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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 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I have been fighting aching limbs and a bad cough after a cold for weeks now, this has finally persuaded me to go to the urgent care today. My husband has been nagging me for a while to go, (Even more since my chest started to whistle and crackle a few days ago) but I'm stubborn, thought it was just a cold to fight through.
I guess seeing the potential for serious harm has tipped the scales!

Update later when I get home, but thank you for sharing your life, it might just be the reason I don't spend New Year in hospital.