Sunday, October 18, 2009

In Which I am Quite Sick

It now appears I can blame my grouchiness of a few days ago on my health. While I grumbled to you folks, my body was busy coming down with the flu and cooking up two major infections on top of that (sinus & ear). As I will now elaborate all my health problems, I shall now offer you the chance to stop reading.

Have you looked away yet?

Friday afternoon I started feeling sneezy, achy, feverish, and so on. (Sounds like Snow White's Seven Dwarves, doesn't it?) I dosed up on over the counter medicine and went to bed. I woke up at 1:30 AM, drenched in sweat and shaking. After that I couldn't get comfortable as I was either shivering with cold or burning up.

Despite all that, I wouldn't have gone to the doctor at all (I can be stubborn like that) but then I woke up Saturday morning in the most intense ear pain I have ever had, and believe me when I tell you, I know about ear pain. One of the less beloved traits inherited from one side of my family (not to name names) is a propensity for ear infections. Specifically, the little tubes inside my head are just that: little. And it doesn't take much to fill them with whatever nasty fluid my head concocts.

From my excessive ear infection history, I knew that the next thing would be my ear-drum bursting and I almost hoped that it would, because at least then it wouldn't hurt so much (the gross stuff thereby leaking out and all pressure relieved). However, this is not really a good idea because it takes the ear-drum a while to heal and several years ago (back when Tigger was a baby) I had such a severe ear infection and ear-drum tear that the doctors began to warn me I might never recover full hearing. Many medicines later, those fears were eased, but it was a long and worrisome thing.

Prince Charming went to visitation at our church, the girls tried to play quietly, and I attempted to go back to sleep. I felt completely exhausted of course, after that night, but I couldn't sleep because of my ear. When Prince Charming returned I practically begged him to take me to the doctor. (I'm pretty sure I was crying fairly non-stop at this point, but maybe I imagined that.)

He called our family doctors, who oh so not-helpfully informed us that I could come in Monday. So we went to an Urgent Care, where I know I must not have been feeling well since I didn't take off my jacket and shoes before they weighed me. (I mean, really, who needs the extra weight?!)

The nurses took my vitals and asked questions, most of which Prince Charming had to answer since I couldn't a) hear very well and b) be bothered to speak. Then we were back out in the waiting room where we...waited. And waited. And waited. Then it was back into an exam room where we, naturally, waited some more.

At this point one of the nurses came in, wearing a mask and brandishing what looked like a very large q-tip. Nothing good can come from this. She told me they were going to test me for the flu. She told me she would have to swab my nose, which didn't sound too bad, but let me tell you, it felt like she was trying to shove that cotton swab up to my brain. And for her next trick: the other nostril! Let me just say that I have an entirely new appreciation for the phrase "stick it where the sun don't shine".

After that thrilling experience, we waited some more. Then a very nice doctor came in and told me that the rapid test had confirmed that I have the flu. (Side note: he did not specify H1N1, so I have no idea which flu I'm carrying). Then he told me that it shouldn't cause an ear ache. He felt my face and checked my ears - sinus and right ear infections confirmed as well.

He wrote me three prescriptions for various things (another side note: nothing for the flu, per se) and told me to take it easy for a week and stay out of work (yet another side note: ha!). He asked me if I needed him to write me a note. (I suppose I should have said yes, just to remind myself to take it easy, should the situation warrant it)

Then we left to have my prescriptions filled. Prince Charming went in for me and I heard - and I am not making this up - a long story on health care reform on NPR while I waited. Then Prince Charming came out with my meds and, lo and behold, apparently Prince Charming hadn't been clear enough when asked by the nurses if I had any allergies, because the main antibiotic for my ear was one that I am allergic to. He told me that the pharmacy had wanted to call the doctor about it, because they have my allergy noted in their records, but he had just wanted to hurry home. So then he had to go back in and ask tell them "yes, please call the doctor but meanwhile we are going home and you can call us if he orders something different".

Needless to say, I went home, took the two medicines I did have, drank some juice and ate a little bit (absolutely all I'd had to eat that day), and went to bed. Prince Charming had to go back out and pick up my new medicine a little later.

So, I've spent most of the past three days in bed, I didn't get to go to church today, and I'm sitting here shivering while I write this blog post.

I guess it's back to bed for me.

11 comments:

Karabeth said...

Missed you at church and at lunch. Polly sat in your chair. I hope you don't mind.

As for the inherited trait, I won't tell whose side you inherit that from except to say that your dad actually likes when he gets ear infections (as long as there is no pain involved or ear drums bursting) especially in his right ear because that is the ear nearest me when he is driving. Most husbands routinely ignore their wife's backseat driving. Pastor Dad has help. :)

Kelly said...

This is completely unrelated (although I do hope you feel better!), but should I take the piano cake link in your Delicious bookmarks as a hint for next year? ;)

Anonymous said...

Aw, hope you feel better soon! Jodi and the kids (trading it around) have had it for the last two weeks --without the earache. Maybe that's not encouraging though... :) Do hope you're over it soon!

Morgan

Pastor said...

Read your post and do hope you are better soon. And maybe I missed this but why were you not in church today?

Pastor Dad

P.S. just kidding ;) but not about you getting better.

Stephen said...

Hope you get to feeling better ...

Toni said...

I missed you too!! I'm crossing my fingers -- no, no, no, I am praying that our family stays healthy through all this flu stuff. I'll pray also that this doesn't get passed around to all of your family. In the meantime, relax and take care of yourself. I hope to see you back to church soon.

Amy said...

Ugh. What a weekend.

I have seen Alan get the nose-swab thing done so many times.... always makes my upper-nasal, almost-brain-area hurt for him! Sorry you've had to endure that and a whole lot more!

I hope you are feeling better today!

Vicky said...

Sure hope you are feeling better today!

ginellebaskin said...

Hope you are getting lots of rest and are on the mend! Praying for you to get well and that no one else in the family gets sick.

Mark said...

So sorry you are feeling bad. Get well soon...I wouldn't leave the state of Ohio if I were you. ;-)

Mark

Amy said...

It's been a whole week! Are you feeling better? Is the rest of the family feeling ok??
Hope everyone is well and life is happily busy!

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