Whooping cough? Are you kidding me?
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Three weeks later and after three doctor appointments in the past 6 days, I'm still sick. After yesterday's appointment, the doctor is suspicious that I have whooping cough. For some reason that just cracks me up--I guess because that would be so typical. If it isn't whooping cough, it is just a bad case of bronchitis that just seems to be taking it's own sweet time in going away. I am now on prednisone and a stronger cough syrup with codeine (lots of sleep!) and hoping that wellness is just around the corner. I will find out hopefully today what the blood test shows. They couldn't do the usual nasal swab as I had been crying (my usual reaction to frustration and not feeling very good) and they didn't know how a sniffly nose would affect the test. I basically can't go anywhere today (not that there is anywhere I want to go) as I could be contagious. Evidentally Central Texas is having a huge outbreak of whooping cough. So I guess we'll see what transpires from all of this!
I've been laying down all day and have found that I don't cough very much resting, but as soon as I start talking or have to get up for any reason (anything that takes more lung function) I start coughing. So right now, I don't feel too bad. But I have to go to the bathroom and make some hot tea with honey, so I'm trying to map a route out that will take the least amount of time and air!
Because of being sick, I haven't been able to exercise really at all. After getting my Wii, I was able to play a little tennis (I suck), baseball (too funny), and bowling (used to be an excellent bowler with a high game of 214, but now lucky to break 100) but I'm still waiting for my Wii Fit Plus with The Biggest Loser bundle package. It should be shipped within the next couple of weeks. So I've mostly been playing Family Feud, Deal or No Deal, and Price is Right. I just ordered a couple of other games (Sims Castaway and Titanic) as I love those games where you have to find clues and objects in order to advance in the game.
For some reason, I have not been good at all in keeping track of my food, etc. I haven't gained any weight, thank goodness, but I'm trying to get inspired again. Of course, being sick doesn't help. I am proud to say that I haven't indulged in ice cream (usually I use the sick-excuse to eat ice cream!) and I somehow managed to walk past the girl scout cookie stand in front of the Walgreens yesterday when filling out my new prescriptions. I am too fearful of gaining my weight back, so I can't even go there, as much as I would love those thin mints and the peanut butter sandwich cookies. My indulgence has been those Swedish Fish, which I love, but they are not too bad calorie-wise, and they are fat-free. Definitely better than ice cream and girl scout cookies! But I'm really only eating soup and drinking juice, so I should be fine. My size 16 jeans have been getting a little baggy, so I have just ordered some new size 14 (!!!) capris for spring. So as soon as I start feeling better, I have got to get on the ball. I haven't felt much like reading, so I haven't really even started the new Spark book.
Anyway, that has been my life recently. I don't mind boring, but I don't like sick. The weather has been pretty cold for this area, so it hasn't been too bad having to stay inside. I just somehow need to get the push needed to get me back to logging onto sparkpeople everyday again. I just don't know what happened for me to stop doing that all the time, and I know I need to keep track of my food, especially when I start feeling better. I guess I will worry about that when I do start to feel better...
***I've done some research online today (considering I've not been able to do much else and can lay on my couch with my laptop) and have found that whooping cough isn't as dangerous for adults as it is for children, especially if you had the DPT vaccine as a child. They say that a lot of adults actually get whooping cough, but it is misdiagnosed as a URI since the symptoms are exactly the same and adults don't usually make the whooping noise associated with it. Evidentally it doesn't take direct contact to contract; someone can just cough or sneeze into the air and you can inhale that and get it.