So... I don't have the flu. I don't have measles... it's unlikely I have shingles, so what the hell is going on here? I think I'm allergic to working. Actually, I'm starting to think it's a sick building type situation -- I got a fever on Monday at an old musty school. Tuesday at the next school I had a fever and a lump in my throat... by Wednesday I had swollen joints, feet and hands. Thursday came the hives... and Friday I was one massive, red, itchy hive. The doctor I saw on Friday was flummoxed and a bit horrified at my swollen lymph node (singular) on the right side of my neck. She also thought my unilateral swelling (aka hives) was unusual and suggested I see an allergist on Monday if this whole thing doesn't clear up by then.
She put me on prednisone, which is scary. I don't like steroids. I haven't used steroids in a long, long time -- I was on a topical steroid the last time I had issues with hives, but it didn't work. So my fingers are crossed that this isn't shingles... that this is maybe h-pylori again (which can be treated with an aggressive therapy of antibiotics) because it IS treatable. If I have to go through months of mystery hives and pain again, I'll get really depressed.
Honestly, FUCK this year! Grrrr.