Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Can Breathe!

I went to the doctor's last week. I had an accumulation of minor ailments that made it seem worth the time and money. But of course, just before I'm supposed to leave I got a call to say my doctor was sick (really?!! She spends all day surrounded by sick people and she gets sick? Go figure.) and I was offered another.

I treat unknown doctors with a healthy dose off suspicion. I've been to some barely competent ones and they cost as much as good ones so if I'm paying I'd like to get value for money. The lady I got seemed good from the start. She didn't prescribe antibiotics for my sinusitis. I like a doctor who doesn't over-prescribe antibiotics. She added a cortisone cream to my antifungal for the weird armpit rash (My biggest fear with this rash is that it's an allergic reaction to technical fabric and I'd either have to go back to cotton t shirts or give up running.) And she gave me another prescription for Valium after lecturing me on its addictive properties.(I have it to fly and occasionally to help me sleep when life gets interesting.) I managed to convince her that 50 X 2 mg tablets (and I haven't even finished all 50) in 7 years means that I'm probably not addicted.

A week on, though, I've changed my opinion. She prescribed a very expensive nasal spray for the sinusitis. I used it diligently but after a week of really annoying headaches I decided to buy the over-the-counter sinus tablets. (Mainly because the cartoon simulation on the tv ad was just like my sinuses - red and throbbing and swollen. And when that little cartoon guy took the tablet it all went away) Finally I am pain-free!! And I had an awesome sleep last night. And I could smell when I went out for my run this morning.

Just over a week till Gold Coast running festival. I'm doing the 10k - my 7th in a row. Having the flu put a bit of a road block on my training but I don't care too much. I'll give it a good go and have a great weekend away.


  1. The over the counter stuff always works for me as long as I take it early enough. Glad you are feeling better.
    Very funny about convincing the dr. you are not addicted.

  2. You can smell? You're not waking up in the middle of the night, unable to breath? WOW! I have chronic allergies....probably doens't help I have the windows open all the time but dangit, I love the fresh air, just not the guck in the fresh air. YAY that you found something that's working for ya!!! :)

  3. That little cartoon guy is the way to go! Do you also have the other little cartoon guy with the barbed wire in his throat, which he clears up with sore throat lozenges?

    Now you've got me worried about developing an allergy to tech fabric... wonder if there is a little cartoon runner for that ailment?

  4. Glad you are feeling better. I actually prefer cotton shirts and very rarely run in tech shirts. On trails cotton is so much better to wipe your blood, mud, snot, tears and sweat. Tech shirts also don't stay wet long enough and then you don't cool off enough. Give me cotton any day!

  5. Glad you are feeling better, finally!

  6. It's important that you feel good now! Take care!

    You're right! I would have never thought a doctor would get sick :)

  7. Glad you are getting better. In this period breathing is difficult for me too because of the allergy.
    But I don't surrender.


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