Diagnosis: Acute Bronchitis
Today I went to urgent care. Felt pretty crappy the night before and had been feeling the lung constriction for a couple of days. The inhaler wasn't working well. Almost always, by the time I feel the need for an inhaler, it's usually an indication that I am probably going to at least need some prednisone to clear the lung constriction. This morning I woke up with chills, fever and trouble breathing. By the time I was able to get myself together enough to go to urgent care it was almost noon. I was coughing every time I breathed and when I checked my temp it was 101.6.
It goes like this: The nurse takes your vitals and almost severs your arm while administering the blood pressure test.
First thing on the list; breathing treatment administered. I began to feel the lungs relax a little as I inhaled some steamy medicine through my mouth down into my lungs; kind of like a inhaling from mini bong only without the buzz. My last encounter with anything related to a bong was 1970 something, It was an experience that made me realize the chemically plant based type of inhalant wouldn’t work for me. At this very moment I was hoping for a chemical relief of any kind.
Getting the flu test. The nurse left and came back in with a very long, thin stick resembling a bamboo- skewer- cue- tip looking thing. She says it's going up my nose and might feel “a little funny”. By the time she almost pierced my eyebrow through my nasal cavity, it felt a little more like a prison camp torture. I think the idea is to shove it up as far as they can until you recoil backwards; thus ensuring that they've obtained enough mucus; although there was probably the same amount just inside the nostril. The test came back negative for the flu and I would have sighed a deep breath of relief, if I could have.
The size large medicine cup full of nasty pink prednisone, probably designed to make you think you might get a dose of bubblegum flavored liquid was another hoax. The nurse said it would taste a little funny, which was as big of a farce as the nose piercing session. I drank the crap down real fast and chased it with a paper cup of water.
I finally got my wish for chemical relief when she reappeared with a syringe and needle. I hesitantly asked where that was going. She replied that it was a fever reducer and would be going into my hip. I got to choose which one. Ouch!
Finally, about an hour and a half later I was on the way to the pharmacy to pick up the RX’s, although present HIPPA laws might prevent me from discussing these, but will keep the story short. Looks like I’ll be spending lots of time resting and taking meds this week.
Good news for today, no fever.