Health update?

"Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases - As ...

“Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases – As Dangerous as Poison Gas Shells”. U.S. Public Health ad on dangers of Spanish Flu epidemic during World War I. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sitting here wondering why they call it an update, when it feels much more like a downdate to me.  Not a lot of change for me as far as my ability to move and breathe at the same time.  Still coughing uncontrollably with the least little activity.  It still hurts to breathe.  But, hey…there is some good news in all of this doom and gloom.  No sign of cancer.  I hadn’t mentioned that possibility to anyone…guess I was falling back on the defense of if you don’t talk about it, don’t acknowledge it, it isn’t real.  Silly, yes.  Childish, yes.  Ostrich-like, yes.  But…but…that’s often how I dealt with bad things in my life.  It’s not the most effective coping mechanism, but at least in this instance, it turned out okay.  So don’t jump all over me and tell me that I should have handled it differently, that’s for another day.

I’ve never smoked (something that every doctor I’ve seen since this began has asked me), but I did grow up in a household with heavy smokers.  And this was back in the day when folks didn’t think a thing about smoking in an enclosed space with their kids breathing every bit of that second-hand smoke in.  So, has that affected my lungs?  Who knows?

The labs came back okay.  Most things were normal to good.  They said there was evidence of whooping-cough infection, but that I didn’t have it now.  I’m not sure what that really means, I should probably do a little research on that.  Anyhow, with no clear-cut diagnosis, my doctor scheduled an appointment with a pulmonary specialist for next week.  There has to be something wrong that they can uncover…right???  There’s got to be some reason why I can’t breathe, why I’m still coughing to the point of pain.  Hopefully we’ll get some answers next week.

In the meantime, I’m feeling pretty drugged out.  I couldn’t even tell you how many different medications I’m taking right now.  I did take the time to print out a schedule of what to take when, so the fuzziness in my brain won’t cause me to miss a dose or take an extra one (hey, I have good ideas every once in a while).  My step-sister sent me a message on facebook yesterday and told me I had to get better soon so we could have my birthday lunch.  When I read that, my first thought was when was my birthday…oh, ha, hasn’t happened yet.  See what I mean?  That can’t be a good thing.

I’m just going to hope that we get some answers next week and can come up with a treatment plan that finds me outside gardening and walking in the woods in the next couple of months.