Ahhh, I can breath again but I just can't swallow :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Stress Make Me Sick
Seriously, I have Strep throat! I felt fine yesterday but last night before bed I felt a sore throat coming on so I gargled with some raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It's a little holistic trick that works every time...except this time. That's when I knew something was terribly wrong. When I woke up I couldn't swallow, the pain was horrible!! After Jeff left for his 7am meeting I was trying to get breakfast for the kids but I could barely talk. I checked my Google Reader **because I'm addicted** and my "friend" Jennifer P. (I don't know her in real life but I like her blog so I read it :) had posted about how she went to her doctor recently because she thought she had Strep. That planted the seed in my mind that maybe this is not just a really bad sore throat and I should got get it checked (see how God works!). When Jeff was done with his meeting I asked him to come home so I could go to the Urgent Care (he normally doesn't come home before our 9am sacrament, see what a good mom I am getting all my kids ready and there on time all by myself :). Anyways, my experience with Strep is very limited but when Leah had it a while back her doctor swabbed her throat and did the Rapid Step Test where it's like a 3 min wait. One line for negative, two lines for positive very basic. And I'm pretty sure the nurses could do the test so I really hoped I'd be in and out quick. Well, the wait was long and my doctor wasn't all that great. He came in, looked at my throat, felt my glands and told me that it looks red and raw but there aren't any puss pockets so he doesn't know if it's Strep. His "sound" medical advice was to take the written antibiotic prescription home with me and fill it if I develop any puss pocket in a few days. I informed him that I have small children and that's why I can in so early with these symptoms and when my daughter had it a while ago they did a swab test. He said that he normally didn't do the test but he could if I wanted it. He had a hard time finding the test in the cupboard, a much need confidence boost for me :), and after he swabbed he said "That went well". Huh, whatever. I waited another 25 minutes for the results of the 3 minute test and he told me it had come back positive for Strep throat. I had to wait again for my antibiotic prescription and then I was on my way. I 100% believe that doctors use their best educated guess but ultimately you have to know the protocol and ask for the treatment you feel most comfortable with. I would have felt like my $30 co-pay was totally wasted had I not requested the test I came for. Not to mention the fact that I would have walked around infecting those closest to me for a few days!!!!!!
Posted by Autumn at 11:31 AM