Wednesday, September 19, 2007

please teach me to breathe...

well, i was finally able to get into a clinic last night. i've tried to go before but i haven't been able to get in before their quota was reached.

now, every few years or so i get a wicked cough that doesn't go away. i go to the clinic, i get a codeine cough syrup and bam, my cough is gone. end of story.

however, this trip was a little different. first off, i get this totally old school intimidating doctor. first thing he says to me is.. your breathing doesn't sound very good. umm, i had no idea my breathing was off. i wasn't really having any trouble with it. apart from the coughing. he has me blow into this tube and then says, that's not very good. he rapid fires a ton of questions at me, i don't feel he really makes sure i understand any of them, calls me an allergic person and keeps asking me questions about changes in my life that might cause allergies. are you sure there is nothing new? umm, yah, i am pretty sure i do not have a new pet or a new plant. i might not be that brilliant but i think i would remember if i brought home a new dog or fern.

i feel slightly better when he tells me i scored a 4.5 on the tube and i should be at 5. he says i didn't do that bad. thanks for freaking me out! considering i can't take that deep of a breath without going into a coughing spasm, i feel better. he hands me a prescription and sends me on my way. i can tell it's not codeine but apart from that, i know nothing. until my pharmacist calls me over and says, have you ever used this type of inhaler before? i'm like what? i've never used an inhaler before at all! she was all like really? i find the instructions complicated, and my dosage is so confusing, i have to write it on the calender.

question - why does it seem like every drug's possible side effects include what you are actually taking the drug for? apparently the drug i am on can cause coughing. how am i supposed to know the difference between the cough i have and a cough caused by the drug?

on the upside, i am coughing a little less today. of course, i am still think codeine would have done the trick as well. and at half the price.

10 comments:

Allison said...

Oi, doctors. I'm glad that you are feeling a bit better today though. I always find a cough worse than a cold, as the fits really tire you out. Continue to get better!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

thanks allison! and i'm coughing less this morning as well so all is good.

justacoolcat said...

Codeine cough syrup always does the trick. What's the inhaler, albuterol?

I hope you're better.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wow, now you are one of the cool kids with the inhalers!

That sounds like a major suckage experience. Hope you keep improving.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

jacc - it starts with a "p". and you've just reminded me that i haven't taken tonight's dosage.

barbara - ha ha. major suckage experience. if my band was called inhaler, that would totally be the name of my first album.

Toccata said...

Man, you've had it rough. Hope that inhaler thing does the trick. The last time I went to the clinic and got a prescription I refused to take it once I read all the possible side effects. All I could think was, I'm better off suffering through what I have than chancing on a whole range of dire sounding maybes.

Evelyne said...

Inhalers, I love them as much as I hate them. It really helps when having trouble breathing but I don't like the side effects (ie I may act like an hyperactive children).
I hope that they help you

Steph A. said...

I'm an asthmatic (who's asthma is completely controlled, but it took years)...that thingy you blew into is a peak flow meter. It's evil. What colour is your inhaler's outer case? Typically each has a different colour. Blue, for example is Ventolin, a bronchodilator.

No kidding about side effects....I love watching those pharmaceutical ads from the States...may cause headache, nausea, intestinal gas, etc. The ad alone make taking the drug much less appealing. Also, "tell you doctor if you suffer from liver problems". HELLO, should he/she not already know that? Whatever.

Hope you are on the mend!!

whitenoise said...

Hope you're feeling better!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

thanks everyone!

officially i am off my inhaler now. however, whether or not i'm "cured" is another issue. i feel better but i don't think my cough is gone completely. we will see.