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Sun, Jan. 8th, 2006, 03:28 pm

Friday night was more fun than usual. After a couple of days of being a bit wheezy (and thinking I had a cold) I plain old wasn't able to breathe at all and at about 2AM went to st vincent's A&D department. They did a chest X ray, a regular blood sample, an arterial blood sample (which hurts so much you wouldn't believe), an EKG and tested my oxygen levels. They all came back clear so they kept me on an oxygen mask and a nebuliser for about five hours and let me home around half seven. Either I have a slight viral infection (which the antibiotics they gave me should clear up) or I've developed asmath at the age of twenty eight (which the inhaler should help with). Either is equally possible and I should know in a week - if I'm still wheezy then its asmath, if not then the virus has gone. Option three is that because I've been idle and recovering for about a month now I've suffered some slight lung collapse through not using them fully, which would be aggravated by the virus or asmath. Its all very annoying and complicated.
Still, back to work on monday
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Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)

Oh they admitted they had no idea and that the antibiotics were just in case it was something virus-ey. I think they were just happy it wasn't a big old blood clot.
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Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)

Y'know, I thought that was the case alright but I wasn't about to question them after being awake and scared all night long. I suspected the new ones were a foul tasting placebo to be honest - either way I don't care so long as *something* works [1] :)

[1] This is the problem I have with critics of holistic medicine - saying that the whole thing is a placebo sort of ruins it for people who just need a goddamned placebo.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)

See, there's just so very much wrong with that sentence, and indeed their whole attitude if that's what they said.

I was initially comming to comment and correct on your assertion that "if it's a virus the antibiotics should take care of it, assuming you'd just got mixed up. I am now horrified that that appears to be what they actually did.

If it's a virus antibiotics aren't going to make a blind bit of difference. They don't work against viruses. If it's an unidentified bacterial infection, they might. But you should never give antibiotics on a just-in-case basis.

Christ, and people wonder why we're getting so many antibiotic-resistant strains of everything? Morons.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)

I *might* be mixed up - I'd been awake all night and somewhat freaked out after X rays and dealing with the possibility that it was something very serious. It did occur to me that Virus + Antibiotics = pointlessness but I wasn't about to argue.

I guess one way of looking at it is that the antibiotics will keep me from catching anything else while my system is weakened by recent events and
a) dealing with a virus
b) dealing with minor lung collapse.

I'm not mad about taking more antibiotics, but just this once, as a precautionary measure it doesn't seem so bad. Hell, the amount of the damned things I've been on in the last year, another week won't make a spit of difference to me now.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)

Asthma is weird. I developed it when I was about 28 too, but mine was specifically as a result of an extremely stressful working environment (no, I wasn't working down a mine or clearing asbestos or anything like that). I found myself in the middle of a civil war going on in the company where I worked between the two owners with me left as the bod who actually had to keep the business going whilst these two idiots spent their time plotting and planning new and exciting ways to snipe at each other. At the time the doctor just said "oh well, you've got asthma. We don't know why. Next please", and it was only after the conclusion of the civil war (one of the owners sold out to the other), when my asthma completely disappeared overnight that the cause became clear.

If it is asthma I'd recommend yoga (no, not Yoda, YOGA!). Not necessarily the "getting your foot around the back of your head" type of stuff, but the relaxation and breathing stuff. It really worked for me.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)

I'd be surprised to learn this was stress related - I suspect their explanation about slight lung collapse is more accurate, I've not been entirely idle for the last month but I've not been getting quite as much exercise as usual. I'm feeling a damned sight better at this stage anyway, so something must be working.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)

Of course, they did miss out the other obvious possibility, and that's that you have fur balls.

The less said about that the better....

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)

resolution #8 - stop licking myself.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)

If you find this one difficult you could always try wearing a lamp shade around your neck. Worked a treat for me.