Thursday, February 22, 2018

UPDATE: Robert’s health deteriorated quickly from the time of my last posting. On Monday, he began running a low-grade fever in the evenings, and with the fever came incoherency and disorientation. Two evenings of temperatures of 101-102 plus and I was beginning to have some real concerns as to whether I should call 911 and get him taken into the emergency room of the local hospital. Finally, yesterday morning, I bit the bullet and after taking his temperature at 7:30 a.m. and finding it at 99+ deg., I called 911. A friend told me exactly what to say when I called, and I have to say how very grateful I am for her input. It worked just as she said it should, and I’m glad I made the call. They rehydrated him, did a chest x-ray, and ran tests on his kidney function (which came back abnormal). They also did a nasal swab to find out if what was going on was actually the flu. It was, and is — Type B Flu. When they sent him home, they instructed me to watch his fever and if it climbed to past 102.5 I was to call 911 and get him back into the hospital post haste. They would then move to plan B, which would be a scan of his brain and a spinal tap to look for other infections going on in his body.

I’m thinking that his abnormal kidney function has to be affecting his mental state. That, and the elevated temperature can’t be doing him any good.

We went to a new health insurance plan this January, and I wound up picking a doctor who was completely new to me. I knew no one with experience with him so was taking a chance, signing up in the blind, so to speak. I called last Friday to get an appt. and was told they had a walk-in clinic. Wonderful, I say, and decided to go in and have them take a look at my chest/breathing/cough. Long story short, I was put into an exam room almost as soon as I arrived and three hours later, the dr. came in under the mistaken impression that I was only there for medication refills. When I told him I’d been sick for four days, he said they had run out of flu vaccine and it wouldn’t do me much good at this point anyway because it had to be given in the first 48 hours of illness. He never looked down my throat, listened to my lungs or questioned that I might possibly be wrong about my self-diagnosis. I am prone to bronchitis and respiratory infections, and although what I had been suffering from may have begun as the flu, it had migrated to the known, ‘bronchitis’ in all its misery.

After the sad show of care at the new dr’s office, I called our insurance company and changed primary physicians — again. The change won’t be effective until March 1st, so we’re technically dead in the water until then. I’m tempted to go to one of those You-pay urgent care centers, however, just to get a prescription for an antibiotic. Since we do have health care insurance, I don’t know how this would work. The first is another week away, so I might just as well bite that bullet one more time and wait it out.

Neither of us has had the flu shot in recent recollection, as we didn’t really believe it helped all that much. We tended to stay out of crowds when flu viruses were being passed around. Better to practice prevention in the full sense of the word, stay away from those who are ill, wash your hands frequently, and try to steer clear of crowds. True to form, this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t touch the virus that’s being passed around, and so even if we had been vaccinated, we’d most likely be in the same place we are now. Though Robert has announced that this Fall, when they start promoting the flu vaccine, he is adamant that he will get vaccinated this time around. I’m still on the fence, but we shall see.

I have to admit that I must be getting just a tad better, as when I look at the quilt that’s sitting at my machine with the needle stuck through, waiting for me to start quilting again, I actually get a twinge of eagerness to be well once more so I can begin creating again. A few days ago I was so sick that I wanted to toss everything I owned in my art room as I didn’t think I’d ever regain my health to the point where I would want to create again. I’ve been THAT sick! :/

Time to close this up and say be safe, be well (PLEASE) and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. If you don’t believe in the flu vaccine, at least take care and wash your hands frequently–sanitize the surfaces you touch–if you’re at the grocer’s, use those wipes they have on the stand just inside the door, and wipe down the handle of your grocery cart. Well, you know the drill — I don’t know how I messed up and acquired the virus… hoping Robert gets better very soon. I’m worried about him more than I am about me.

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About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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6 Responses to Thursday, February 22, 2018

  1. Carole says:

    Oh, Carol. What an ordeal you and Robert have been through! The behavior of the physician who saw you when you had flu symptoms is just unforgivable. I am so glad that you are switching to another physician.

    The urgent care centers are a godsend. I don’t know the specifics of your insurance plan, but often you will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. As far as the cost of antibiotics, there are many very good, strong antibiotics that are inexpensive. If you do go to one of these urgent care centers, be sure to tell them you are paying cash for the medicine, so that they can prescribe one that will be not only effective, but inexpensive too.

    So sorry that you and Robert are going through this. As careful as we all try to be, the germs have a way of finding their into our bodies. Take good care, and be sure to keep us posted on how both of you are doing. Hugs, Carole

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    • tehachap says:

      Thank YOU for giving me the advice you did. Althought I hate that it’s actually the flu that’s causing Robert’s illness, I’m grateful that it’s not as serious as it could be. Things could always be worse than they are–we are blessed!

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  2. 67andgood says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that both you and your husband have been ill. I sure hope he is much better by now. I thought it odd that the doctor didn’t even bother to examine you…you could have had walking pneumonia by that time. Sure hope the new doctor choice works out better. I get the Senior dose of the flu vaccine now. And I try to stay home as much as possible.

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    • tehachap says:

      Thanks… I agree wholeheartedly! I have chronic bronchitis and knew my bronchial tubes were infected. I have been seeing a nurse practitioner in the new dr’s office for the past year and she’s good. I’ll get Robert set up with an appt. and perhaps get a referral to a nephrologist so his kidney can be checked out. One day at a time — and staying home and away from crowds is a good thing to do!

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  3. mageb says:

    I am so sorry about all this. I just wish you would post here more often. I’ve been happily and quite oblivious to Roberts problems as I watch the trains going by. I so enjoy that. And on facebook, you haven’t told us Robert was so ill. Yes, for heaven’s sake, do get the shot, I worried when you said you weren’t going to.. Treat yourself kindly. Yes, too, you need a doc who cares. What happened to the old one? I forgot. Please keep us posted.

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    • tehachap says:

      Sorry I haven’t been posting — Robert and I are still dealing with the flu bug — both of us are coughing and I keep getting new symptoms (laryngitis today and headaches) that I think are just an outgrowth of the respiratory part of the flu. Robert is much improved, though he still has a cough now and then. His cough isn’t as bad as mine, naturally. But, I have improved to the point where I’ve been sewing. Will get a photo of the quilt I’m finishing up and will post it on my blog. As for dr’s, the old one was a nurse practitioner and I’ll be going back to her — got a call from the ins. company today that says I can call for an appt. on Thurs. I’ll get us both in ASAP. Hugs…

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