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Hope you're recovering Frank; My latest Urgent Care visit


Blog Posted:1/10/2014 1:06:00 PM


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.

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  1. Date: 2/2/2014 10:09:00 PM
    I trust that all went well, and now you are feeling much improved. From personal experience with Prednisolone I find a can of energy drink (while taking steroids) really gives you a buzz. My workmates hate it as I get pretty active for the rest of the day. From a nurses perspective, I regularly treated a young lad once on a Children's ward. He liked the nasal sampling that you described above as it cleared his nose for him. Loved the story, I hope that it was meant to be amusing.

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  1. Date: 1/11/2014 1:45:00 AM
    I ' m.glad you have no fever dear..Wishing you to get well!!!

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/11/2014 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I am glad that shot took care of the fever :)
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 8:27:00 PM
    Karen, do get well.............SKAT

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/11/2014 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    SKAT, thank you for the kind remarks.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 7:29:00 PM
    Boy that's some great story telling! I hope you read Caleb's? Sounds horrid though not being able to breathe is pretty petrifying! I hope you sleep & get well soon! You don't think you got it vicariously from Cyndi! through the computer do you?

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/11/2014 9:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Debbie. It was a miserable experience. I read Caleb's hilarious story and loved it.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 5:54:00 PM
    sorry you are having these problems, I am sure Frank and others can relate with you at this time. GET WELL and hurry back.

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/11/2014 9:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Andrea, I will make every attempt to follow doctor orders.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:28:00 PM
    i have this bronchial allergy due to climactic changes for over a year now... please take care and listen to your body, dear karen.. this goes to all who are experiencing slight ailments due to weather changes.. huggs

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/10/2014 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    nette, I have climate change issues also. Thank you for the kind words :)
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:08:00 PM
    Karen, I do hope you will feel better. My granddaughter had 102.3... Fever last night. Colleen B. From the soup is having surgery today. I do hope God is answering prayers. I too miss Frank, where is he??? Get Well, thank you for sharing the blog.... Linda

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/10/2014 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks PD. Sorry about the illness and surgery for Colleen. Speedy recovery for everyone. Keep us posted on Colleen :)
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:32:00 PM
    bamboo skewer up the nose...yep, I'd say that might feel "a little funny"...I hate to be entertained by your misfortune.....but i am...;)

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/10/2014 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Entertaining you was my intent. Always need to find humor in diverse circumstances. I must be on the mend.
    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 1/10/2014 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh!...lol....but I DO hope you get well soon.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:17:00 PM
    Dearest Karen--goog god love!! Please , please get better hon!! Those of us with relatively normal health can read this and say "DO NOT TAKE IT FOREGRANTED"!! Prayers for your return to good health---and Frank, you too!

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    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey Date: 1/10/2014 1:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, very alarming and unpleasant to say the least. I have asthma and there are times when it morphs into bigger problems. Thank you

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