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They finally got me

I have been suffering symptoms of a cold for many many weeks now. No fever but a lot of mucous and coughing and occasional sneezing. Last night I had trouble sleeping because I was coughing so much. So after getting up at 4:30 a.m. I decided to go to a doctor.

I decided on a place I hadn't gone before, because I'd heard good things about it. It's a clinic, an urgent care center. There is hardly anything urgent about fixing what's wrong with me, of course, but the term is used loosely, is my guess.

Allergies. At the age of 59 I finally succumbed. Damn it. Now I have a prescription for an inhaler and samples of a nasal spray and zyrtec (to take at night). I go back in a week to see how things are going. The guy said he wouldn't say it's asthma - yet.

I am taking these things. I want to feel better. But I am on the lookout for other ways to approach this. My suspicion is that these drugs, like so many others, may eventually make me more dependent on them than I would be if I never started on them. I have absolutely no evidence of this. I am only going by gut feeling and a sense of what works for humans, and knowledge about other drugs. When I see the population becoming increasingly sensitive to the environment it makes me ask why? And what can we do about it besides taking drugs? So this is one of those rare times when I am receptive to suggestions!

Oh, and the clinic was terrific! I was a walk-in, yet I was out of there in little over an hour. Not a bad record for places like this. It cost, of course, but I think it was worth it because I feel I was well-treated and analysed.

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jackiejj
Jun. 21st, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Not asthma! Get well soon. Think positive thoughts.
attelage
Jun. 22nd, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Hope it's a mild case of allergies.

I suffer from allergies and take nothing. When I mow, I wear a mask. I drink lots of water and do antioxidents and try and keep my immune system tough.

My asthma is another story. When it is under control I don't take anything but I do have to use Advair inhaler daily thanks to the problem at my last job. The Albuteral inhaler I only use when I have a sudden severe attack and seriously can't breathe...that is fucking scary, let me tell you. I am so glad to have the Abuteral to save me.
Here's to our good health and may it be the best it can be!
judith
Jun. 22nd, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
My inclination is to take nothing. I am taking these meds now mainly because this has gone on so long that my bronchial tubes have shrunk (or whatever the term is!). I am thinking that once I get back to normal I can go back to trying to develop a natural resistance. I am not sure if there is a recommended program to do that.

My sense is that using these products will actually increase my sensitivity because they won't give me a chance to face up to the allergens and develop immunity. The word is out that when children who are sensitive to animals actually play with dogs and cats, over time their symptoms are much milder than if they are kept away from them. So my theory is that I should be able to develop a greater tolerance for the allergens. Also, my reading on poison oak follows that path - a person becomes sensitive to poison oak and with each exposure becomes more sensitive until there is a climax point and after that they gradually lose that sensitivity. Some of us will never live long enough to lessen that sensitivity for poison oak, but I'm thinking it could happen with these milder allergens.
thesliver
Jun. 22nd, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hayfever, it has me too, although my migraine the other day last week I ascribe to atmospheric pressure.

I was built for the last Ice Age, big nose and all, not for the coming meltdown.
judith
Jun. 22nd, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
I take a small amount of comfort in knowing that the environmental factors where I live are at least natural ones. Pollen, wind...

I too do not look forward to more unnatural climate change, however.
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