Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving, Upper Respiratory Infection, and Antibiotic

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Well as usual I haven't been blogging for a while (since I have been feeling pretty well too). Back on November 17, 2019 I started to feel signs of a slight cold (coughing, stuffed up, etc but no sore throat). Typically I would go to the doctor right away to find a fix, however in this case I waited a number of days and went to the doctor this past week and saw him. I proactively took a probiotic a few days before I saw him since I had a feeling I would be prescribed an antibiotic (Augmentin). It took a couple of days before the antibiotic kicked in (I felt the same for a couple of days and then on the 3rd or 4th day I was feeling almost back to normal). Last weekend I was pretty much sleeping most of the weekend and watching TV (it actually felt good to this).

Today is Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to eating some delicious food and desserts. This morning I woke up with some minor cramping (this is actually better than 3 years ago when I woke up in the morning and felt as if I had a block of cement in my stomach but then when back to bed for a few hours and felt a lot better).

All in all I have been feeling well and glad I get to spend time with family. It has been an interesting journey since 8 years ago around this time I was laying in a hospital bed (the hospital actually did have a turkey as an option for Thanksgiving). I can still an interesting time in my life: on one hand I was getting the help I needed but on the other scary since it really wasn't known what I had. My father at the time believed I had c difficle-from what he had read online (I would eventually have that too) and would challenge my gastro doctor. I can still remember my gastro doc coming in every day checking in on me in the hospital and then telling me my colon was pretty rotten and on a scale of 1-10 of severity my colon was an 11. In hindsight I was lucky I didn't need surgery at the time and my GI was able to get me under control pretty quickly.