Since Tuesday afternoon I have had the flu. Uncontrollable shivering, painful headaches, a stabbing earache, sore muscles, and lower back pain. But it's not all bad: I have also had semi-hallucinogenic episodes, I believe related to dizziness, which were interesting and almost overwhelming. I thought I was going to pass into a coma the first time it happened, but then tested by opening my eyes and moving my leg: no problem. In fact, I found that I could control the episodes consciously. Though the flu put the potential for them there (the potential arises as an indescribable sensation), the choice of whether to go into them and when to stop them is mine. I can also direct them to some extent. From time to time in the past, when not sick, I have been reading a book and then gotten the impression that I am very far above the page, like a hundred feet, looking down and reading miniscule words with eerily sharp eyesight. Everything in the room then seems to have shrunk and receded, without loss of clarity. The effect can be quickly dispelled. This is a similar effect to a major perception of the semi-hallucinogenic flu episodes.