain. For this reason I couldn't get any sleep at night, alternating between waking up in agony after swallowing, or waking up in a pool of my own saliva - not pretty. Add that to not being able to eat, and I was running low on energy. But worst of all, not being able to drink, I was getting dehydrated, which led to dizzyness and headaches. I spent so much time lying in bed, that I developed a back ache too. Trust me, it's not pretty.

Finally, Sunday morning, I headed to the doctors (well nurses) and they said that I have 'Strep Throat' - a streptacocol (?) bacteria throat infection. Finally, a nasty name to go along with the nasty feelings! Anyway, ended up on a toxic mix of drugs, from double doses of penicilin, to a mouth rinse that I am upposed to take every 90 minutes, and a soluble form of codene tablets that I am drinking with water. Let's see if any of that actually helps me eh?

Anywya, hope you guys are all doing better than I am - honestly can describe how crap I have felt the last couple of days. Here's hoping I get better!