I am battling an Upper Respiratory Infection from Hell.
I have been sick on and off all year...I was sick when I went to the Winter Classic, I was sick when I went to Las Vegas in March, but those colds went away in about a week.
So naturally when I got sick again on April 3rd I figured it was another cold. When It didnt go away in a week I figured I was just getting re-sicked (yes, I know not a word) by my nieces who are walking germ factories, albeit cute ones.
When I was still sick on the 15th I went to the doctor, who informed me of the URI and told me "You sound good and ears/nose/throat look clear so I'm not going to prescribe you anything, just keep up with the cough syrup and you should be ok in a few days"
So on the 24th when I came down with another horrible sore throat,uncontrollable coughing and fever I called the doctor who told me that it was just post nasal drip irritating my throat and she would prescribe me a mild painkiller for the pain (?).
Now utterly convinced that Im dealing with an idiot I got myself a 2nd opinion.
My 2nd opinion informed me that while it was an issue of post nasal drip (ewww) irritating my throat, I also had elevated blood pressure and lowered oxygen levels in my blood due to the URI and the nice wheeze that was living deep down in my left lung.
She also informed me that had I not come to see her I was setting myself up for Bronchitis or a possible hospital stay with a nice case of Pneumonia.
So here I am, with my antibiotics, my albuterol inhaler, my tessalon for the sore throat, my sudaphed and my excedrin.
And I'm hoping I finally start to feeling better.