Chapter 1: In urgent care
I’m writing this late at night while I sit in the waiting room of my closest Urgent Care.
The Hubster has been sick with a high fever, chills, cough, runny nose - all the nasty things you hear about with the flu. So, when I started feeling the same symptoms I knew I better visit Urgent Care - fast! This was NOT something that could wait until morning.
The Hubster's doesn't have asthma, but I do (and our 3 adult children do too). So any cold or flu is MUCH worse on our lungs than “normal people’s” lungs.
I’m in for a rough ride! It’s only been a few hours since my symptoms started, and my lungs are already on fire. I started out with a scratchy throat at lunch and my lungs started to hurt. Since I was sick last week, I thought there was NO way I could be getting sick again. I used my inhaler and headed home. As the night wore on, it started to feel like my lungs were on fire. So I used my nebulizer since they hurt so much and felt tight.
For me, I use my nebulizer when I'm sick or have a really bad asthma attack. My lungs feel so tight, that I can't breathe in enough to use an inhaler. It's really up to each person to decide which is better - an albuterol inhaler or a nebulizer treatment.
So, now I wait to be seen in the Urgent Care. I'm worried because my lungs don’t usually hit the “on fire” stage until day 3 or 4. I got there in 8 hours today.
I better fasten my seat belt and put my tray in its upright position, because it’s going to be a bumpy flight!
Why the urgency? I’m hoping to get on an anti viral tonight and avoid the nasty complications - like pneumonia (or death.) Since Middle Son was in ICU twice as a child and came close to dying, I know that death is a possibility for some people. And after all the news stories of other people dying, I'm pretty nervous!
And here I am, sick again - and in Urgent Care.
Chapter 2: Pneumonia?
And now I’m at the 24-hour pharmacy. Good thing I went to Urgent Care. The Doc said he could already hear pneumonia starting in my lungs - 8 hours after I started with a little tickle in my throat. Woah! I had a flu shot this year, so I am hoping that will give me some protection.
I’m waiting to get an anti-viral, an antibiotic (take that you nasty pneumonia!) and another oral steroid. I'm am SO glad that I listened to my body and came to Urgent Care.
When I left the house, The Hubster was surprised to see me put my shoes on and asked where I was going. I told him Urgent Care. He said, " Are you sure you need to go?"
I told him, "Oh yeah, something is really wrong."
Trust your instinct. If you feel like something is wrong and you need to go to Urgent Care - GO!!! You know your body and when something is wrong.
Anyone else having "fun" at Urgent Care? Or "fun" with the flu?
Have asthma inhalers affected your dental health?