A few years ago, both my Mother and got very sick with an illness that I've never encountered before, or since, with the exception of mononucleosis. We were, at the time, living in rural upstate New York, at a lake front.
I never thought much of it until recently as I began to hear more about the West Nile Virus. Now, I am more or less convinced that it was not WNV, because the severe cough is apparently not one of the symptoms of the illness.
I have, however, been wondering what it was, because it did not seem like just any flu or cold. It was crippling and utterly frightful, with coughing spasms so bad we both thought we'd either have a heart attack or suffocate to death. Sleep was impossible and we were at time incapacitated to the point that getting out of bed was a two a day habit, if only to go to the bathroom.
We had fevers, headaches, severe and pro-longed weakness, severe coughing, sore throats, dizziness, and lacking our usual mental prowess -- which is a kind way of saying we were sick stupid. We sweated profusely. It lasted about a week or so.
What was it?