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I woke up in the middle of the night with crazy chills but no fever; two hours later it was 103 degrees. Even though it’s 78 degrees inside the house I had a heavy blanket covering me as well as heart from the heated mattress pad, yet I was still shaking. The fever is now down to 100-101, which is probably close to normal since I use an in-ear thermometer, and with those normal is defined as 99.5 degrees.

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I have been taking in plenty of fluids, but I really can’t eat. I tried to eat some mashed potatoes, but only got through a few bites. I did have a sore throat this morning but that seems to be gone now. My body still aches and I’m essentially out of energy, just sitting here in bed trying not to puke. My head is still pounding despite taking some naproxen and ibuprofen.

With any luck this is just temporary. Being unemployed I don’t have any insurance, so waiting this out is about all I can do. I have been isolating at home except for those rare occasions when I go to the grocery store/pharmacy, keeping my distance from everyone and always wearing my mask. I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid infection, but maybe that’s not enough...

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