Mary Flemming


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Health & Fitness > The Respiratory Crud

The Respiratory Crud

It hit me last tuesday. The achy, fever feeling. It continued to get worse. My doc is about a half hour drive and I just couldn't do it. On Friday I finally went to a walk in clinic. I have to say although I was there for 3 hours, they were very thorough and sympathetic. I had a kind older woman as my doctor and she asked all kinds of questions. She pressed gently on my face feeling for tenderness and her cold hands were a welcome relief. She listened to my breathing and didn't like what she heard. With concern in her eyes she said she wanted a chest xray, which they could do right there.

The xray tech reminded me of a leprechaun, red curly hair, jovial attitude. He handed me a gown and said to undress only the top, put the gown on and try to tie it in the back. He seemed to have a smirk in his eye as he probably envisioned previous patients who could barely cover themselves, let alone tie the damn thing. I got it on, tied in the back and opened the door for him to come in. He look surprised as he said, you're all covered! LOL He asked me a few questions. Are you pregnant? No. When was your last period? December. So you are some kind of birth control. I giggled as I said, nope going through the change. He positioned me and did a scan, asking if I had chest xrays before. Many years ago. Oh, so when they still had the film. Ha ha on you my little leprechaun! He did another scan and then brought me over the to screen to see the results. One was a side view and I commented the picture really does add 10 pounds. He pointed out different things and I said it was just like an episode of House.

Back to the other room to wait for the doc. She had to call a radiologist. Great, I took out my book and started reading. She came back with the verdict, it wasn't pneumonia as she had thought. Bronchitis, strep throat, sinusitis and lung irritation. A prescription for antibiotics, nasal spray and an inhaler.

Still very congested, coughing and breathing problems. Might wait to see how I feel after returning to work tomorrow and then might have to call my doc for a follow up. And now Dakota has it! Tonights prediction of 3 to 5 inches of snow does not improve my mood. I am tired of laying around watching TV. Although I watched a good movie last night, Impossible. One family's story of surviving the Thailand tsunami. Very good movie.

As my back is now screaming at me for all the coughing, it's time to take some aleve.

posted on Mar 16, 2014 7:49 AM ()


Sorry sweetie. I know it is miserable. I just heard that NH is expecting
30 below windchill. Take good care of yourself and Dakota.
comment by elderjane on Mar 16, 2014 4:08 PM ()
I am trying to take care of us but mother nature won't cooperate. it's snowing now. on a good note, my work will probably cancel tomorrow.
reply by elkhound on Mar 16, 2014 5:33 PM ()
3-6 here........
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 16, 2014 1:52 PM ()
Thanks for the great story. It sounds like that clinic was a much better place to go than the traditional doctor's office because they were able to do the x-rays on the spot and involved you in what was going on - it wasn't all behind the scenes and mysterious like it so often is, not to mention taking days sometimes to get results. I laughed about 10 pounds.
comment by troutbend on Mar 16, 2014 12:04 PM ()
I was very impressed with the clinic, wish i could make them my primary care doc! yes, that side view i really could have done without!
reply by elkhound on Mar 16, 2014 12:20 PM ()
Awe poor girl! I hope the sickness leaves you soon....
That movie sounds interesting.
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 16, 2014 11:24 AM ()
the movie was really good, very moving. I love heart touching movies. how much snow are you supposed to get, they are saying 6 to 10 here!
reply by elkhound on Mar 16, 2014 12:21 PM ()
Hope you get better--different things seem to be happening to different people! Don't know if you have been reading about my bloody adventures!!!

Don't hate me--we will hit a high of only 82 degrees today!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 16, 2014 9:34 AM ()
I don't hate you but i am jealous, they are now saying 6 to 10 inches of snow! and what's with this overpowering craving for carrot cake I have? it's been going on for months!
I would not like to have your blood issues, sounds messy and scary!
reply by elkhound on Mar 16, 2014 12:22 PM ()

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