Friday, January 20, 2012

So it continues . . .

All week I've been out of school. I've been gone so much that to return I now need a note from my doctor saying I'm healthy enough to return.

And the doctor has weighed in after I finally gave in WENT to the emergency clinic. (Truth: Hubby dragged me to the clinic under my fierce protest!)

It's viral, not bacterial. This means there's really nothing much any medication can do to cure me. (I knew this going in -- which is why I resisted going to the emergency clinic). It's just requires time and sleep and lots of fluid.

I can't take antihistamines because they wire me to the point where I can't sleep. I can take very intensive cough syrup filled with codeine -- and though I always believed codeine made me sick to my stomach, in cough syrup it gives just enough soothing relief to put me to sleep for 45 minutes or so. I love my new cough syrup! I also now have a prescription nasal spray, which really does next to nothing. I also have my "Cold and Cough" over the counter meds but like the nasal spray doesn't seem to bring much relief.

And I have pink eye -- in both eyes. I look really "cute." I haven't washed my hair in over a week -- and because me head has hurt so badly, I've been pulling on the top of my head so that my hair stands up by itself into a Mohawk. It can't be combed down at this stage. (To go to the clinic I had to find a hat).

However, today, I actually managed to have a coherent thought -- maybe even two. I fixed Hubby a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch along with some heated up stew I'd made last week -- and tried one for myself but the dogs got it when I found swallowing still to much of an effort. I honestly haven't had anything other than Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup in a week. The Diet 7-Up and I keep each other company everywhere I go.

I even managed to recharge the Kindle because it occurred to me I might be able to read tomorrow. So far, for the last two weeks, I've done nothing but watch weird TV -- and since sleeping has been very problematic, I can tell you that at 3:45 a.m. all 287-DISH network channels have nothing on worth watching.

The clinic says they'd seen a lot of cases like mine. Be careful out there -- this "virus" is vicious.


Donna said...

I'm so sorry you are going through this!

Margaret said...

Yucky--I bet you just can't wait to get better. Being miserable for a few days is one thing, but for this LONG?? Ugh. Thinking of you. xoxo