Monday, June 14, 2010

A soggy Monday morning

This series of hot and muggy days sparking severe thunderstorms is getting a little old.  One does not know whether to duck the high winds or begin building an ark.  Not to mention there can be too much of a good thing where water is concerned.  My deck plants are proof of that.  I can almost hear them gurgling from their roots that enough is enough.

For the latest in this bronchitis saga, I spent six hours in the emergency room on Sunday.  The nurse at the clinic had warned me to head for the ER if the head congestion seemed to be getting worse.  By Sunday afternoon, I knew I'd better receive medical attention.

It turns out I probably have had an acute sinus infection along with the bronchitis all along (no wonder I couldn't breath!).  In "normal" people, the antibiotics given for the bronchitis would have cured both but did not in my case.  So... very powerful antibiotics were started before I left and a prescription given to have filled today.

Thankfully, a chest x-ray showed clear and the infection was not in my ears, too.  The swelling from the sinus passages was causing the hearing problem.  

I was blessed with the nicest nurses and ER doctor this time.  He explained why I have had problems with a couple of the antihistamines I took these past few weeks.  Turns out people with thyroid and/or diabetes illnesses should not take any antihistamine with a "D" in the label, which is what we had on hand for the guy's allergy symptoms.  These are usually the antihistamines you have to obtain from the pharmacist and sign for so they know you are not using them to make meth.

We started our summer school schedule this morning.  I think it should be illegal to have a class begin at 7:30 in the morning any time of the year but especially in the summer.  I was already awake when the alarm went off at 6:15 but the college student had become use to a 9:00 start to his workday.  Let's just say it took awhile for him to wake up.  He will combine full time work hours with the class and studies the remainder of the summer.

Christopher may be moving on campus this fall, he should know soon if he gets accepted to the Christian co-op a few of his friends live in already. He has been asked to commit to a year at his new job so living on campus would make it far easier to combine ten hours of work during the school year and a heavy class schedule.  Not to mention making it much easier for Mom.  But I'm only thinking of him.  ;)

Thank you all so much for your prayers and well wishes.  Hoping to feel much, much better soon.


Vee said...

Well now, that was an exspensive way to learn a good lesson about the right kind of antihistimine to take. May the new powerful antibiotics put an end to your sinus infection once and for all. And do be in touch with the hospital about payment might be surprised by how willing they are to help. God bless you. Oh, you're right, summer seven-thirty classes sound evil to me.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I'm so glad to hear about your improvement and the new info about meds....I'm sure you know about eating yogurt when you're taking antibiotics....I hope the summer will arrive and you'll build up a lot of good health and immune response. It's nice to hear from you....But today I'm leaving for a vacation in Scotland with my D.E. Stevenson group so I may not be able to read your blog for a while.

Anonymous said...

Most hospitals have programs to reduce the cost for people who have no insurance, and are low income. If you haven't checked that out, you might want to do so.

hmsclmom said...

Hi Brenda,
I am so sorry that you once again found yourself at the emergency room. (((((HUGS))))) I had no idea about the "D" antihistamines being a no no for those of us with thyroid issues. I will have to share this info with my DIL and mother since we all have those issues to deal with. Praying you feel better really soon.


Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Love your heart Brenda! It sounds as if you're on the road to recovery finally. Thanking the LORD for that!

We were unaware about trying to work with the hospital last yr when hubby had to have a scan. We should have checked with them about trying to make the $700 bill more manageable. Do check with them; you never know.

Again, thankful you are doing better!

matty said...

I am praying for your healing, Brenda. You have had a time of it! I agree with Vee about the payment plan. We have a free pharamacy in our area sponsored by the local churches. Maybe there is something comparable? Having been without insurance having huge medical bills, I feel your pain! Take care of yourself,dear!

Anonymous said...

You're in my prayers! Juli

Christy@WickedHappy said...

I hope you get both some dry weather and a clean bill of health very soon! Thinking of you. :)

horse loving lineman's wife said...

Hope you are feeling tons better!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info re D Antihistamines and thyroid conditions. I wasn't aware of that.
Hope you feel better soon.
How is your beautiful new grandchild doing?

Manuela@TPOH said...

So sorry you found yourself at the ER again dear Brenda! I hope that now you have all the meds you need to get better! 7:30 classes in the summer should be illegal!! My least it must be cool at that time of day and traffic should be light~smile.


freetobeme - Anita said...

I'll be praying for Christopher to get into the housing he wants. It sounds interesting. I always love hearing about him.