“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Four weeks of allergic bronchitis has finally caught up with me. 

It became obvious even to me on Wednesday that it was time to seek medical assistance.  This is a huge admission.  When you work in the medical field, you view doctors with a level of suspicion akin to that attributed to car mechanics.   You just KNOW they are going to run too many expensive tests to tell you what you know anyway and recommend fixes that outstrip your pocketbook.  The diagnostics are even frighteningly similar.

The verdict?  Either I have pleurisy or a fractured rib (from the coughing).  She’s treating me for the pleurisy.  Why?  Because you can’t do anything about the rib.  (Welcome to the real-life version of House.)

Oh.  And I needed a flu shot.  Because I have a son in that cesspool alternatively named daycare.

So I get a shot in my arm, a shot in my hip, and no less than FIVE prescriptions designed to empty my wallet.   I filled them all, except the $60 cough syrup.  I am simply not coughing $60 worth.

Among the array of drugs in the bag handed back to me by the pharmacist is a one-week course of steroids to reduce the inflammation in my lungs.  Which, would be dandy, except for one little problem.

Steroids suppress the immune system.

And how do vaccinations work?

By stimulating the immune system.

Thus, to cure my lungs, I must render my flu shot worthless.

So, the lesson for today is:

 If you put your trust in someone with four years of medical school and a prescription pad, don’t forget to read the labels.

Just in case.

(I have to say, the narcotic painkillers, however, are quite nice.)

October 26th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
8 Responses to “How did this elephant get on my chest, and how do I get him off?”
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    Suz Says:

    Wow. I NEVER would have known about the steriods and the Flu shot. Guess mine is down the drain, too. (I was taking steriods for Poision Ivy at the time).

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    magpie Says:

    Huh. Catch 22.

    My pediatrician recommended AGAINST a flu shot for my kid last year and the year before, despite her being in daycare. So I never got one either. Are they wanting you to have a flu shot because of the allergies??

  3. 3
    M&Co. Says:

    Bummer. Hopefully your arm doesn’t hurt as much as mine.

  4. 4
    Kat Says:

    Ooh. Nasty.

    Pleurisy is the main reason I don’t holler much any more. Had it three years ago. Yuck.

    Good luck.

  5. 5
    Will Says:

    You’re kinda sicky, ain’t cha? Seems I don’t hardly ever open up this blog without readin’ about you trying to cough up an organ.

    Will

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    b*babbler Says:

    Pleursy. Seriously? I thought that was like gout – a sickness that existed only in Dickens novels or something.

    Hope you get better soon!

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    Stephanie Says:

    Wow. I had heard that you were sick, but didn’t know you were that bad off! I hope you start feeling better soon. ~hugs~

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    Steph Says:

    Hope you feel better soon!