Although my rampant hypochondria may suggest otherwise, I am generally an incredibly healthy person.
Plus the truth is that my hypochondria has decreased by many-folds since I was a teenager; none of the diseases I had convinced myself I had ever actually manifested and even I could not continue to suspect that I had a weak constitution when I never actually ever got sick.
As an adult I do continue to spout ideas for diseases that I likely have with every little symptom I get but that really comes more out of habit than any real sense of concern.
Of course, when I found the tick on me in April, my several-days long obsessive WebMDing of Lyme Disease was legit.
But then again of course, I never got Lyme Disease.
With the notable exception of my first year of teaching (two sinus infections, strep throat and a truly heinous norovirus) I rarely get sick as an adult. I get about a cold a year, and sometimes at the tail end of a cold or when I have a really exciting trip coming up, I’ll get a barky cough that won’t go away. It will be my only symptom, usually and I am so used to it that it barely phases me. Plus, since I always get these coughs before and during exciting trips, the taste of Halls Cherry Menthol cough drops reminds me of All-Eastern Orchestra in Pittsburgh, Disney World, Disney Land, Scotland, &c. in the very best of ways.
Anyway, today I feel kind of crappy. Symptoms are a headache and a body ache and the occasional bout of dizziness, plus also my body is reacting poorly to shifts in temperature. Intense shivers at the grocery store, the sweats when I am outside.
Part of me -the old hypochondriac part – believes that I have West Nile Virus. This is because I got two big mosquito bites the other day and my mom said, “Be really careful about getting mosquito bites. All the mosquito diseases are rampant this summer” which is an insane thing for my mother to say to me. She’s usually smarter about not suggesting diseases to me and my sisters, because she knows how we are.
But most of me believes that this is just a mild Megabug from the Megabus, and it will pass in no time.
I am sure one day my health will not be as good as it is. Bad Shit, you know? But for now, my health is Good Stuff and I celebrate it.
Also, to make myself feel better I had breakfast for dinner. Eggos, Tater Tots, Bacon…only the best meal ever. Even though I encountered serious First World Problem on my way to brinner:
two whole blocks away, no less!
And finally, all this thinking about how lucky I am to have good health has had this scene running through my head:
So brilliant, I think I will eat another Eggo and watch The Princess Bride now.