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"You're sicker than you think you are."

I like my doctor. He's an internist which is good. He's old-school in a lot of ways, but up on the latest technology and treatments, as well as well-connected amongst other medicos, so if he can't fix it, he knows who can. He's also got a dry, almost gallows, sense of humor. So yeah, I've been sick and kind of dizzy with a bit of a cough and sore throat for more than a week. Very low-grade so I didn't worry much about it, until my heart started having weird palpitations and odd intervals, which was un-nerving, and very much not the sort of thing one wants to ignore.

So today I found out my old friend asthma is back, with his buddy bronchitis. I've been through this plenty of times before, it used to happen a lot when I was a kid and I'm sure was triggered by seasonal allergies. In fact, I've ignored it cavalierly in the past, too, and it turned into pneumonia once.

So, today I had my first EKG. The doc identified the bronchitis very quickly... low pulse-ox (oh, no energy...literally because I am low on fuel!) and gave me anti-biotics and an inhaler. But he's reluctant to let me use the inhaler much, since it can make the heart beat fast - something I remember well from when I was a wheezy, allergic, asthmatic nerdling. Without identifying whatever weird stuff my heart is doing, it could be dangerous.

So I get to spend tomorrow hooked up to a heart monitor to get 24 hours of data recorded, and then talk to him again.

I'm 38. I'm not ready to have heart problems. Maybe when I'm 138. Not now.

I blame the dog.


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Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
In our experience, the dog is always a good place to start.

Sending much, "hey there lungs, quit it" energy your way.

And as a fellow asthmatic, I can say that my heart has acted all wonky when my pulse ox has been low.

Be well!
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Blame carbon emissions.

If you wanted to live in California but you didn't want the asthma back, you picked the wrong half of the state to live in.

Also, it was fucking sweltering down there yesterday, I thought I was going to die.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? It was cold, windy and rainy all day!
Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
The wind helped, but it was freakin HOT! And it didn't rain at all in Beverly Hills.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I wore a jacket or sweater all day. You're nutty. Today it's 54F. Yesterday, the high was 64F, according to Accu-Weather. Is 64 degrees really "sweltering" to you?
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I was standing in the sun waiting to get into the theater, and it was absolutely too hot. I wore a short sleeved see-through airy shirt and I was sweating like mad.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Are you sure you don't have malaria or something? Dengue fever? The dropsies? Consumption?
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
While it's true that Losangelitis makes you hot, if it's making you feel warm, you're doing it wrong!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
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