Tuesday, March 8, 2011

An Indelicate Question....

Where, oh where, please tell me does it all come from? I thought I was going to be able to head it off at the pass but it snuck up on me from behind...

Sinus infection that went into bronchitis. Someone turned on the faucets in my nose. When the cedars start blooming, along with the other trees that spring forth in the spring around Oklahoma, I'm always taking preventative measures to avoid going into full blown bronchitis and had been doing a pretty good job until Friday. Then I was slammed. I woke up with a jello head and a voice that was not my own... a gravelly, crud laden, slowed version of my normal speech.

Yep, the dreaded sinus infection from spring blooming things, especially red cedar. By Saturday the coughing had kicked in, I was wiped out just getting from the bedroom to the living room to eat and mess on the computer for a bit before crashing back into the bed for a nap and starting the routine all over again.

On Monday, instead of going to meet a blogging buddy that I've never met... I was running fever and looking so bad that a neighbor stopped by for a visit looked at me and said, Helen, you look sick... Good observation! Laura, my apologies darlin' but you wouldn't have wanted me to come and possibly share this with you to take back to the babies. And I felt so bad that I couldn't find the phone book so's I could call you and apologize like a normal, sane person would do, but I was neither normal or sane because I told Carol to just shoot me and tell God I died. She just looked at me and said, "Don't you think you ought to call your doctor?"

I did and I was able to get in the next morning, Tuesday. I told him what was going on and about being so wiped out even before I got sick. I said it felt like the air I was breathing wasn't being assimilated into oxygen for my body. I'm pretty much wiped out if I do the least thing and I'm really good at doing the least thing... So he ordered chest Xrays and blood work, wrote me 3 prescriptions, one of which was not covered by insurance and cost me $70 dollars, thank you very much, and I went next door to the hospital and got all that stuff done and went home and fell in the bed and slept, more like crashed, for four hours, just from being out of bed for four hours doing doctor and testing stuff. I have nothing in my tank right now to bounce back with and haven't for about a month.

The doctor was true to his word and called me yesterday with test results... my chest xray was good and all my labs were good... except for my liver enzymes with one being particularly high and he asked if I still have my gall bladder. Yep, I do and had had a couple of attacks in the past month. So I'm going in the morning for a gall bladder ultra-sound. I've been through this dance before, twice over the years, but they've never found any stones. So I put up with attacks once or twice a month for probably ten years... HOWEVER... I've never had anything show up in lab work so I will probably end up having gall bladder surgery since it seems to be sending up flares now. Frankly if it helps me to get some energy back it would be worth it. I mean, spring is fast upon us and I'm ready to play in the dirt... if I could only lift a cultivator fork and a shovel to make a new veggie bed.

Okay, my indelicate question... where in the world does all the snot come from... I have blown, literally, through 2 boxes of Kleenex and how can you lose half your body weight in snot and not have it show on the scales... Oops, that's two indelicate questions. How can we produce that much liquid out of our nose and throat in that short of time? That's three... I better quit now.

10 comments:

farmlady said...

These are important questions. Inquiring minds want to know what causes all that stuff up there and I think that we have the right an answer.
I don't have any idea where it all comes from but the "snott to lost weight" ratio is something I think should be discussed. There should be a weight loss compensation for being so sick and blowing your nose so much.
Indelicate question... but an important one.

farmlady said...

Good grief...."we have the right TO an answer."
Check you comments Farmlady.
OK, I will....

jojo said...

Oh Helen, so sorry you are feeling so punky..not an indelicate question but I have one! Only it involves the other end...where does it all come from...Immodium and been my bff for a week and it's still coming..gah! Get better soon love

hetty said...

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Inquiring minds.... Your body creates that yucky stuff. They're all dead white cells. Isn't that lovely?

Sara said...

Hope you are feeling better soon! Getting rid of the gall bladder may help - and getting rid of the sinus infection will too. I'm just hoping the nasty cold I have doesn't turn into an infection and linger even longer.

BUSH BABE said...

Do hope you are feeling better... and I have no idea about the snot! One of the wonders of nature, really...
:-)
BB

Tatersmama said...

That's just natures way of flushing out all the accumulated ickiness. And once you blow or cough it out, it just keeps on a-producin' until the "offending crap" is all gone.
Or maybe you just have a small village of contented snails up your nose. No tellin'...

And if getting your gallbladder out puts an end to your attacks, I say go for it. But then again, since I said the snail stuff, you might not want to pay any attention to anything that I say...;)
xoxoxo

Farmer Jen said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and I really like you and your writing already. I hope you are feeling much better soon.

Roslyn said...

One consolation, gall bladder removal these days is band-aid surgery, in one day & out the next! Not like when I had mine out , a week in hosp. & 6 weeks off work.
Feel better real soon Helen.......
xxxxx

Institute for Internet Safety said...

I could not explain the medical views about it, because I frankly don't know, but hope I really do. Get well soon. Drink more water.