Sidetracked



I just want to feel better and enjoy my vacation. Is that too much to ask?

I've been sick all week. I spent a day at home, and then returned to work and school so as not to miss a very important deadline and midterms. I figured I just had a cold, anyway. No big deal. I've battled many a cold and still managed to function adequately.
But as today approached and I wasn't getting better, I began to worry. See, I'm getting on a plane tonight and flying to Chicago, and the last thing I want is to suffer the combination of cabin and sinus pressure. So, I went to the doctor.

She came in and asked me a few questions. I was certain it was just a cold, and because I have the immune system of a fly, it was taking a long time to shake it.

"Do you work with kids?" She asked.
"No."
"Do you have roommates?" She asked, sounding worried.
"No."
"I'm going to run a test to see if it's strep," she said.
So, she swabbed my throat and left the room. The whole time I was waiting, I kept thinking, "I know my body. I don't have strep throat."
Well, the nurse came in shortly after and confirmed that I did have strep.
The doctor prescribed a Z Pack, hardcore antibiotics. Antibiotics make me nervous, because I have a very weak stomach and usually have awful side effects. If the doctor tries to prescribe Cipro, I go running for the door. It's bad.

But I wanted to be well in time for the trip, so I sucked it up and took the antibiotics. Sure enough, a few hours later I felt miserable. I won't go into detail, because it was pretty disgusting, but I'll just say I spent a lot of time running to the bathroom and I lost three pounds last night.
I called up the doctor this morning, told the nurse the situation and had my prescription changed to good ol' penicillin.
Changing antibiotics and taking lots of antibiotics tends to do bad things to me also, so I picked up some preventative medicine. I won't go into detail on that either, since it's also kind of gross.
Being the hard-headed young woman I am, I am determined to get on that plane tonight. Strep and antibiotics won't stop me.

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