Whooping cough

So I was right all along, there is something more to this then a panic attack. I went to my family doctors today to follow up on the chest x-ray from Thursday and he said that it shows that I have some fluid in my lungs and while I was there I was coughing and he said it is definitely whooping cough, right down to the “whoop” after the fits of coughing.

He went over what to expect with me and told me that it could last for weeks and even get a little worse before getting better. Based on when I initially got sick I should be in week 3, which is stage 2 of the disease. The first one to two weeks (stage 1) are usually a low grade fever, some minor coughing, and runny nose. All of which I had. In the next stage (stage 2) there are fits of numerous, rapid coughs until your lungs have no air left, which is when the “whoop” usually comes in as you are forced to inhale.

I find that in between the coughing fits I still do not feel the greatest. The constant running of crap down the back of my throat makes me upset to my stomach, the coughing gives me a headache and I feel really warm all the time (think I might still have a bit of a fever). I am so tired. I did not even take a shower today which is unusual for me. I am the type of person that showers every morning. I can not stand not to, even if I am not really dirty I feel like I am, but right now I just do not have the energy or strength to get up off the couch, likely from the trip to the doctors office and to Walmart to get my prescriptions.

My doctor put me off of work for another week since the rounds of antibiotics that I have taken so far where either for something else (my tooth, which I am not going to be able to get fixed anytime soon) or incomplete as the doctor in the ER last Monday told me to stop taking it because I did not have pneumonia.

I am going to take the time to just rest and do nothing much at all. In one way I am really not liking the idea of another week off of work but at the same time I just do not feel well at all. Lots of TV, movies, blogging and reading blogs as well as playing games on Pogo.com.

PS – If you want to read the whole story and have not yet see these four posts: Last 2 Weeks In a NutshellRound Two and Getting There, Update on how I am feeling and I am sorry they are quite lengthy but they tell the whole story…

6 thoughts on “Whooping cough

  1. How good to get a diagnosis!!!! I’m glad for you, although whooping cough is terrible at least then it will get better!
    From your description I had the whoops the last time I had a cold. I had those, sometimes hour long coughing fits and I couldn’t inhale because I was coughing so bad all the time. It wasn’t whooping cough though.

    1. I am happy to know what it is. To bad it doesn’t really make me feel better. I am back on antibiotics but my doctor said that it too late for them to actually help shorten the length of time I have it. What they will do is stop me from being contagious so that I can get back to work.

    1. Thanks Kalliste, I am hoping to get back to work on Monday. The antibiotics as I mentioned in my reply to Susanne will not make me feel better or shorten the length of time I have the cough but they will make me not contagious so I can go back to work.

  2. Wow. I hope the medicine helps a lot. I had a bad sinus infection last week and I would have rather had crap running down the back of my throat – that’s how bad it was. And just think it’s getting near the time of year for the weather to start changing and that’s when everyone gets sick. Ugh.

    1. Yeah I don’t usually get sick till the end of September, early October. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come. I had been fairly lucky lately with my Fibromyalgia being mostly under control and not having gotten sick at all over the earlier spring and summer months. Sinus infections suck, I feel for you and hope you are feeling much better now!

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