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16 February 2008 @ 10:20 pm
Sick again  
So I'm sick again. I had about two weeks of relatively good health and now I'm back to square one. My head is so congested it feels like it's being squished like a melon in a vice. This means I've been sick for almost all of 2008 so far. It's turning into a great year.

I did managed to get some real Sudafed today. I had to go to the pharmacy counter and produce my ID. The tech then wrote down all my personal information in this great big folder of doom. Apparently they need to keep track of all us evil Sudafed buyers. We might just be running a big meth operation out of our basements.

Somehow I don't think I'd feel this crappy if I were high.

Anyway, the Sudafed worked for a while, but I can't take it before bed or I wont be able to sleep. I'm going to call a new Doctor tomorrow on Monday and see if I can get an appointment. Maybe this one will actually care that I keep getting sick. Maybe she'll have some ideas on how to change it.

Or maybe I'm just doomed to have a perpetual sinus infection for the rest of my life.
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ladyofgallifrey: DW-Ro-25ladyofgallifrey on February 17th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
No!!!!!!!!!!! You've used up your allotment of sick, it's someone else's turn!

I just hope your doctor finds a way to cure you without more antibiotics. I read that because they over-prescribe antibiotics, our bodies now cannot fight off these new bug strains that keep mutating. Evil nasty germs! A pox on them - oh wait, they are the pox... never mind.

I'm so sorry this keeps happening to you. My prescription? Move to Arizona! I think the heat will kill any germ left in your system.

I'm not being very helpful am I? Feel better soon & here's hoping you get to stay that way!
svanderslice: TW - Owen fills a needlesvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, I really hope so. Someone told me to try a Doctor of Internal Medicine instead of a regular family practitioner. She said sometimes they look a little deeper into the problem.

I'm also going to ask her if she thinks I should see an allergist. Maybe I keep getting sick because my allergies are either taxing my immune system, or irritating my sinuses enough that germs keep getting in. If that's the case, it would be worth the shot once a week to not feel like this anymore.

Or maybe it's just because we have 60 degree weather one day and 18 degree weather the next. This stupid winter is going to kill me. My body can't get regulated.
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 17th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
You need to seriously get a new doctor sweetheart. For what it's worth I'm currently on tranqulizers to help with my anxiety, which is why I haven't been around lately (not to mention work and a TON of homework because I missed some school last week) But regardless, I hope you get better soon (again)!
svanderslice: DW - Donna Sadsvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you're having a rough time of it. As an anxiety sufferer myself, I can really empathize. When it gets bad, it's BAD. I hope the tranquilizers work, and that you don't have to take them for very long. For what it's worth I'm not surprised you're all worked up right now, what with everything that's going on in your personal life, and then all that school work on top of it. It's enough to make a completely healthy person go a bit insane.

As for the new Doctor thing I'm half way there. I've already picked one out, I just need to call on Monday to see if they are people I want to do business with, so to speak.

I've just started coughing again too. But I will not cry. I refuse to get depressed about this. There are too many people out there much worse off than I am right now. I can name five by name right off the top of my head.

Still sucks though.
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 17th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
hugs to you :)
svanderslicesvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* What are you up to right about now?
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 17th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Catching up on fic lol. It seems to be a never ending battle though, I have a ton of them bookmarked to read later, and a ton up on my screen right now :) Then I gotta work at 5pm but other than that nothing. You?




Oh and I had a fabulous prompt for you to write when you get the chance again lol :)
svanderslicesvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I've got nothing to do until my mother calls me. I'm supposed to go over her house to watch a movie. Mind if I call you, or do you want to be alone?
svanderslicesvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
sorry honey, my mom just called, got to go. You let me know when you're available this week, and I'll call you if you want to talk.

bye. :)
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 17th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
lol I just got your message :) Have fun with your mom though. I'm available whenever I'm not in school. But with all the home work I have the best day would proabably be like wensday or thursday after 8pm.
svanderslicesvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I have school on Thursday night and I don't get home to close to 11pm. I could call you on Wednesday after church, around 9pm. Let me know if that's okay.
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 18th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Yea that should work :) Though I might be hopped up on tranquilizers lol ;)
svanderslicesvanderslice on February 18th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
That should be an interesting conversation, considering that I'm all doped up on stims to try and shake this infection. lol
T'eyla: me MDt_eyla on February 17th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Eeh. Sorry to hear that :(.

I hope you won't take this the wrong way, but I'll dare to speak up with medical advice here. I did do 1.5 years of med school, so I'm not totally talking out of my ass - on the other hand, I sucked very much at it, so maybe I am after all.

Anyway. To me, this sounds as if you had a bacterial infection, which your doctor prescribed antibiotics for. You took them, your symptoms went away. Unfortunately, though, symptoms going away doesn't mean that all bacteria have been killed off. That's why doctors always tell you to take all of the pills they prescribed you, even if you don't feel sick anymore. And even if you take them all, you can never be 100% sure that the antibiotics killed every last one of the germs. It takes only a bunch remaining after you've stopped the antibiotics to have you sneezing and coughing again in no time. The evil thing about it is that these bugs are a new strain now which will be resistant against the kind of antibiotics that you took before. So I guess what your doctor will be prescribing you now is a new sort of antibiotics, which will hopefully this time kill the bacteria off for good. I don't think you'll get around a doctor's appointment, though.

Blergh. Bacterial infections are a real drag. I remember that I caught one when I was writing my final thesis for school a few years back, and it took me over two and a half months to fully get rid of it. I hope it'll be quicker in your case!
svanderslice: DW - 10 sad at wall BWsvanderslice on February 17th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Really? I had no idea they could last so long. I did take all of my medication, and it was already a pretty strong antibiotic. He had me taking some inhaled steroids too, and I should still be on them, but they gave me such a bad headache I only took them until the antibiotics were gone. I suppose that makes me a bit on the stupid side, but then again, hindsight is 20/20.

Honestly, I'm not even sure if this is still an bacterial infection. It feels the same, but all my mucus (you really want to hear about this right?) is clear instead of that really gross green/yellow. I do however have enough pressure in my face right now that my teeth hurt, my ears are slightly clogged, and my eyes keep seeping.

I'm just going to call my new Doctor on Monday. If nothing else maybe she will just let me vent. I just want someone to listen who actually listens and doesn't just write me off as being fine. I don't feel fine.

Okay, I'm getting off my soap box now. Like I told another of my friends, I absolutely will NOT get depressed about this.

Now I just wish I could believe that. :)
T'eyla: me MDt_eyla on February 17th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I had no idea they could last so long.
They can, if you get unlucky and catch a resistant strain, and also if you just don't have the time to lie low for a while and let your immune system work on getting rid of the 'lil fuckers without putting more strain on it (as, in my case, the thesis, which I had to research and write for a deadline that wasn't going to chance just because I was sick).

New doctor sounds like a good idea. Just make sure to tell them that this being sick thing has been going on for a while, which sorts of antibiotics you took, and what else you did to get rid of the bugs.

And no, you shouldn't get depressed about it. You'll get rid of it eventually. I haven't yet heard of anybody who didn't.

Good luck! :)