What began with a little coughing
And choking on my morning coffee on Saturday
Evolved into a plague-like shock
One minute I’m at a car show, I’m doing my assignments and laundry
It was a great day, a balance of work and play
Suddenly these overwhelming chills
Grasp my being and I think nothing of it at first. Take a blanket and all is well.
Then I’m putting on pajamas and I’m shaking so much and I’m so, so cold…
The temperature is rising in my body to an immense heat and in my mind
Worries of missing school on Monday aren’t far behind
It grasps me with a sudden, cruel sickening
Like a plague it has no mercy, only agony and punishment
But I go forward, praying for an overnight miracle.
Now we wait.
It’s 2:18 am
I’m so cold I cannot bear it, but my body’s so hot I’m afraid
My muscles ache, better not to move at all, but I have to take action
Tylenol is taken and I wait for any relief
Sleep comes hard to me
Sleep will come eventually, won’t it?