John:'Hi Sally, it's John. I'm afraid that I won't be able to come into work today.'
Sally:'Why? Are you feeling OK?'
John:'No, I am not. I'm feeling really ill. I've got a terrible headache, my throat is very sore and my nose is blocked. I was coughing all night, so my wife hasn't slept because of the noise.'
Sally:'You looked tired yesterday.'
John:'I didn't feel well yesterday. I was sweating in the office. I thought I was sweating because of the heating being high. But that wasn't the reason.'
Sally:'It sounds like a cold. Three other people in the office already have this illness at the moment.'
John:'I don't think I have a cold.'
Sally:'Have you checked your temperature? Do you have a fever?'
John:'No I don't have a high temperature, So I don't think I have flu, which is also a common illness at this time of year. It got a lot worse last night, at first I had a bad stomach ache and a headache. So I thought that it was something that I had eaten, that I had food poisoning. But, my stomach is OK now and I haven't been sick or had diarrhoea.
When I woke up this morning, my head hurt like somebody had hit me over the head with a stick. And all my muscles are aching. A continuous soft pain. I also feel a bit confused and dizzy, the room seems to be moving around when I stand up.'
Sally:'You don't sound well at all. You need to stay in bed and rest.'
John:'I think I will. But I'm going to the doctor's later.'
Sally:'Don't worry, let me know how you are tomorrow. Take care of yourself.'