I have a pretty bad cold, but I have to blog because I…uhm…have a lot of stuff in the queue. Sunday morning, my throat was dry and scratchy. So I tried preventive measures, such as gargling with salt water and hydrogen peroxide, throat spray, ibuprofen, Halls sucking candy, Vicks under the nose and chest, and other standard remedies, but to no avail.
You see, what I really needed was antibiotics ASAP. Amoxicillin always helps me. I have had the sore throat morphing into full blown out cold probably at least three times a year every year of my life. Sometimes four times a year.
I was able to get through Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (I went to work, but had problems focusing and got real tired by 11:00AM). Come Wednesday, my head exploded, as my body became a mucus factory.
It should be noted that Walgreens rejected my insurance card when I tried to get a quick checkup to get antibiotics on Tuesday afternoon. I’m on my wife’s medical insurance policy, and they simply could not figure out how to get it in their computer. They wanted me to pay $70 + $15 + $20 out of pocket, so I walked out before they treated me.
I felt like a Black Man from 1940: denied medical care for no reason.
You gotta hate how Americans have to see a doctor to get a prescription for something so simple like antibiotics. In other countries, they are rightfully over the counter drugs.
Anyway, yesterday was the worst, but today I’m at least able to walk around a little bit. As I said, this sickness is nothing new to me. I even read a study that showed that infants who get throat infections and colds are more prone to being diagnosed with depression later in life. Huh.
Gonna try and get back to work tomorrow. My breakthrough was Mucinex.
By the way, I got myself sick. I’m one of the few people in the world that will ever admit that. For everyone else, they blame someone else, or chalk it up to random chance, but for me I know that I let my defenses down with my mind and will.
First, I got too caught up in work, so didn’t eat a balanced breakfast and lunch. Second, I was stressing out over things beyond my control. Third, I was feeling melancholy and wasn’t feeling happy about things. Fourth, I ran out of my multi-vitamins, so there was a gap of 4 days. Big mistake. The last time I got sick I also ran out of my vitamins. Fifth, I haven’t exercised in two weeks.
These were all conscious actions or inactions. All my fault.