My immune system is currently like a crack SAS unit. Not content with being a private in the army and taking a week to fight off the enemy with a bayonet it wants all intruders dead immediately, if not sooner, even if it puts itself at risk in the process.
I went to bed on Saturday night perfectly normal. Not a hint that there was anything amiss. Woke up Sunday morning and before I’d even opened my eyes I was sneezing. I often sneeze first thing in a morning so didn’t think much about it, but 2 hours later when I’d gone through four man-size hankies and produced enough mucus to fill a bucket I did wonder if something was up. By 2pm that afternoon my nose was like a tap and my eyes were “full of cold” (is that just a northern saying?!). Come tea-time it was official – I had the lergie and felt absolutely rubbish. I could barely keep my eyes open, was chilly and headachy, and so tired I was spark out by 9pm.
I slept through the night and woke Monday morning completely back to normal. Not a sniffle, not a drop of snot, nor any sign of a virus. Brilliant, but obviously flippin nuts. I mean, who develops a streaming cold and gets rid of it in less than 24 hours?!
It hasn’t always been this way though. When I was first developing M.E. I had the classic one-virus-after-another situation for months until I finally contracted gastroenteritis which was the beginning of the end. I also remember about 5 years ago having no less than seven cold viruses in one winter, and even had three different cold strains at the same time! But this year while everyone around me has dropped like flies with everything from the winter vomiting bug to Aussie Flu I’ve remained virus free. Quite what leads my immune system to be either stupendously lazy or ridiculously over-zealous is a mystery. I just wish it would settle for the rank of Officer, commanding the troops with knowledgeable efficiency from behind the front line, rather than being either cannon fodder in the trenches or a heroic lone sniper both of which are likely to get it killed.
It’s the Holy Grail isn’t it? Finding a way of returning our immune system back to normal so that it’s neither over, nor under, reactive. So that it treats the world with healthy suspicion rather than a complete loony toons attacking everything in sight, or a total coward hiding under the duvet. I pray the cure arrives soon because my poor immune system is exhausted from its game of Jekyll & Hyde and I’m plain fed up of dealing with its schizophrenic behaviour!