Wednesday, November 18, 2009

at home with bronchitis

After a week of dealing with a stubborn, nasty cough, I resigned to the fact (and my parents' pressure) that it wasn't getting any better and headed to Sloan's Urgent Care Center (or emergency room) last night after work.

An x-ray of my chest and blood were taken. To my surprise, my x-xray was clean. And my blood counts were normal. Based upon my symptoms (sore throat, persistent cough, runny nose, moments of heavier breathing) and the absence of fluid on the x-ray which is associated with pneumonia, bronchitis was the diagnosis.

The attending nurse admonished me for waiting so long to get this checked. No more than three days, he told me. With my history, such a problem should be addressed much earlier.

The admonishment didn't end there. I received more of the same when I returned home at about midnight.

I'm not afraid of going to the doctor. That clearly isn't an issue for me. A mix of stubbornness and misplaced hope is where I went wrong, however. With this new job, I really didn't want to miss any work or time used to prepare for it seeing a doctor, so I rested on the stubborn hope that my body would heal itself in a reasonable time. But, with others around me getting sick with the flu or flu-like illnesses, I realized that I shouldn't play around any longer, especially since I'm still immunsuppressed.

Lying down on the hospital bed waiting for my medications to come from the pharmacy, I was disappointed in myself. Remembering how Alese and other friends suffered from pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, I was saddened by my own hubris.

I've been advised to stay home for at least the next two days. The doctor said I should begin to feel better by Thursday or Friday.

I was given "Z-Pack" (Azithromycin), an antibiotic, and Tamiflu, a prophylactic against any potential viral infections.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

good news that it is "just" bronchitis and can be treated at home. next time please seek help sooner.
no need to admonish yourself -spend the energy on getting better and eat lot's of chicken soup. it really helps.
feel better soon

2:12 PM  
Comment Blogger missingheart said...

I hope you feel better soon! Take the next couple of days to just relax. With a new job, you probably need it!

-Sarah and Scott

11:47 PM  
Comment Blogger Jess said...

I hope you feel better soon! Don't be too hard on yourself. Urgent Care is one of the last places anyone would want to be!

Take care of yourself this weekend!

6:24 PM  
Comment Anonymous erin and zach said...

Feel better Duane! Been thinking of you!

4:21 AM  

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