Thursday, September 4, 2008


I made a follow-up appointment with my regular doctor for Tuesday. He's requested the records from the Emergency Room, because he was unsatisfied with my report on their diagnosis. He said that if they thought it was contagious, and they did suggest masks and limiting contact with little Thumper, that indicates that they thought it was viral and antibiotics would be ineffective. Yet they prescribed antibiotics, which indicates that they thought it was bacterial, which would not be contagious. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the treatment provided by that particular ER in previous cases, too. So I don't know. Is it pneumonia? Is it not? I'm on my fourth day of antibiotics, and I don't feel much different. Not that I felt particularly bad to begin with. With apologies for being gross, I am still coughing up globs of blood, but they're much darker, not the cheerfully bright red they used to be. Is that a good sign? A bad sign? I don't know. I'll wait and see. I'm thinking it would be a good thing to take myself off of the usher roster for the football game on the 13th, though, since after 5 o'clock Monday, I'll be committed to working it. And Aerie's got Crimefightin' to do tomorrow, so the boy will be back in my hands. Guess I'll keep wearing the masks and taking the antibiotics, just to cover my bases.


anniemcq said...

that whole coughing up blood deal is really worrisome. Please let us know what the doc says.

Lisa L said...

What Annie said.
My 2 cents worth: Wear your mask. Definitely go for the follow-up. Dark blood is 'old blood'...Bright red blood is 'new' blood. My guess is that you're now coughing up the shit that didn't come up initially. It had time to sit around and 'mature' in your lungs. thus: the dark color. Same as if you bleed from the bowel - dark blood is 'old blood'... keep up the follow up with your doc..he/she sounds totally on the ball.

I, Rodius said...

I will. He does seem on the ball, though I think he's about 12 years old.

suttonhoo said...



but seriously: hope you're better soon.

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