I have been battling sickness since March 9th. Two weeks before getting sick I was feeling pretty happy that I had "almost" made it through the winter without getting sick. In fact, I couldn't remember the last time I was sick. I spoke too soon.
It started with a virus -- sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue. Then the head cold moved in, followed by the cough. For 7-10 days, it was nasty business. I saw the CRNP at my primary care provider's office. She diagnosed me with bronchitis and a sinus infection. I went through 10 days of a 14 day prescription of Clarithromycin (NASTY antibiotic) and Albuterol. I'm allergic to penicillin, so it's always a struggle. After 7 days, she tossed Nasonex into the mix. I had to stop the antibiotic after 10 days due to major stomach distress and other unpleasantness.
A week later, it was back with a vengeance. I saw the Physician Assistant at my workplace (because I couldn't see my doctor or the CRNP). He prescribed Doxycline, recommended I also take a probiotic, and for me to continue with the Nasonex & Albuterol. Four days later, it was even WORSE. So I called the doctor's office. Neither my doctor or the CRNP were available but I saw another doctor in the practice.
She suggested the only thing holding off pneumonia at that point was the Doxycycline. She prescribed to continue with the probiotic, doxy, mucinex, albuterol, nasonex,and she added a 5-day prescription of prednisone. That upset me, but today will be day 3 of that (I take 2 20mg pills with dinner) and I have to admit, I'm feeling some better. I've also been using my Nasopure (modern day neti pot) in the shower every day.
HOWEVER, I woke up early this morning and took my blood sugar ... AND IT WAS 258 !!!!!!!!!!!!!! That totally stresses me out. The doctor warned me the prednisone would elevate my blood sugar, but this is scary.
I was terminated from the 10 week student trainer program (with only 2 weeks remaining) because I'm not fit to exercise. For the past month, the workouts have been pretty ineffective because of my ongoing sickness and sporadic at best. I know, I have to be patient and kick this thing. That also means I'll have to start all over with my couch to 5k training and won't make the 5k on June 8. All very disappointing to me.
So I've basically been miserable for over a month, I'm gaining weight, I'm on all of the meds described above PLUS my regular meds (metformin, pravastatin, lisinopril).
I am feeling very discouraged, losing my patience with this whole sickness thing, and I very much dislike taking all these meds. I also don't want to end up in the hospital. DD is moving in less than 2 weeks and I really can't be sick. It's my busiest time of the year at work. It's spring and I want to be outside moving around.
I feel like I'm going lose my mind!
Thanks for allowing me to vent, friends. I could really use some encouragement. I know many of you have experienced struggles far greater than mine.