That’s where I’ve been living for almost a month now. Now, I don’t normally use the “other” word…$h!+. So don’t go thinking I toned this phrase down for posting on my blog. I assure you, I didn’t….but that’s about all I can think of when I ponder how my life’s been these past few weeks. Just a big ol’ crap sammich!
They are telling me it’s allergies, but I’ve never had allergies treat me so bad in my life! I mean, this started out like just a case of the sniffles. Seriously! Nothing major, just a bit of drainage…not even a sore throat, and then that cough started.
I guess I’ll never post any such declaration as> THIS <again! You betcha! I mean, the very title is just asking for a big ol’ dose of Murphy’s law or karma or whatever you wanna call it.
I don’t actually believe in those things, but if I was trying to decide whether to believe or not, these weeks since that post would make a believer out of me! And God knows, I wasn’t bragging! I was just trying to share my joy! Honestly! sigh
So here I am now, for whatever reason God has, with this nasty bronchial/sinus infection now. After going to see a doctor I didn’t know, (because I couldn’t get in touch with mine due to a cruddy phone system) y’know, to get in front of this thing, and getting NOTHING done other than confirming no infection (and I am sure I didn’t have one at the time) I have ended up Friday having a Decadron shot, a round of antibiotics, doubling up on the guaifenesin, adding a steroid inhaler plus nebulizer treatments, making sure I take the nasal spray steroid (that I’m so bad about missing!) and now another 3 days of oral steroid just because my cough was still bad when my doc called me Monday.
In case you are a non-D person and don’t know, anytime a person with diabetes has to take a steroid, it sends their blood sugars soaring. That’s just the nature of the beast, which is why some doctors are so hesitant to give them to a PWD.
I assured my doc I could adjust the basal rates on my insulin pump to handle the rise in blood sugars, but man, I had forgotten just how hard it is to manage my sugars while on steroids. Egads! Having high sugars makes you feel like poo all by itself, so it’s like a crap sammich with a side of poo, y’know!?!
Today has probably been the least fatigued I’ve felt since this whole thing started. I’m not sure if that’s because my mom and my aunt came down to help with the house this morning or not.
I really, REALLY didn’t want them to come. I mean, Lord knows I need the help around here but do you have any idea what the home of a depressed person with diabetes who has been sick for weeks actually looks like?? It is NOT pretty, folks. And my mom is a perfectionist housekeeper. We have had some doozies about my inability to keep my house up to her standards over the years. But bless her heart, she didn’t fuss too much and I know good and well she wanted to. I guess maybe she’s figured out I have been really, really sick. Maybe it’s sinking in that dealing with depression on top of diabetes is a big load to bear and doesn’t lend itself to being an organized, always-on-top-of-it person who keeps their house spotless. Especially not one of those who also has some hoarding tendencies. Heaven help!
So yeah, I might be a tad better today. I sure hope these steroids will move this cough on out, though. I have one day left of those. My doc wants to send me for a cardio workup just to make sure none of this coughing is due to a heart issue though. I really don’t think it is. The only time I have any sort of lung issue is if I :
- get tickled or
- get choked or
- get something like this
Then I’ll end up hacking my lungs out, sounding like a long-time smoker (no joke!) and needing a rescue inhaler. I think the main reason Doc is sending me for cardio tests is that I had a nasty coughing fit in her office. You could hear me barking all over the office. They were bringing me cups of water and Doc wouldn’t let me leave til I had taken the sample steroid inhaler and then a nebulizer treatment. It was awful and I was sure glad it wasn’t far to my house, but then I had to stop at the pharmacy, which was on the way. Only, they didn’t have the one item I really needed right then…the cough syrup…so I had to drive back across town to get that at another location. sigh Ain’t that always the way, though?
Anyhows, so that’s where I stand with this lastest issue of Creeping Crud Magazine. Ugh. I am so ready to be done with this. I realized though, thanks to Facebook and Timehop, that I’m always sick, getting sick or getting over being sick at this time of year. If it IS allergies, then perhaps if I set a reminder on my calendar for the end of August to start being super-diligent with my allergy treatments, up the vitamin C, etc. if maybe, just maybe that would help? What do you think? Is that crazy? I know if I don’t do that though, I’ll forget it completely. Do any of you do things like that??…set reminders for yearly things besides birthdays and anniversaries??
So how are you guys doing with allergies? I take allergy meds year round and have done so for decades. Used to, this seasonal stuff really didn’t bother me but now, oh boy. It sure jacks me up!
Hope you are all well and free of Creep-o Crud!