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I've had a painful virus for a few days. Fever and chills, muscle aches, even my skin hurts. The most difficult to tolerate is a spot inside my throat that makes swallowing painful. I can only drink in tiny sips, well-spaced, not only because it hurts but also because if a drop of liquid lands on the wrong spot it makes me cough, which a)hurts and b)expels all the liquid I was trying to swallow.

I haven't peed in a day and a half, and that was only a few drops. I've drunk most of a 16-oz bottle of water and six ounces of orange juice, but I must be sweating it all out. Is this bad for my kidneys? Like, how bad? Should I go to Urgent Care and ask them for subcutaneous fluids?

Also, is the active ingredient in Chloraseptic Throat Spray the same drug that dentists use to numb you up for a filling? Because my dentist says that doesn't really work on me, and this throat spray doesn't seem to have any effect either.

ETA: Okay, you have scared me, thank you Rush, Lydy, Misbegotten, and Omnia. I am going to push fluids until my skin snaps back, and if it doesn't I will go to Urgent Care.

ETA2: Am peeing again.

Date: 2017-01-22 01:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rushthatspeaks
Yes, you should go ask for subcutaneous fluids, posthaste. When you're sick, and especially when you're feverish, your body's water needs go through the roof. I've been told that if you can manage, you should drink about twice as much when you're sick as when you're well.

How do you do with the pinch test? If you lightly pinch the back of your hand, does the skin stay in the pinch at all, or does it relax back instantly? If it stays in the pinch, that's a sign of dehydration. Not peeing at your standard rate is also not good.

Chloraseptic spray is phenol, which is unrelated to any dental anesthetic I'm aware of.

Date: 2017-01-22 02:06 am (UTC)
misbegotten: A blue whatchmacallit shoe that looks like the TARDIS (Default)
From: [personal profile] misbegotten
I haven't peed in a day and a half

That is bad. Do you have a Dial a Nurse you can call? I'm no expert, but it seems as though you should go get fluids ASAP.

Date: 2017-01-22 02:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
Oh, no! I know I'm high-hydration, but that's not remotely enough fluid. Y ou sound awfully ill. :( If you can't ingest more fluid yourself, please go get help?

Date: 2017-01-25 10:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Glad you're rehydrating. (Dehydration only makes everything else worse. Except maybe drowning?)

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