30 June 2009


What is fever?

Two days ago, I exhibited symptoms of what seems to be flu: muscle aches, runny nose, coughing, and increase in body temperature.

I took this very seriously because of the H1N1 scare. I thought I might be candidate for one. I didn't hesitate to go to the doctor the very next day.

But the night before, I prudently and continuously monitored every symptom I have and my body's reaction to different kinds of over the counter medicine. I also researched on the symptoms of H1N1 and learned that aside from common symptoms of flu, diarrhea and vomiting are two of the  prominent indications of  "the dreaded virus" -- which i didn't have.

The next day at the clinic, I showed my pulmonologist my hourly plot of my body temperature the night before which ranged from 36.4 to 37.4 C and with esteem I told him, "Doc, I have fever.. and this and that symptoms...."

He cautiously studied my "hourly plot" and said, "No, you don't have  fever. A person who has fever has  least a temperature of 37.5 C..."

He said that what I have is a simple respiratory track infection, and after checking my temperature again, (37 at that moment) he said, all I needed to do was to rest, drink lots of water, and take my daily dose of vitamin C.

And so that day, I learned that in adults, a temperature over about 100 F is considered a fever. That's about at least 37.7777778 degrees Celsius or roughly, as the doctor said, 37.5 C.

Thank God I didn't have a fever! (my temperature was short of 0.1 degree Celsius). And thank God I am cleared of flu A(H1N1).

Immediately right after, I went home and treated everyone to McDonald's and ice cream.


jeffrey castro said...

yung picture ba sa post mo na to ang bida sa home alone?? hehehe...

rah oibas said...

Hehehe oo yata. Sa mga americano uso yung termometer sa bibig noh? Sa pilipinas hindi pwede yan. Most of the times sa kili-kili nilalagay eh. Hasel naman kung hindi uniform, minsan sa kilikili, minsan sa bibig.

Klarriness Tanalgo said...

peste... hassle nga, kung nagkataon.

leslie balino said...

may sinat ka parin with that temp. so okay lang when you left early last sunday

irish albiola said...

wala kang A(H1N1).. baka 3 en 1 plus 1.. haha :)) kamusta ka na?

leslie balino said...

love it!

ice cream tayo!

rah oibas said...

iyish manlibre ka, may trabaho ka na daw. sagot mo na ang ice cream! hahaha

rah oibas said...

si ayish daw manlilibre. hehehe