Dum, dum, dum, dum – dum, dum, dum. It almost sounds like your heartbeat, doesn’t it. Dum, dum, dum, dum, you hear your heart pumping, sweating like a wrestler’s armpit. Dum, dum, dum, dum, why?
Fever is such a common thing, but even I still have many questions about it. And what a better way to understand love, passion, anger, fever through songs.
Everybody’s got the fever
That is something you all know
Fever isn’t such a new thing
Fever started long ago
Peggy Lee, what a singer, what a beauty, what musicality. But a medical genius? A Fever specialist? Let’s take a closer look at some of the lyrics:
You give me fever
Okay…? Thanks, but what exactly was given? What is fever? Fever is just a symptom, it’s not a disease.
When your body detects something that doesn’t belong inside it (a bacterium for instance), your body will try to kill it by heat. Imagine Khaleesi with her dragons burning every enemy that gets in her way. Your body … is Khaleesi… Mmm, imagine that… Anyway, your brain will change the set point of your personal thermostat to “kill”, aka about 39 degrees Celsius. This will inactivate/slow down all your “enemies” (bacteria and stuff), giving your immune system time to figure out how to properly kill them. This means that your body feels cold at 37 degrees Celsius, it needs to get to 39! So you’ll shiver and get an extra blanket to get that heat up. As soon as the thermostat is set back to 37, your 39 degrees body will feel insanely hot and you’ll start sweating and puffing and trying to get rid of the heat. This means: time to get back to work!
Can fever be given? It’s possible, if the fever was caused by an infectious disease this can be transmitted. It will take some time before you get the fever though, sometimes longer than a month.
When you kiss me
Definitely a possibility. For instance with EBV, or the “kissing disease” most teenagers go through. Actually because they drank out of each others cups, not because they went around tasting their fellow classmates …
Fever when you hold me tight
I’m still on the virus pathway for this, but with just holding it will be difficult. Unless Peggy Lee actually meant the really “tight holding”, as in “fucking”, then we have some clear ways how to get that fever.
Sometimes however, nobody needed to hold you to get it. No infection, no virus, no bacteria. Sometimes, the brain tries to kill you with a serious system malfunction: an auto-immune disorder. Fever can be one of the first complaints. In these diseases your body actually makes antibodies against your own cells making you very sick and fooling your brain at the same time. Also other nasty diseases like cancer can cause a fever.
Fever! in the morning
Fever just in the morning is tricky. Usually a spiking fever does not care if it’s morning. But still, abscesses can give spiking fever (but you don’t get that from someone else), also Malaria (you’d need a mosquito in between) and tick bite fevers (name says it, you need a tick bite). I don’t know Peggy Lee, this will be harder to blame on your man.
Fever all through the night
Yes, this is clearly possible again. Maybe with the previous statement you meant to say that you have had the fever all through the night, into the morning? And the rest of the day? But yes, Fever at night is terrible. You get these fever dreams, real vivid, sometimes scary dreams. Nobody can tell you what fever dreams really are and why you get them though.
Now you’ve listened to my story
Yes, thanks for sharing
Here’s the point that I have made
Bring it on
Chicks were born to give you fever
Excuse me? Are you saying that chickens are born to make us sick? With some sort of poultry virus? Is this an apocalyptic confession?
Be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade
It’s 2018, we call it Celsius now.
Normally your temperature will be between the 35.5 and 37.5 degrees Celsius. But it depends on how, and especially where, you measure it. Under the tongue your temperature will be lower than in the butt. Furthermore, your temperature is different every moment of the day, depending on the temperature of your surroundings, your activities, even the menstrual cycle. But let’s not make it more difficult than we should.
They give you fever
They? You’re still on the chickens?
When you kiss them
Why would we kiss chickens? If we don’t kiss them, no fever?
Fever if you live and learn
Well yes, if you live, you’ll definitely get fever a couple of times.
And about learning to Staying Alive (aah, nice, new song, different blog however): you can stop fever!
Your over active brain doesn’t know when to stop and will keep turning your thermostat until 42 degrees Celsius in some cases. That temperature is really harmful for your cells. But also “just” 39 degrees Celsius can be harmful, especially for young children. My drug of choice? XTC. Oh, you mean drugs against fever of course, sorry; Paracetamol. But by bringing down the fever, you don’t treat the underlying cause. You’re just treating the symptom. By the time the Paracetamol stops working, the fever will be up again. So never just use Paracetamol for a long period of time if you have fever, try to find the underlying disease and treat that.
Live and learn, baby, live and learn.
Fever! till you sizzle
I’ll interpret this like being delirious and raving of fever. At one point your brain can get so confused about the higher temperature that you get into a fever delirium. No worries, nobody is going crazy yet. Once the fever is down, the raving stops.
What a lovely way to burn
I strongly disagree. I’ve had my share of fevers and in no case did I ever think “what a lovely way to burn”. Sorry Peggy. I am not agreeing with her, but that’s ok, it’s the 21st century.
Glad we got that sorted out.