Thursday, June 21, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Strep and its side effects
Being sick in the summer time is just not right. So, naturally, several in my house are sick.
A week or so ago, Meredith, with her brand new driving license, drove herself to the doctor to be diagnosed with strep throat.
Mere’s mom and our daughter Dana is a pediatric nurse and neither one of the girls ever has a regular sickness. Headaches are brain cancer, stomachaches are appendicitis and so on. I can’t say much about it, because as a grandmother, I’m about as bad as the pediatric nurse.
Mere was pretty sick for a couple days, then was really cranky for a couple more and now is pretty much back to normal.
Which means that it’s my turn. I was so sick Saturday and Sunday that we ran out of milk in the house because I could not have driven to the store, let alone gone grocery shopping.
My throat hurt, my body hurt, my head hurt, I couldn’t swallow, I was either burning up with fever or freezing. I felt too bad to play solitaire on the computer! I felt too bad to sew!
Monday morning I wasn’t the only sick one in the office, although I think I was the only one running fever.
Barry, the editor, never complains about feeling bad and is very rarely actually sick.
Monday, he mentioned a couple times that he felt bad. Really bad. I’m sure I felt worse than he did, but since he doesn’t complain, I tried to keep my complaints to a minimum -- once an hour or so, instead of a constant litany of symptoms.
A healthy dose of antibiotics Monday contributed to a fever free night and Tuesday, I felt better. Not a lot, but at least I wanted to live, not just lie down and whine and moan.
I made the mistake of Googling strep throat. Wikipedia has rather graphic photos of what a throat with strep looks like and I didn’t enjoy those photos at all.
Then, I read about the complications. Oh boy.
Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, toxic shock syndrome, and Panda syndrome. I had to look that one up also and discovered I’ve had that for years: obsessive-compulsive disorder, a “tic” disorder and, my favorite, “Tourette syndrome.”
So now, when I’m stumbling around the house because I feel so bad, and I kick my toe (again) I can blame the language on my strep throat?
I’ll have to let Mere know that Tourette’s is not a recommended side effect for her!
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