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Sick of Being Sick

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I woke up yesterday with my throat hurting so badly. It felt swollen, and I just felt terrible. There isn't a time I could remember my throat hurting so much, except for when I was younger and used to get strep throat and tonsillitis. When I was 21, I finally had my tonsils removed. I should have had it done as a child, but my parents never carried insurance on us, and we already had so many Dr. bills that couldn't be paid, so it never got done until I was an adult and had my own job with coverage.

For weeks now, I've been sick off and on. I have people telling me it's all sorts of things, but I don't know why this is happening. All I know is I am tired of feeling like crap.

At the very beginning of June, I had a head cold. Nothing major, but I didn't feel well for a few days. My body felt tired, I had a scratchy throat and runny nose for a few days and then I was better. We went on our trip in the middle of June, and at the end of that first week, I caught something. My throat was sore, but this time instead of a runny nose I had a ton of chest congestion and was coughing a lot. I would have a coughing fit that would make me feel like I'd pass out I was coughing so hard. It took me more than a week to get better. The cough got gradually better each day.

Even though I'd felt better after about a week or so, I still didn't feel 100%. For weeks my energy level has been lower than it normally is, and I figured it was due to being sick, traveling, and the bouts of insomnia I sometimes get. This last week, I felt pretty good and resumed my normal workouts. I noticed though that when I ran or worked out, it seemed way harder than usual, like I couldn't breathe as well. It was frustrating.

Thursday afternoon my throat felt scratchy, and I thought, "There is no way I can be getting sick again!" Well, I was wrong.

Yesterday morning I called the Doctors' office and they were able to get me in at 11:30. The Dr. I saw asked me a lot of questions, and I told him about what was going on. I'd told him about how we all had a cough at the cottage we stayed at, and some people said it could have been mold. He said that it was definitely possible that mold or something there irritated my lungs and when your lungs are irritated you are more likely pick up viruses and your body doesn't fight them off as well because of the irritation in the lining.

He listened to my lungs, and looked at my throat, ears and in my nose, and thinks it's viral, because with strep you'd normally have a fever and often white spots in the throat. He thinks that I could also be having allergy symptoms on top of all this, because we've had an unusual amount of rain here, and he said he's seen many patients with complains of stuffy noses or coughs due to a higher grass pollen count, and mold. He said that he believes mine is also a virus since I get sick and it gradually seems to get better, and because at the beginning I have body aches and fatigue, and my glands in my neck are swollen.

So, he gave me a steroid inhaler I am supposed to use twice a day for 2 weeks. He also gave me a nasal spray to see if that helps in case it is some sort of allergen, which could be causing a sore throat also. If I am not better by then, he said they might do chest x-rays, but he said they didn't sound bad enough at this point to do them. Since my lungs are irritated, anything where I am exercising hard is going to aggravate it, so I can't until I am better. I hate getting off my normal schedule, but it's obvious my body needs rest. I was thankful he gave me samples instead of writing a prescription, that way I didn't need to go to the pharmacy or pay any extra money.

Jeff has been sick too, with a terrible cough, although for the last few days he feels better. I think I caught what he has, and now Aidan, our 9 year old boy is sick. :( He's got something different maybe, because he has a fever, which we didn't have, and he threw up this morning. It seems that everyone is sick lately! I went all fall and winter and didn't get sick, and now I've been sick constantly. My kids weren't sick much at all this year. Aidan even got perfect attendance.

Yesterday, Jeff was off, so he was here to help out. He had to work today, but was home early, at 1:30, so I am able to rest. I've just been sitting on the couch. I have no idea why, but it's SO hard for me to just sit and do nothing. All day I am usually up and moving around, doing different things around the house. Sitting still for too long is hard for me. I hate feeling lazy.

I'm really hoping there isn't something more that's wrong with me. If I am not feeling a lot better soon, I am going to demand they run some tests on me to see what is wrong. Maybe I could have mono or something and not know it. Why else would I keep feeling sick when I eat well, exercise, take vitamins, etc?

One awesome thing about yesterday was when the nursed weighed me. She was entering my information into the computer system to update it and said, "Wow, you've lost some weight since last time you were here, and oh, wow! You've lost a lot since you first came here!" That made me feel good, because I was always so nervous going to see the Dr. because I knew they'd get on my case about gaining weight (or not losing any). She even told me I didn't look I needed to lose more weight. I wonder if she was just saying that to be nice or what. The Dr. congratulated me on my weight loss, and didn't tell me I needed to lose more, he just said it was awesome and unbelievable that I did it without surgery. Apparently they don't see someone too often who has lost over 100 pounds with no surgery. I plan on seeing my regular Dr. at some point soon to discuss my loose skin issues, and my anxiety and other things.

Jeff will be working the next 2 days, and it's going to be exhausting taking care of the kids with no help. I'll get through it, as always. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.S
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    I hope you feel better soon and the doctor can figure out what's wrong.
    1949 days ago
    Rest, drink fluids, and rest, rest!
    1949 days ago
    Hope you feel better soon.

    Keep up the good work and much success on your journey!

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    1950 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Homemade chicken soup can help with congestion and studies have proven it does have healing properties, besides it's very comforting. So make up a big batch with lots of carrots, onions, and celery, and chicken of course! Throw some turmeric in there as well, it helps the flavor and color and is good for what ails you. Garlic, too. If I could I'd make you a batch myself. Get well soon. emoticon
    1950 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon.
    1950 days ago
    I went through a very similar situation nearly two years ago. It wasn't until I got on the meds, especially the inhaler, that I recovered. So hang in there and get as much rest as you can. I know it's boring, I know you feel lazy and I know you are tired of it all. But I suspect you will get better with time and the right meds.

    take care.
    1950 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sorry to hear about You not feeling good at all for awhile. I hope this doctor has help and that You are on the road to complete recovery. Take Good Care of Yourself. Congratulations on Your 100+ Plus Weight Loss too. God Blessings to You, Your Family and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1950 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2013 12:13:25 AM
    I hope you feel better soon. Don't feel like you're being lazy. Your job now is to get well so you need to rest. We want you to be completely well. emoticon emoticon
    1950 days ago
    Wow, I sure hope you began to feel better soon!!! CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss!!!
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    1950 days ago
    I hope it gets better for you.
    1950 days ago
    I've been coughing a lot this summer too and my doctor also blames it on pollen and allergies. I've been lucky though and haven't had any of your other symptoms. Hope you feel better soon! Congratulations on losing over 100 pounds! That is fantastic!
    1951 days ago
    You are not alone, two people at the gym were feeling the same way. Blame it on the weather and mold. We stayed at a condo at the beach and you could see the mold in the air conditioning vents. What can you do after you get there? This bothers some people more than others.
    1951 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Seems like you have had a rough go of it. Hope you feel better soon!
    1951 days ago
    Hope you feel better soon! Stay strong! You will beat this!

    1951 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Hope you feel better soon and there is nothing better than hearing those sweet words of congrats from the healthcare team and being told you don't look like you need to lose more.
    Good luck with the virus, hope you get over it soon.
    1951 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Get well soon. My allergies and sinuses have been murder this year. Something irritates me and I literally cough until I throw up and then I feel fine until it hits again. Everywhere I've been has been having high pollen counts (at home) and very wet and damp with rain everyday (vacation). Sore throats go along with it too. Sorry it's hanging on so bad for you. Hope you get better real soon.
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    1951 days ago
    get well soon!
    1951 days ago
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    1951 days ago
    I sure hope yo get to the bottom of this. You're in my prayers.
    1951 days ago
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