Well, at last I feel like a less sick person. Last Saturday was the beginning of a swift downward trend. I developed (and didn't know it) a fever and a whalloping case of bronchitis. The tightness of my chest and difficulty breathing AND the 7/24 coughing took me to the Dr. and luckily I was granted an appt. on that very day, a Monday. I went in person with laryngitis and lots of notes to explain why I was there. I got a Z-Pac and a certain cough suppressor. Don't want to say its name here what with the troll engines and all. The cough suppressant did NO discernible good AT all. Or so I thought until I did without it one night and the coughing was the worst ever.
I have three thermometers and none told me I had a fever. I kept taking my temp and it was always below normal. I was sweating, like a cold sweat sorta, and fanning myself even tho the house temp was 72. Still, the 3 thermometers tricked me into thinking I was sweating for no good reason, until I begged again in person at the Dr.s office for another Dr. appt. as I was getting worse, not better. Granted. At 1330 I got my own Dr. this time. And I had my temp taken where it was not taken on Monday. 100 degrees. Still it showed me I had 2 new and one older lying thermometers!
He said indeed I had bronchitis, listened to my chest and could tell the intense tightness and prescribed the steroid pack wherein you take 6 the first day and then one less each day until the end of the dose. I took my six at 1600..and I will tell you my bronchial passages opened enough to allow some really loud and impressive productive (not tight any more) coughing and even a bit less. I sat up to sleep bolt upright in bed with four thick pillows and had a decent night for the first time in a week just about.
I am still sweating but at least I know why. The Z- Pac runs out after today's dose. No idea how long the low grade fever will remain. OR if I will be infectious until it is done. I forgot to ask.
Left the keys in the door all night. *smacks forehead*. Felt horrible when I got home and just didn't think.
Sorry for the litany. At least I feel decent enough to write the litany. :-)