As is common this time of year, my upper respiratory tract, sinuses and throat all want to kill me. And I mean that quite literally.
I've had horrible allergy issues since autumn came for a visit. Then I got a sinus infection the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Now? Now I have strep throat.
At work on Friday my throat was really hurting, it burned to eat or drink anything and my voice was hoarse. I figured if I still felt bad on Tuesday I'd go back to the doctor since that would be one week after the antibiotics finished their course.
Yesterday morning I woke up and my mouth felt horrible. Dry, coated in something and it hurt to breathe because my throat was so raw. I figured I was dehydrated and the coat of ick was from sinus drainage. I put on my big girl panties and headed to Zumba. After class I was wincing every time I breathed in and so I looked in the mirror and opened my mouth wide. White patches. CRAP!
I called Marshall, told him I was cashing my YMCA check and heading to Immediate Care.
The PA on duty was the one I saw the week before and she looked in my ears, throat and nose and said "Well, the good news is... your nose and ears look great. That throat? That is not a happy throat."
A quick strep test later and I'm given antibiotics for my shiny case of strep and was sent on my way.
Given that I wasn't running a fever and that I felt fine aside from the soreness in my throat I kept on about my previously planned Saturday. That included lunch with Marsh and Matt, going to the Wilson Christmas parade, and heading to a birthday party for my friend Jennifer.
Lunch was Olive Garden. Soup... heavenly soup.
The parade was a ton of fun! I was walking with the dance studio where I teach Zumba and since we had such a small turn out of Zumba folks I just walked with the dancers and even did their little dance routine with them. This means there is not video of me dancing with a large group of tiny high school age and younger girls on the local TV station. I didn't think that through.
Oh well. It was a good 2 miles of walking, one of those while dancing. yay extra cardio?
After coming home and getting changed we headed out to Jennifer's house. Her birthday party was a really muted even but it was SOOO fun! We ate pizza and snacks and talked and played games on the Kinect.
I learned that I'm pretty awesome at Dance Central. I got a 5 star rating on my first attempt at Push It. I want this game so bad it hurts. Seriously... too much fun!
The only down part of the night was that the antibiotics I'm on started to make me feel really sick. I had forgotten how bad sulfa medications made me feel. My stomach started cramping towards the end of the evening and by the time I got home I felt like I was going to spend the evening calling Ralph on the porcelain phone.
I got changed and in to bed and held on as the room spun until I passed out.
Today I am feeling gross still but not nearly as bad as I was yesterday. My throat is still hurting and I'm trying really hard to speak as little as possible. (Those of you who know me in real life know how hard that is! The rest of you can guess by my blog!) I also skipped Zumba this afternoon and took a 3 hour nap after sleeping for 13 hours last night.
For dinner I made a giant pot of chicken soup with brown rice and veggies. It was perfect, exactly what I needed today.
All I can hope for at this point is that I get through tomorrow with minimal side effects. I have to drive to Winston Salem for a meeting. I have to present information about a number of things during the meeting and I hope my voice holds out and that I'm not trying to hold back vomit the entire time.