I’ve been sick since November when I came back from Bouchercon in Long Beach. Seriously. I’m not even joking. I haven’t had a whole week where I felt good since then and it’s been really dragging me down. Back in January I went to the doctor and had then run a bunch of scans and x-rays to look for anything weird and everything came back negative. They said I had the flu and a sinus infection. After a week or so I was back to my baseline crappy level instead of the super crappy I’d been feeling.
That went along for a while with me feeling achy and stuffy and drained all of the time and my motivation lacking and my work suffering and getting more and more backed up on stuff that shouldn’t be taking as long to get done as it was taking. A couple of weeks ago it flared up again in the form of nasty allergy attacks and I missed more work and mainlined allergy and cold medicine and it didn’t get better. In fact, it got worse and I was so sick last night and woke up feeling like crap and missed another day of work. Becky finally yelled at me and told me I needed to go to the doctor again and figure out what the heck was going on. She was worried something serious was lurking behind the scenes and wanted blood tests run and such.
And let’s take a brief interlude here to talk about how much I hate my local doctors’ office. There are many many doctors and none of them are EVER available for appointments. Barring calling with a life threatening sickness needing immediate intervention, the wait time for an appointment is a month or more. It’s really quite ridiculous. I’ve looked around for alternatives and tried some other local doctors but it’s more of pain that it’s worth. But days like this where I have to yell and scream to get in to see my doctor (and then deal with his accusing and pandering tone wondering why I dared imply he wasn’t flush with availability to see me) inspire me to start looking again.
Anyway, after a fairly useful chat with said doctor he looked around in my head holes and said I showed no signs of chronic illness or infection but that I had A LOT of snot and post-nasal drip. He said I likely was suffering from nasty allergies and that rather than spot treating it I needed to go full on daily assault. He told me to get Allegra-D and Flonase and coat my skull interior with that shit. This is the first time in ages I actually sprung for the name brand stuff and I’m holding out reserved hope that this actually works.
If not, I’ll be investigating at-home decapitation options.