Hello all! I hope you are all staying warm and safe this week, since it sounds like it's cold/snowy/freezing in so much of the country. As you already know, I have been waiting for winter weather, so my complaint is not with that.
This is a story about how I have been incredibly sick for the past week, and how it took way too much time and effort to get the right meds.
A week ago yesterday, I left work feeling kinda sick. I thought it was because a co-worker who had just returned from a smoking break spent about half an hour in my office. I had a funny taste, and my throat felt scratchy, and I was having a hard time breathing. But then even once I got home, I just kept feeling worse. Figured, well crap, I'm getting something, and then went to bed.
My usual morning routine on a work day is: get up, feed starving felines, take Dug for a walk and feed him, shower, dress, fix and eat my own breakfast, go to work. About two minutes into my walk with Dug, I knew that when I got home, I'd have to make myself a cup of tea and sit for a bit. First I thought I would just go in late, but after about half an hour, realized it just wasn't happening. Sent an e-mail to my boss, and to my dr's office, and went back to bed.
Thursday and Friday were just kind of a blur. Coughing, chills, runny nose, congestion, the whole thing, and every once in a while, a slight fever. Dr said he would prescribe something, and it is the same thing he prescribes every time I'm sick, which I learned through experience and another dr I saw in an emergency masks the symptoms. Plus, I could not get more 1 1/2-2 hours of sleep at a time. Now, I know from a lifetime of previous experience that the ONE THING that works for me, every single time, and gives me a chance to get sleep, is codeine cough syrup. ALWAYS.
I asked the dr for some. He said he thought it wasn't necessary (he usually says this for about two weeks). Over the weekend, I called the on call dr, who was very sympathetic, but said I should add some over-the-counter meds to my prescription meds, and they would help. Which of course they didn't. So finally on Tuesday, I called the office again, and asked if someone - anyone, the janitor, the electrician, anyone - could take a listen to my lungs. Because I felt no better, and was starting to worry that I had pneumonia. They said that a nurse practitioner had time and since it was The Tim's day off, he took me right over.
She talked to me, went over things, and did an exam. No pneumonia, thank goodness, but "severe exacerbation of asthma from a bad cold." (I had no idea I had a cold!) And most importantly, she prescribed codeine cough syrup.
Tuesday night, I slept the whole night, and yesterday, finally felt like I might live. The dr told me to stay put until Monday, to be sure I'm doing better and so I can get some much-needed rest.
Today is the first day in a week when I felt like a human being again. Granted, a human being who still feels like crap, but such a noticeable improvement!
I know that codeine is a controlled substance, and shouldn't be taken for anything and everything. But for my entire existence it has been the one drug that allows me to get a decent amount of rest whenever I've had a bad cough. And I always have to suffer for about 10 days at a minimum before the dr even considers it.
I can't decide if I should ask for a refill and hoard it, or switch drs. Or both. But thank God I feel better. I can't remember ever feeling so terrible for so long. For no reason.