28 February 2011

Health Update

A little over five weeks after my "cold" started, I was diagnosed with bronchitis.  A couple of weeks after that, I called a friend of mine who is a doctor and asked for a second opinion.  He thought I might actually have an adenovirus.  He asked me to call him in a week or so if I wasn't feeling any better.

I didn't call him back because I started feeling better, even though I was still coughing a little.  But in the past few days, I've started coughing more and I'm still feeling crappy.  So I called him again today.  Today's theory is that I may have pertussis (more commonly known as whooping cough) or RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

He started me on a course of antibiotics, which is an absolute last-resort for me (he knows I absolutely hate abx of any kind), just in case it IS pertussis.  He also wants me to use my home nebuliser three times a day.  And I have some Tessalon perles to take to help prevent the coughing.  We made an appointment for Thursday, and if I'm better by then, I can cancel.


  1. RSV is SO crappy!! I used to work in Mott Children's Hospital (Univ. of Mich.)
    and they fought a constant battle. I have a wonky immune system (spleen removed when young) and I too avoid abx until absolutely needed. May you get better quickly!!!

  2. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  3. I hope the abx works. Now I am afraid of babies....