Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yet another infection

The day after my last entry (March 31) I awoke with a ticklish/scratchy feeling in my throat. Next day I was coughing and had a runny nose. 10 days later I was sitting in the waiting room of my primary care doc hoping to get squeezed into his busy schedule.

I had spent 10 days non-stop coughing. Day and night. I had almost developed 6-pack abs from all the effort, but that was the only redeeming factor in the plight that had seemed destined to become a way of life.

I'm one of these people who believe that "this too shall pass" and tend to wait out things like head colds hoping to rough it through the tough spots. But after 10 days of no sleep and barely being able to take a breath due to the coughing fit that inevitably resulted, I finally relented, suspecting an infection. Head colds don't last 10 days.

Doc saw me, listened to my chest and back, and told me it was Allergic Rhinitis which had become a sinus infection. Coughing was brought about by post nasal drip. (ewww)

I got a 5 day course of Zithromax and a script for some allergy meds, but I opted to take Benadryl instead since I know how that makes me feel. (I'm skeert to take any new meds that might make me feel dopy[er] so I usually tough it out with nothing).

But I tell you what... no cough drop or cough syrup touched my cough in all that time, yet 15 min after I took a half of my kid's melt in your mouth Benadryl strip (a quarter dose for someone my size/age) I was breathing free and my lungs could relax a little. Now 5 days after beginning the antibiotics I am back to being perfectly normal (as a oddball like me can be).

I guess this means I now have Seasonal Allergies? Nobody mentioned it, but what else could it be?

I can't believe it's been this long since I posted anything (sorry) but honestly, my life has become quite boring and Fingolimod isn't making any news.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not taking the fact that I haven't relapsed yet lightly. I still marvel on a daily basis that my body is acting normally and not shorting out.

OMG I just realized it has been TWO YEARS this month since my last relapse!!! Woohoo!! I mentioned it somewhere the other day that I hadn't relapsed in 20 months but it was definitely April of 07, so that means 24 mos. a.k.a. 2 YEARS! It's the longest I have gone since diagnosis. For real. wow.

No news is good news and you can't get much better than that. :-)


  1. No news, in this case, is magnificent news! Just be careful if you have to go to the doc again, and tell him about the Benadryl. That way, he won't alter any scrip to take into account the one you didn't take, right?

  2. Oh yeah, heh. Didn't think about that. Thanks!

    I'm all cleared up and don't think I'll be needing to go back but you make a great point.

    On a side note, the stuff he Rx'd me isn't available any longer so I need to at least let him know that.


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