Scents of Direction

This is what I think...
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I'm still feeling a bit rough at the moment, the biggest problem is my mouth... it hurts.

In lieu of actually going to a real live doctor I decided to do a bit of self-diagnosis using only the internet, some household goods and a willing assistant.

According to Google I most likely have a case of Herpetic Stomatitis, the symtoms are:

  • Fever, may precede appearance of blisters and ulcers by 1 or 2 days
  • Irritability
  • Blisters in the mouth, often on the tongue or cheeks
  • Ulcers in the mouth, often on the tongue or cheeks -- these form after the blister pops
  • Swollen gums
  • Pain in mouth
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

I have all of those.

So, using an Ikea uplighter and a Bic Biro, my assistant had a good poke about in my gob and confirmed that the roof, sides and back of my mouth are covered in small blisters.
This is something that normally only young children get, it should all clear up in 10 days of it's own accord.

Isn't the internet a useful thing? Of course I could have it all wrong, it might be something like Ebola and I might cough my insides all over a Victoria Line tube train tomorrow... but at the moment I'm feeling good about not having to take time off to visit the GP.
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