July 18, 2006
Another of my coworkers says that my cough has gone on for far too long and that I should ask the doctor if I have the Bubonic Plague. I've had a cough for 6 days now and it's going away. I really don't think it's time to dig out the hazmat suits just yet.
I realize that they just want me to stop sniffling and coughing, but enough is enough. I want them to go sit down and do their work.
I don't have a sinus infection. I don't have the Bubonic Plague. I don't have Bird Flu, SARS, West Nile Virus, Cancer, Tuberculosis, Viral Meningitus, or anything else.
Antibiotics will not help. Emergen-C will not help. Acupuncture will not help. Homeopathy will piss me off. And cleansing my aura by burning sage will just make everything stink.
It's just a cold and it's going away. In a few more days I will be completely fine again.
I appreciate all the concern but Team Flibby is moving on now. The next post (If I post about this again) will just be to say "See? I told you I would get better soon."
July 14, 2006
I haven't done much coughing today at all and my congestion is significantly reduced as well.
Robitussin is now my new most favorite thing ever.
I took it about 30 minutes ago and my cough is almost completely gone. I think if I went and blew my nose like a responsible adult, my congestion would be lots better, too.
I also took some tylenol for my headache and the day is getting to be tolerable.
Meanwhile, one of my coworkers keeps insisting that I go to the doctor. I am 100% certain that this is just a cold. What is the doctor going to do for a cold? If they prescribe antibiotics, they'll lose me as a patient. If they tell me to take some Robitussin and get lots of rest and fluids, then I will have wasted my time.
Seriously, folks, the doctor is great and all, but you don't just throw a doctor at every sniffle. Sometimes you just have to buckle down and infect everyone in the office with what you have because misery loves company.
July 13, 2006
Anyhow, many people (not doctors) have said that based on my symptoms, I might want to consider the notion that I have allergies.
I've never had allergies, but it's never too late to learn.
So, thinking this could be the case, I decided yesterday to try Claritin-D. After an hour or so yesterday, my sore throat seemed to be better and my nose wasn't running nearly as much. I still had a cough, though, and I developed a killer headache.
Last night, I didn't sleep well and I had much coughing and congestion.
Given that, I think it's safe to conclude that Claritin-D really isn't helping me. But then I started to worry about possible adverse side-effects on my blood pressure. As you know, I'm about to drop dead of a stroke any minute anyway, so I do not need medicine that will make it worse.
So, I did a litte Google and what I found was worst than I suspected. I've highlighted items of interest.
More common side effects may include:
Coughing, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, nervousness, sleepiness, sore throat
Less common or rare side effects may include:
Abnormal heartbeat, abnormal skin sensations, acne, altered taste sensation, altered tear production, back pain, breathing difficulties, chest pain, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), constipation, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, difficulty speaking, distended abdomen, earache, eye pain, facial swelling, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, flushing, frequent urination, gas, high blood pressure, inability to urinate, increased sputum production, increased sweating, indigestion, itching, leg cramps, migraine headache, mood disorders, movement abnormalities, muscle pain, muscle stiffness, nasal congestion, nervousness, nosebleed, painful menstrual periods, pneumonia, ringing in ears, sinus problems, swollen mouth, thirst, toothache, tremor, upset stomach, urinary tract infection, vaginal swelling, viral infections, vision problems, vomiting, weakness, weight loss, wheezing
And thus we learn an important lesson about just taking medicine without knowing what the problem really is.
Unfortunately, I have to wait 24 hours to get the Claritin-D out of my system before I can take real cold medicine, lest I suffer through some unfortunate drug interaction.
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