Two weeks ago, I started with a dry cough. After my bout with pneumonia, I watched it closely. By the middle of the week, I felt wrecked. Body aches, stuffy nose, sore throat, ear ache, etc. I called my doctor but they had no appointments until the following day. My goal was to return to work, so I went to Urgent Care (at my doctor’s office recommendation). I was told I had an Upper Respiratory Infection, pharyngitis, and bronchitis and was given an antibiotic. The doctor advised me to take another day off along with the weekend to recuperate. I did. I returned to work and struggled with speaking. I’m a speech language pathologist. My job IS to talk and help others to communicate clearly. As an SLP, I know what vocal abuse is and I was abusing my poor vocal cords non-stop. Tuesday was an inservice day, so no students, and decreased need to talk, but still a tough day. By Wednesday, I was really sick. I canceled my evening clients and went home to sleep. The following day, I called my doctor and miracle of miracles, they fit me in. My infection had progressed to include a full blown sinus infection and a throat infection that included blisters all down the back of my throat. All I knew is that I felt like I had razors in my throat. Apparently, antibiotic #1 didn’t work. My doctor recommended another antibiotic along with a short burst of high dose steroids, and magic mouthwash. Disgusting, but helped a lot. This new care plan helped me much more than the previous one. I was hopeful I’d be up and around quickly, but sadly, I had to take two more days off of work.
Three days later and I am still wiped out, but my voice is finally back. Not my normal voice, yet, but I can eat and drink with only minor irritation. I had to miss a college reunion luncheon and a friend’s 50th birthday party, which makes me extra grumpy.
Getting sick, while being sick is simply the worst. My brain fog intensifies, body aches intensify from fevers, and I just feel like sleeping all the time. My new drug is known to lower my immune system and sore throats/ infections are a side effect. It makes me so very nervous. If this continues to happen, I will have to try something else. I do think this biologic drug is working for me. Let’s hope I get to continue to stay on it. For right now, I’ll probably be skipping my next dose until I am completely recovered. This has been a really rough patch and I want to be healthy before starting back.
I hope every one is doing well! Wash those hands and take care of yourselves!