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Ugh yuck.

Spent the entire afternoon at the doctor's office today, on account of this nasty hacking coughing yuck that I've had for the last three weeks and that has been hanging on like an uninvited house guest. I was swabbed, poked, prodded, X-rayed, poked some more, and several people looked at me and said "hmm" a lot.

After hours of poking, swabbing, prodding, X-raying, and "hmm"ing, the diagnosis is: antibiotic-resistant pneumonia.

Fuck me dead.

The doctor is taking it seriously and treating it aggressively. My kitchen counter now looks like I knocked over a pharmacy. Two different steroids, two different antibiotics, one shot in the ass (that burns like a motherfucker), an inhaler, industrial-strength cough medicine, some foul-tasting bright-orange pills that I don't even know what they are, two different OTC cough medicines and expectorants that my doctor suggested, and another appointment to go in next week for further evaluation. Hundred and seven bucks for all the prescriptions, and my insurance paid more than twice that.

Apparently it's going around. Doctor told me I was the third case of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia she'd seen today. Ye gods.

You know it's bad when you've been too sick even to be horny.



Dec. 31st, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Best of wishes on getting better. A thought, since you say the health professionals have said it's antibiotic-resistant ... it might be helpful to ask what bacteria you've managed to pick up, if you are curious and they did not specify.

As someone who lives with a handful of these horrendous pains-in-the-arse ... Best wishes for a speedy recovery! If you want something to be thankful for: be thankful you can (hopefully) get by on oral antibiotics, they are much simpler than dealing with IV cocktails.