Tuesday, March 27, 2007
One To Go
The last few days had our family experienced one of the worst, sleepless nights.
Thankfully Wifey and our Son have recovered from their asthma attacks. Salbutanol is their saviour and we know that this medication is to be with us when we go on a trip overseas to Bangkok, Thailand early next month.
Unfortunately for me, I was getting worse than the night before, even after taking the medications from our family doctor.
I developed fever right into the night. My chest felt squeezed to the max while my eardrums felt like they were going to explode amid my throbbing head. My throat felt as if I swallow needles whenever I coughed or swallowed my saliva.
As always, the "sick-devils" showed themselves and make their presence felt... and felt painfully hard after midnight. I had to endure the pain for the whole night until I could go back to the doctor first thing in the morning when it opened at 8:30am.
I was second in the queue at Healthcare Family Clinic. The doctor was quite surprised to see me again a day later. This time my fever was 39.8 Degrees Celsius or 103.64 Degrees Fahrenheit.
I got an anti-fever shot straight away on my butt. The doctor was right, it felt much less painful than on the arm. I hate needles, but that shot really helped brought the fever down quite immediately. Gone was my throbbing head and my eardrums did not get a chance to "explode."
I was given Amoxycillin antibiotics this time around to be taken these 4 days since my throat was already infected. I was also given another 2 days of medical leave.
A total of 3 days off work because of flu is major to me as I have never taken such a long stretch of medical leaves before. Well, I did once, early in my twenties when I just started work; that was for chicken pox.
Two people have recovered, now one to go...
As mentioned by a dear friend, Rhiannon from Inner Journey Writings, I tend to agree with her on allopathic medications. It somehow tends to lower the immune system down.
As I get older, I seem to be susceptible to the common cold and flu often than I can remember in my twenties and thirties. Then again with many new flu strains being identified, no one is really sure if it has already existed and unidentified until now, or there are new strains mutating right now as we speak.
I remember I seldom get sick when I was younger but when I did, I become a whimpering puppy... needing lots of attention. Now that I am 40, this old dog seems to get sick much more often, especially when stressed out from work.
The only sensible thing I could do is to get my immune system back up again to combat against being infected easily by these airborne diseases.
Since good food choices and healthy living that I have practiced are just not enough anymore for this old, rundown body of mine, I may consider preventive methods like supplements or herbal remedies as practiced by Rhiannon.
I have to do some research to understand them better and listen to my body's reaction carefully if I do go down that path. Incidentally a friend sent me an email about the natural preventive remedial affects simply with food.
Was that a sign. Well... this should start be a good starting point.