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Sickness Update

For those who didn’t know, I’ve been sick — on and off — for the past three months. Mostly mild, flu-like symptoms, but there was also my panic attack in July and the Weekend Of Horror earlier this month when I couldn’t eat or sleep and ran up a 104 degree fever. Needless to say, it hasn’t been the nicest of summers in this household.

Now I have an answer as to why I’ve been so sick: I’ve been diagnosed with Coccidioidomycosis, which is the fungus that causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever is a mild, flu-like ailment caused by breathing in infected dust. It’s a pretty common sickness (Christopher had it about ten years ago) that affects people who live in desert areas. Typically the infection lasts three or four months, so it should be making its way out of my system soon. For now, I just have to make due with a dry cough and the small comfort that I know what’s been ailing me. More cough syrup, please.

3 Thoughts on “Sickness Update

  1. Brad In Worcester on August 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm said:


    Cool name, at least : “Valley Fever” sounds like you could either–

    A) have an uncontrollable urge for all things Moon Unit Zappa, or

    B) become a big booster for shopping in Van Nuys…

    You mention “the small comfort” of knowing what is ailing you: I think that would give me a BIG comfort (i.e. NOT cancer, losing your mind, etc…).

    Three cheers to your Primary Health Physician!!

    Glad you’re feeling better!


  2. Christopher on August 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm said:

    In the interest of full disclosure: I was the one who diagnosed it — seeing how I had a much worse case of it in 1998 and kinda recognized the symptoms. Because our regular doctor was not available, Matt went to a new doctor (whom we shall call Dr. Buffoon) who said “Well, it could be Valley Fever, but there really is no test for it.” I wish I had been there when this happened ’cause I would have gone balistic all over his ass. There is a skin test and a blood test — which existed at least since I got them in 1998.

    We finally went to a pulmonary specialist who had Matt tested for VF.

    Anyway, there is really nothing that can be done to treat VF other than resting, water, and letting the body deal with the fungus. Luckily, as sick as he has been, Matt’s case is nowhere near as bad as it CAN get — with people in intensive care or even dying from VF. It is a mystery illness which often affects people who visit the desert southwest and then go home to doctors who have never heard of it.

  3. I could have sworn we had the word Coccidioidomycosis in a friendly game of Balderdash we played last month:) Sounds like you’re on the dusty road to recovery. A case of cough syrup is on its way. Okay, maybe just an overdue e-mail.

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