Week 6: Zzz...

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Sunday, July 9, 2023


Eva Rissanen

Get ready for my super epic week of doing absolutely nothing and missing everything and also suffering immensely!!!
It all started ~Saturday-ish of week 5. I developed reeeaaally swollen lymph nodes in my neck, which I thought may be related to the bad air quality we’d been having earlier that week. I figured out that was probably not the case since over the weekend it got worse! Like a lot worse. Like by Monday I was pretty much a walking corpse.
Anyways, so this entire week I’ve been battling this “mystery illness” , which was, in my humble opinion, definitely some kind of strand of strep throat combined into a weird fever. BUT! I tested negative for Covid and for Strep type A, which meant I couldn’t get antibiotics. So, I pretty much had to work with a lot of ibuprofen, tylenol, and mouth gargles, none of which helped. Like, at all. It got to the point where I couldn’t even drink water cuz it literally felt like I was swallowing razors. Super fun and cool!
Anyways! I went to Urgent Care on Monday where they tested me and I was negative and yada yada, then scheduled a teladoc appointment on either Tuesday or Wednesday (I forget), and to my dismay I was prescribed a lidocaine mouth swish that had the consistency of glue and also tasted like it (at least it’s what I imagine glue to taste like). Also I feel like I should mention at this point in time I couldn’t even open my mouth wide enough to cover the areas that hurt so that was super sick and cool (It was not, I’m being extremely sarcastic). So I suffered a little longer, then on Thursday I called again and FINALLY!!! got antibiotics. And let me just tell you guys, I woke up the next day feeling like a new woman. Like, I was still a bit sore, but by god I could drink water and eat things again.
And now it’s Saturday! As I’m writing this I can now say that for other than some mildly tender and swollen lymph nodes, I finally feel like myself again. I went to Starbucks this morning, grabbed a super yum cup of coffee, went to Ulta and Target (I wore a mask of course, can’t ever be too careful) and now I’m about to go to a cool bookstore/restaurant/bar called Kramers with a few other interns! I know I should be taking it easy-ish, but I’ve spent my entire week in bed, and half of that time probably sleeping, so ya girl has some energy to spend.
Now it’s Sunday! Kramers from yesterday was so much fun. I ordered this suuuuper yum fettuccine alfredo that had spicy sausage, chicken, and shrimp in it. I’m so glad I can eat again because it was probably the best pasta dish I’ve ever had. The manager of the store was also super cool and gave us free dessert! We had some kind of peanut butter cheesecake and a MONSTER slice of chocolate cake. I had some of the chocolate cake, it was delish.
After we ate, we made our way to the bookstore and I got two new books!
Now that we’re caught up, my Sunday has been pretty chill so far. I slept in, did some chores, and played a lot of minecraft! I’m also really excited to get back to work tomorrow. Being bedridden this entire week has definitely gotten to me. I’m super sad that I had to miss the baseball game, the fireworks, and an in-person intern event, but it is what it is. Hopefully the upcoming week will be uhhh… better than this one.

Eva Rissanen