I’ve been sick for a little over a week now and it’s getting worse. I started getting a scratchy throat about the beginning of last week and before I knew it, my lungs were getting tight. I was tested for asthma when I was a kid and was having a hard time catching my breath after playing soccer. My doctor said that I had a mild case of asthma and that it would be a good idea to keep an inhaler on hand, just in case.
I remember the day when I was about five or six years old and my grandma picked me up from the bus stop. My mom had gone to the hospital because of an asthma attack. It scared the crap out of me to see my mom hooked up to the heart monitor because I didn’t know what it was. All I saw were a bunch of wires coming out of my mom’s gown. Knowing that she had asthma made her get me tested. I’ve never had an asthma attack, but I am pretty sure that I’ve gotten close.
This cold that I have has been different from any that I have ever had. My nose never got stuffy until a few days ago. My lungs have just felt tight and burning. The coughing really started on Saturday and keeps getting worse. I had to work the whole day today because one of my co-workers called in sick, but I usually go into work and wait until they send me home. I always feel bad calling in sick so if I do, my co-workers know that I really don’t feel good.
As I write this, my throat is starting to feel like it is slowly getting ripped apart and I am short of breath. It feels like my inhaler has stopped working but I keep using it because I know it will help to keep my lungs open. I walk at half my pace and can’t catch my breath once I stop. I haven’t felt light-headed yet, but no matter how slow I am to get up, I get dizzy.
Today at work, I looked up the symptoms of bronchitis and I match most of the symptoms. To make matters worse, I can’t get in to see the doctor until Thursday. I just got all of my medical bills paid off and I have to get sick before I can save up some money in my Health Savings account. I’ve been around people who have pneumonia, the common cold and the stomach flu. God only knows what else I have been exposed to since I work around the public and money. You don’t want to know what is on money.
I think I’m going to go take a nice warm shower, take some meds and go to bed. I haven’t really been taking meds with this. It just seems like what ever I try, doesn’t work. I know rest is the best thing for me. I should have known that I was getting sick last week when I slept for 15 hours. I thought it was just exhaustion. Turns out I was wrong. I do regret not calling the doctor sooner. I always seem to wait until the last minute. What can I say? I don’t really trust the doctors around here. Oh well. Off to bed I go.