I’m sick, but not severely so. I just don’t know how to describe it.
I would say I get this type of illness 2-5 times a year. It only lasts 1-3 days, and while I’d feel better laying around the house those days, I can get up and go to work when the workload demands it. I’m working half a day today.
It’s not a cold with any nose/throat/mucus symptoms. It occasionally develops into an afternoon headache.
The main symptoms are cloudy, slow thinking, tiredness, and a feeling around my face that I would describe as “cloudiness”. “heaviness”, “a buzz”, or perhaps “flushed” - it feels like blood is rushing/collecting around my face, especially my eyes, though there’s no actual color change. My eyes do feel very heavy and sticky, and increased naps/longer night sleeps accompany this sickness.
I wouldn’t try to run a half-mile or do anything strenuous during this kind of sickness, but I feel like if I did I’d pass out or feel awful (and probably dizzy and lightheaded) very quickly. So general fatigue is definitely present.
What do I call this? Does this sound familiar to others, or does it sound like I’m being a baby? It’s not a cold, and it doesn’t feel like the flu (though I don’t know what that feels like exactly, now that I think about it). I’m definitely a bit under the weather, but I don’t really how to describe it when someone inquires or Mom wants to know if I need soup.