It’s Not A Cold

But it doesn’t appear to be pneumonia, either, so that’s good.

I have bronchitis.  Confusingly though, I was given a prescription for an antibiotic.  Antibiotic are recommended for pneumonia, but not bronchitis, so I’m guessing that this is part of the “be extra careful to prevent infection” that comes with taking a biologic medication.

Even better, I got to discuss with my doctor the circumstances in which I really need to phone, versus when it’s okay to use home remedies.  It’s difficult to discuss anything when talking makes me cough, so in this case “discuss” means that I typed my little half-sheet description of what’s going on, along with my question, and I was able to keep the speaking/coughing to a minimum.

There’s a prescription cough syrup, too.  It makes me sleepy and dizzy.  The above paragraphs were written earlier, before I’d taken any of the new medicines.  Now that I’ve taken the cough syrup, I keep staring at the screen and wondering if any of this makes sense.  So I think I’m done writing, and will go get some sleep.

There’s nothing like skipping a dose of Enbrel to illustrate just how well the medication was working.

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13 thoughts on “It’s Not A Cold

  1. Good thing you went to the doctor when you did. Years ago I had bronchitis and did end up with pneumonia. Take care of yourself. Nap then nap and just for good measure nap some more. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Thank goodness you went to the doc, Socks. Bronchitis can be a real bear, and really CAN turn into pneumonia (happened to me as a teen). Glad you’re treating it now, and resting. Feel much better soon! Sending patience and warmth your way. ;)

  3. Take good care. We’re all sending warm, healing thoughts your way. (And we’re proud of you for going to the doctor even when you didn’t want to!)

  4. :) Thank you.

    Yes, the fever is gone. No more SOB than normal. I’ve had pneumonia before, and that’s how my chest feels, but not how the cough feels, if that makes any sense at all. I’m glad I went to see my doctor.

    It was especially helpful to hear him say that I don’t need to call for every minor illness (regardless of the warnings that come with my prescriptions), and can use my judgement to determine when I should be seen. And, given my judgement, I should probably go in a couple days before I think I really need to ;)

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