Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my Meniere’s Disease, but I have the cold from hell, and I am about to whine. Feel free to move on to other blogs. I’m also probably going to get into a few graphic details that no one really needs to know about, so you should probably just stop reading now. It is enough for me to get this off my chest (since everything else is sitting on it right now).
Everyone knows that if you already have an “ailment” or two, adding something else to the mix is never good. Like adding vinegar to your hot chocolate – not really wanted. Like adding a cold to Meniere’s — never wanted.
A cold should just be a cold. But after two weeks, when you are still coughing up phlegm (sometimes throwing up), you are wearing incontinence pads because your little drops have turned into gushes, your ears are so plugged you consider borrowing your husbands hearing aids (or his drill), your cough is waking up the neighbours dogs, your back aches because you can’t lay down to sleep without coughing up a lung, brain fog has turned to smog, and your dizziness threatens to turn into vertigo at any moment, it’s time to go to the doctor.
Of course, that is when I find out he is on holidays. Not that it matters, since he’s relatively new to me anyway, but you know, when you are feeling down, it’s just one more thing to complain about. I chose to go see his replacement. Then I worried about spreading whatever I had, or being made to stand outside while my coughing fit scared away the pedestrians and other patients. As it turns out, I should just go sit in a doctor’s office for 45 minutes. Not a peep from my cough. The doctor, when finally seen, was great, even knew what Meniere’s was (although all she said was “I bet this is making your symptoms worse”. No shit! Anyway, she prescribed antibiotics, an inhaler, and told me if I wasn’t a lot better in 48 hours, to make an appointment with my own doctor next week. I could have kissed her. I was going to get better – in only 48 hours! I may have only heard what I wanted to hear.
Moving on. Why do I read the warning labels on drugs??? Both may cause stomach upset…which was already not good from all the dizziness, the painkillers, the cough candies, and the cough syrup which I had tried. Then the kicker….both read “may cause dizziness”. Why the hell would a doctor give me something that is going to worsen an already existing condition??? I don’t even know what to say about that. And that inhaler….I always have a coughing fit after using it – nobody mentioned that! Hard coughing with Meniere’s is always a dizziness inducer for me….now it’s a spins inducer. Not pleasant.
But it doesn’t matter, it’s now been 96 hours (48 hours of course was on a Saturday), and there hasn’t been a noticeable change, so I’m waiting for an appointment with my own doctor…..
I know I’ll get better. I’m just frustrated, and need to vent. I will survive this “common summer cold”. Hope everyone out there is having a good day….or for some, at least part of a good day! Take what you can get.