I finally cracked and went to the doctor today, since my illness was not making any progress despite my sleeping about 16 hours a day and drinking of tons of fluids.
The doctor told me I have a viral sinus infection. There’s good news and bad news with this.
The good news is that a) it’s not contagious (unless I sneeze or cough directly on someone, and I haven’t been doing either) and b) it’s not nearly as serious as a bacterial sinus infection.
The bad news is that there’s absolutely nothing I can do to speed it along its course, which is normally 7-10 days.
When I asked if there was anything I could do about the Killer Fatigue I’ve been sufferering (just going to the doctor made me feel like I ran a marathon), she said, “Just give into it and sleep.”
I offered a few weak “but…but…fluids! bed rest!” protestations, but she told me I wasn’t the only type-A personality who’d been struck low by this virus.
And none of us were pleased to hear what she had to say: This will only go away if you let it run its course. There is nothing, repeat, nothing you can do about it.