Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Can You Say...(cough, cough)..Bronchitis? (cough, cough)

Yep, bronchitis. I finally crawled into our physician's clinic yesterday morning for a walk-in appointment at 7am. I saw the doctor after 8am. After I ran a fever, broke the fever, drench my clothes and showed only the symptoms of the cough (no fever when the nurse took the temp). Regardless, I love my doctor. She's personable, has a great memory, is spiritual and knows just the right questions to ask for diagnosis. While it was a very hectic beginning to her day yesterday, I didn't feel mistreated or undervalued, even for a walk in. As she had me attempt to breath, not that I could breath even a full breath, she knew right away it was bronchitis.

So how did I end up with? No clue. According to WebMD.com acute bronchitis takes the form of 90% viral and 10% bacterial. Not sure which I have but I was prescribed an anti-biotic anyway. An indication of the cause of the bronchial infection is a cold. I haven't had a cold in a long time. So I'm scratching my head as to how this occurred. I've been overly healthy, running, soccer, work. The only thing I can think of is I've been exposed to many children lately that have been coughing and may have inadvertently passed something on to me. Tis the fun of volunteerism.

Crazy side note about the anti-biotic. The nurses always ask me if I'm allergic to anything. I always respond "penicillin." Yesterday was no different. However, the nurse was a bit of a basket case, fully overloaded and the antithesis of her employer. At one point she asked me as question, I responded with a slight hesistation and she jumped in quickly saying, "Nevermind. I have way to much to do this morning." Huh, OK. When I went to get my prescription filled, the doctor had prescribed amoxicillin. Never having had it before, I had no idea it was a derivative of penicillin. **Aside: I wonder if the nurse really wrote down any of my responses? ** I had them fill it anyway. Why? Because I've never been certain that I do have an allergy to penicillin. My mother found the allergy in both of siblings and immediately assumed I would as well so I was never given the medication. Research has neither proven nor disproven the familial hypersensitivity/allergy to penicillin. So I felt edgy and had them fill it anyway. It funny to look at the pharm. assist. face I she suggested she call the doctor (while I was thinking and wait yet another hour for a new prescription) and I just told her no, fill it anyway.

The results? No allergic reaction. Good thing. Anaphylaxis occurs in 0.01% of the patients.

So now on the road to recovery. I spared my wife last night by setting up an air mattress in the front room. My hacking and wheezing has kept her up for the past 3 nights and she's exhausted. Last night she slept really well. And surprisingly, so did I. I got up to take a dose of medicine, had a couple of phlegm fits but for the most part slept well. Tonight will probably be better as I'm a little wise with my drug cocktail. I had one drug that is an expactorate (a fancy name for hacking loogies) and without thinking I took it as prescribed, 12 hours after the first dose. That happened to be right before bed. Well, hacking up hair balls as you're trying to dose off into la la land isn't the most enjoyable and restful activity. Let's just say I was up for an hour longer than I had intended. But not tonight. I'll skip the dose and begin again in the morning.

With Christmas right around the corner, less than a week, I just hope I'll have enough energy to enjoy it with the fam. I can already feel my strength returning a bit. I've still not eaten too much but little by little I'm taking food in. Drinking is much easier. I want this Christmas to be enjoyable and fun for the family. Even more, I want it to be healthy. If I can just convince my wife to go see the doctor before her condition becomes worse and less manageable. But alas, she feels she hasn't suffered enough to warrant a visit.

I'll leave you with a little Christmas song, as I would sing it right now.

cough cough cough, cough cough cough, cough cough cough cough wheeeeeeze.
cough cough wheeeeze cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough wheeeeze, cough!
cough cough cough, cough cough cough, cough cough cough cough wheeeeeeze.
cough cough wheeeeze cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough wheeeeze, cough!

Leave a comment if you can guess the song.
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