Monday, 7 December 2009

Out of Action

My silly virus took a turn for the worse last Monday. Well actually, the Doctor thinks I caught another virus on top of the one I already had. So I have been very poorly all week.

Doctors are amazing people aren't they? The one I spoke to on Tuesday was able to listen to my chest with his stethoscope down the phone line! He couldn't hear any wheezing so he said I should stay at home and let the virus run it's course, but to ring back if it got any worse. It did get worse, and I did ring back - four times this week actually - and each time I have been told that they can't do anything because it's viral but to ring back if it gets worse!

So now, on top of the muscle pains, swollen glands, sore throat, blocked sinuses and chesty cough, I also have blocked ears and a perforated eardrum and I can hardly hear a thing. But they can't do anything because it's a virus! (Edit: Add to that an upset tummy, and now laryngitis from coughing so much. Scott has got worse again now too and keeps throwing up) :(

I have trouble understanding the difference between a viral and bacterial infection. I understand that my aches and pains are viral, and even my cough and sinus trouble could be viral, but how is discoloured mucus viral?? I'm not a doctor, but surely there is a point where illness passes from viral to bacterial?

So anyway, I'm obviously out of action. I didn't go to class last week and I won't be going this week either. This week is the last class until January, so no goblets until then :( I shall have to postpone my girlie night anyway because it's less than a week away and I still feel like deaf I mean death. I can't even watch telly cos I can't hear it! So how bored do you think I am, just watching the clock until it's time for my next dose of pain killers?

8 comments:

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

Sorry you're so sick. It really sounds to me like you need to be seen. If you have an ear infection you really need antibiotic. I was sick for 11 days. I'm still coughing really bad, but at least I'm feeling better.

Undaunted said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for popping in. I agree with you, I'd like to be seen just to put my mind at rest if nothing else. But although I've been sick for a long time, I suppose it's only been 8 days since the "new" virus. I'm glad you're feeling better now. I like how you call it H1N1 on your blog - I don't believe it started in swine at all.

JafaBrit's Art said...

oh no, poor thing. I know how you feel. I am on the mend, but still fighting poor breathing and resulting fatigue. I am being a sloth and taking things very slow and resting as much as possible.

Hope you feel better soon, get lots of rest liquids.

Undaunted said...

Thank you Jafabrit. We're not up to much either. Just sleeping when we can and somehow muddling through together to cook meals. The place looks like a bomb site! I know my sisters would help, but I'm not inviting anyone in and risk infecting them with this!

Angela Finney said...

Oh! So Sorry. That is worrisome. Did they give you a blood test for H1N1? I certainly hope you feel better soon.

Undaunted said...

Thank you Angela. No, they're not doing blood tests anymore, because they were getting overloaded. They just diagnose over the phone! As if that's even possible. We haven't been told one way or the other if they think it's H1N1 but when we called we had been ill too long already to have antiviral medication. Is "H1N1" a US thing? Everyone calls it "swine flu" here.

mona said...

Okay it seems so wrong to diagnose over the phone. And I'm sorry there is no way he can hear if it's in your chest over the phone. Anyway take it slow and I hope you feel much better soon.

Undaunted said...

I totally agree Mona. I wasn't sure if my sarcasm about these amazing doctors came across in my post or not! Thank you for your well wishes.