I am negative for pertussis and influenza.
However, I had a rather occult strep. Didn't show up on the throat culture or quick strep, but two blood tests are positive. ASO and the streptozyme was high. And it's affecting my vocal cords, which no doubt has to do with both me tending to talk too much and a grief reaction. So I am off work for the whole week. And I am not supposed to talk, unless it's to a doctor.
Friends are bringing soup, so the Introverted Thinker Mermaid is getting fed. Me too, as much by kindness as by the food. They gave me that old fashioned massive penicillin shot, and I feel rather weak and rotten. A bit whiny and grumpy too, which is a reassuring convalescent sign.
I am puttering around the house. I am not going out much because I live in a small town and I can't not talk unless I put a sign over my mouth saying "laryngitis". I have actually done that before.
More tests pending. Some weird muscle stuff. We shall see. I think strep and grief would be enough, if it's all the same to the universe. Ok?