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No, I haven't dropped off the planet

First I was busy, and then I was sick.

Last Wednesday was fine.  Thursday morning I had a slight sore throat.  By Thursday afternoon I had a very sore throat and severe muscle aches - I came home from work and went straight into a scalding hot bath (which felt like a small slice of heaven.)  By Thursday evening my throat felt like it was lined with broken glass and I was doing the alternating sweats and chills.  I would be lying in bed sweating, get up to use the bathroom, and would be shivering uncontrollably by the time I got back to bed.

At 2:00am I decided that I wasn't going to go in to work for Friday.

At 3:00am I decided that I was going to go to the doctor on Friday.

At 9:00am I decided that I was feeling a bit better, and perhaps I didn't need to waste everyone's time by going to the doctor.

At 9:20am Bob called to ask if I had an appointment time yet, since he'd offered to drive me.  I was up and getting dressed at that point, and that combined with the approaching weekend made up my mind for me - because if things didn't continue to improve, the only option on Sunday is the ER, which really isn't appropriate unless something is very wrong indeed.  Given that my ear didn't feel good either, I called and got a 12:00 appointment.

That would be strep throat.  To the point where he asked me if I was having any trouble breathing, and gave me instructions to go directly to the ER over the weekend if I wasn't feeling noticeably better on Saturday.  Oh my.  Well, at least I didn't waste anyone's time.  So he gave me a prescription for antibiotics for the infection and codeine for the pain.

Sidebar: have you noticed that the size of the pill they give you is proportional to the amount of pain swallowing entails?  As the pain gets bigger, so does the pill.  I swear those things are 3/8" to 1/2" long.

I can't remember the last time I've taken that many painkillers.  When I had H1N1 flu the other year, they tell me that I may have had strep at the same time - the rapid test was negative, but I had all the symptoms and they treated accordingly.  That said, I was so miserably sick from the flu that I don't really remember.  I don't remember much about that week.  This time however, I was in full possession of my faculties, and good grief - the pain!  I downed my codeine and went to bed for the whole weekend.  It's better now.

I don't ever want to have that particular bug again.



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Apr. 20th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, yuck! I'm glad to hear you're better now.

Codeine? Wow. That's some pain pill!
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ya - and I was taking them two at a time to get any effect. It was exactly like what I imagine trying to swallow broken glass would feel like. I have SO much more sympathy now for people who get strep all the time.
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
My condolences. Just last week I finally got rid of the last of the congestion. I don't seem to get strep, but the sinus infection my boss brought into the office was a whole other story. I spent two days in bed sleeping.

Glad you're feeling better.
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
I have to say that the thing that was the oddest about it - to the point that I noticed - was being that sick and NOT having a stuffed up head. It confirms my belief that congestion is the worst part of any sort of illness.
Apr. 21st, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh wow...I'm glad you are feeling better. :-( That's scary, how quickly strep can get serious.
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
It shocked me how fast it all went bad. Apparently the dangerous part is that while almost all of the time it comes and goes in 3-5 days, every so often you get a complication. Apparently that's what the antibiotics are actually for - they don't shorten the time of the illness, they prevent it from progressing and make you non-communicable.

Been there, done that. Don't feel the need to revisit that one.
Apr. 27th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)

A couple of years ago I had strep ... bleh. I'm sorry I didn't know ahead of time to give you even more sympathy.

The whole experience made me a lot quicker to go to the doctor when I'm sick -- a few weeks ago, I was apologizing to ours for bothering him when I turned out to NOT be antibiotics-worthy, and he waved me off. Turns out HE had just had his first case of strep this winter. "I have a whole new sympathy for my patients now -- the chills, the pain, it was incredible. It's so much better to be safe."

Hey, did you get the memo about replacing your toothbrush? Our dr. said the bristles are so tight together at the bottom that even bleach isn't guaranteed to get all the strep bacteria. That annoyed me, because I'd *just* replaced my toothbrushes at home and at work -- but I did, and fast.

Pet the kitties, hug the family.
Apr. 27th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I followed directions and started a new toothbrush on my third day of antibiotics. Boiling probably would have done it - as Ateno points out, "nothing escapes 212." But I was due anyhow, and it's a toothbrush for Pete's sake...
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