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If it's not one damned thing

it's another.  The massive congestion and uncontrollable paroxyms of coughing (cough until you throw up is no fun) and ongoing conjunctivitis weren't enough.  This morning I appear to be working on laryngitis.  What fun.  I'm hoping it's just morning after the cough syrup voice.  Speaking of which...

Went to the doctor yesterday because the aforementioned cough has been making my life hellish.  It's not too bad during the day, but conditions deteriorate as the day goes on, until by evening I'm attempting to cough up my small intestine.  Waking up to do that every hour and a half all night has meant that I haven't had a decent night's sleep in weeks.  So I broke down and went to the doctor.  No "diagnosis" per se, but I now have:

* a prescription for Augmentin to wipe out the likely sinus infection;
* a prescription for Nasonex to help with same;
* a prescription for cough syrup with codeine to help me sleep and function;
* instructions to take a two week course of Prilosec or Prevecid or something of that ilk.

He seems to think that part of what is egging the cough on is reflux, because NSAIDs and antibiotics can cause that.  Now, I haven't noticed any heartburn, but at this point I'll try whatever they tell me if it can calm this cough down.  Of course codeine hits me like a truck, so I'm going to have to time things carefully, and I really don't think I can take it during the day.  I need to time tonight's dose better, so that it's kicking in *after* I'm done painting, but before I go to bed.  I'm actively afraid to lie down at the moment, because the coughing spasms are so violent when I do.

The pharmacy was amusing last night.  I understand that they have their procedures that they *must* follow.  I get that.  But sometimes they're ludicrous.  I walk in with my prescriptions.  I stand there at the counter and write my address on them, in front of the pharmacy staff.  I tell them that I'll wait, and walk the ten feet to the comfy chair in front of the pharmacy counter.  They fill up my bag, tell me that they're ready, and then ask me to confirm my address...  I can't help but giggle.

The conversation during checkout was also amusing, but in a different way.  I was still in good shape, so I'm standing there not dripping, not coughing, not sniffling, not whining - not looking particularly sick.  The pharmacist hands me my bag full of drugs and says:

"I hope you feel better soon."
Me (surprised): "Thank you.  I guess I probably should have..."
Him: "Gone to the doctor sooner?"
Me: "Yeah.  I guess I just kept thinking..."
Him:  "That is was just going to go away?"
Me:  "Pretty much.  That didn't work out so well."

It's kind of nice to know that neither the situation nor my reaction to it are uncommon.  I think.

I just want to be done.  I've been sick since early December, and I'm not enjoying it.  It has led me to a policy decision.  Until either Charlotte hits the point in the daycare health progression where she stops getting *everything* and bringing it home to me, or we figure out why I'm getting so sick for so *long* every winter, I'm not taking scroll assignments during the winter.  I take them while I'm healthy, get sick, fall over, and end up cramming them into four or five day's worth of late nights because I can't wait any more and I'm still not healthy yet.  It's not good for my art, it's not good for my health, and it seriously impacts my enjoyment of the process.  Not what I wanted when I'm trying to get active again, but enough is enough.

Is it time to go home yet?  As a friend of mine put it once, it's a three-dwarf day.  Sleepy, Dopey, and Grumpy.



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Jan. 26th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
You sound like you could use my current definition of a vacation - a week (or perhaps two?) at a hotel with a good bed, room service, on-site medical staff, and no-one else, including loving family, around.

They've got me on amoxicillin for the (alleged) sinus infection, and since I haven't been in tears from the pain since the day after I started it, I'm going to assume it was a good diagnosis. Given that I've had this headache for three weeks, I probably should have gone in earlier too.

And I hate to tell you this, but it will be quite a while before Charlotte stops bringing the ick home with her. I describe it as "We spend years teaching our children to share, and that at least as long teaching them what NOT to share". When they're sick my entire family insists on cuddling with me. Still. And the girls are 15 and 13 now.... not to mention the husband. 8)

Jan. 27th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Judging by what has happened with ALL of my coworkers with children, in a couple more years she won't bring home even a fraction of what we're getting right now. Heck, Bob and I bring stuff home from work - I'm just looking forward to it slowing down to a few things a season rather than a few things a *month*.
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Quite true, she won't bring home as much. It's just that with ours it seemed that what they did bring home was nastier. And they just *had* to share with Mommy. 8)
Jan. 26th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
*hug* Oh you poor thing. :-( It's the Cold From Hell this year, for sure. I'm still trying to recover here, myself, though I've been fortunate enough so far to avoid the sinus infection.

Try to get some rest and feel better. A few days of resting and sleeping will probably go a long way towards making you feel more human.
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I really feel like a couple of nights of decent sleep will work wonders. Last night the cough syrup wore off about 1:00am, and I was afraid to take another dose. If it does it again tonight, I'm going to try taking half a dose and see how I feel when the alarm goes off.

My goal is to be healthy for my birthday. That's almost a month, so I think it's doable, right?

It's still better than last year's bout with flu!
Jan. 27th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Tussinex is your friend. You're right about timing though. 12 hour time release and it can knock you flat...which is a good thing. The sleep will do you a world of good.

I'm sorry you've been so bad. I only had the cough for 3 weeks, but I had the cough medicine left over from last year and I was able to take it a couple of times to get me past the worst. I also didn't have reflux issues.

I hope you feel a lot better very soon!
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, *I* don't have reflux issues either. But he was quite insistant, and I know that can be silent sometimes, so I will follow directions. Who knows - it might help.

When you add in two maintenance medications, it looks like a blinkin' pharmacy in my bathroom right now.
Jan. 27th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Blast. I had a witty, cheering-you-up reply to this and the ethernet ate it.
Here's hoping you feel better soon, and that shoveling today didn't make you cough your lungs out.

(PS Please tell your other half that if snow hits when he's at the office, he's welcome to crash with us if it's okay with you -- or even just wait out a traffic jam. Not sure which parent drops off and who picks up, I know that's a factor. At least it's a fullsized sofabed!)
Jan. 28th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Who shovels? I bought Bob a Cub Cadet four-cycle man machine to remove the snow. He clears us out, and I go.
Jan. 31st, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Those of us without a snowday-accessible storage space for gasoline-powered gizmii.

I've flirted with the idea of electrics that I could waste porch space on, and bicycle-storage units -- but so far it's sweat-equity and the goodness of our neighbors' snowblowers.
Jan. 31st, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Those of us without a snowday-accessible storage space for gasoline-powered gizmii.

I've flirted with the idea of electrics that I could waste porch space on, and bicycle-storage units -- but so far it's sweat-equity and the goodness of our neighbors' snowblowers.
Jan. 31st, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Fair enough. One of several reasons that I refused to look at any house that didn't have a two car garage. I wish we had interior access, but so far this isn't so bad.
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