Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

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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