I had a fever this morning.
I am sure that unless I am magically on the road to recovery (which I don't feel like I am), I will have a fever later today and tonight.
But at the only time I could visit the doctor.
I didn't have the main symptom I've been suffering from for almost four weeks now.
They took my temperature, and it was normal. They listened to me describe what I've had, and summed it up more or less as, "So, you haven't taken your temperature, and have just felt it?"
It was in that moment I realized they didn't believe me at all. And were only not saying as much because of a sense of professionalism in being obliged to humor me. Because I don't have any other symptoms. I don't cough frequently enough to be considered a cough; I've had a brief sore throat for part of the day, once or twice per week so like about 3-5 times total but it went away in less than a day so I don't have that, either.
And no real diarrhea, beyond what is normal for me anyway. In that sure not everything coming out all the time comes out in neat stools, but that happens to everyone every once and a while and it's not consistent; on average, I simply haven't had diarrhea so no symptom there, either.
And while I've had times where I felt like I couldn't eat more unless I'd place myself at risk of vomiting. I haven't felt like I would vomit, specifically because I've taken steps to avoid feeling that way, so I don't have that symptom. No cough. No sore throat. No diarrhea. No vomiting.
Just the fever, which I have no readings for, and which wasn't there at the actual time of the appointment in spite of just how debilitating it has been when it has shown up. And the exhaustion associated with sapped stamina from sickness.
They took bloodwork, which will take a couple days to get results back from.
They told me it wasn't bacterial, which I already knew.
But since there was no proof of it at the time I went in.
And I could offer them no proof of it.
Even if they didn't say it to my face.
They just didn't believe I had it altogether.
So, wasted trip. In spite of it having been almost four weeks. Advice was just give it more time, that if it's actually real it should clear up on its own.