Since Tuesday I have been under the weather! It started with general flu like systoms while I was at work. I had the shivers very badly despite having on a blazer, my coat on top of that, my default sweater, and one of my student’s jackets was draped across my legs! The kids kept telling me that I looked terrible and that Imust have the swine flu!
Afterschool I went to my doctor’s appointment scheduled a few weeks in advance for a follow-up. I had a temperature of 102 degrees. I assumed it was a problem with my tonsils because they have often flaired up over the years. She did a strep test and it was negative. So she decided that it was just a virus and that I should stay home for a day.
Wednesday morning I felt TERRIBLE! I had a fever, my throat was KILLING me, and I could not even swallow my own saliva! I couldn’t eat or drink a thing either. My voice was totally distorted, my left ear was full of pressure, nor could I not stop drooling! And sleep, forget about it!
Thursday it was worse so I called and asked for an antibiotic. She responded with a high powered pain reliver and another day off of work. She also said if my throat didn’t get better she would have to run a test for mono.
I don’t know what possessed me, but I tried to go to work Friday! The kids kept telling me how terrible I looked! I ended up leaving two periods early because I was in so much pain.
Saturday morning I had a doctor’s appointment with another doctor on weekend duty. It was obvious that I was suffering greatly and he immediatedly went to work, especially after he saw my cup of salivia. I was tested for mono with a finger prick and it came back negative. Then he returned saying that I had a really bad infection in my tonsils (this I knew all along.). Therefore I received an antibiotic shot in the butt that hurt like mad, and prescriptions for Lidocaine, liquid Vicodin, and Augmentin. Why was it so hard for my own doctor to do this?
Things started turning around for the better after the shot. My throat started to loosen up for starters. Later in the day I was even able to eat a banana, which almost bought tears to my eyes! I haven’t been able to eat all week! Then I was able to drink a few ounces of tea.
Around ten tonight I woke up out of my sleep because I had a foul taste in my mouth. I went to the bathroom and started spitting up bile. I actually knew what it was because I’ve been down this road before. The abscess on my tonsil somehow had burst. Usually they drain them with a needle, so I’ve never had one do it on its own.
After it drained, I was able to swallow without pain! This is something I have to relearn after using a cup to spit in for close to a week. I can even eat a little food now! But I do wonder why my doctor didn’t investigate more considering that I told her of my history? I resent being miserable for so long when she could have simply given me a prescription for an antibiotic!
I learned through this experience to be thankful for the little things–the ability to swallow, chew, drink, and to sleep through the night without waking up in wretched pain.