Good afternoon. Sorry I have been so MIA. I feel so out of the loop, I haven’t been reading blogs or commenting in the past few days and I feel so lost. 🙂 I promise I’ll be back fully soon.
I am slowly coming back to life. Yesterday was a bad day. I came to work with absolutely no voice and clogged ears, so I really felt like I was living in a bubble.
And now I’ll jump into my antibiotic quandary…
I made a tough choice and filled the antibiotic prescription my doctor gave me a few weeks back when I first visited him. I had these same symptoms way back then – February 2nd. It seemed a little odd to me that I was experiencing all the same symptoms all over again and finally came to the conclusion that I quite possibly hadn’t really gotten better since then, my symptoms had just lessened, but never went away fully. This conclusion led to me think that maybe this was a bacterial infection and not simply a viral cold.
I very rarely consider taking or requesting antibiotics – I don’t think they are necessary in most cases and believe that people tend to think they are the easy fix. I don’t want my body to become immune to antibiotics or worse yet sick because of them. So I reluctantly made this decision.
Well, I filled my Z-Pack prescription yesterday afternoon (I ended up leaving work early because I had the chills and was exhausted), took my first dose and went to bed early last night.
And today – I can feel the congestion lessening. My voice is sort of back and my ears and nose are noticeably less clogged. Whether this has to do with the antibiotics or just that the viral infection had run its course, I’m not sure. But I’m going to finish off the rest of the Z-Pack to be on the safe side.
So what are your thoughts on antibiotics? Do you avoid them for as long as possible, like I do? Or do you take them without any reserve?
My doctor was pretty unsure whether it was a viral or bacterial infection (p.s. – I’m also hunting for a new General Practitioner on the UES if you have any recommendations!), so he gave me the Z-pack prescription just in case my symptoms didn’t go away. I guess I’m just very wary of them.
So since yesterday was such a haze, I didn’t really take many photos. Instead, I’ll use the rest of this post to thank Chelsea for nominating me for the award below, share my requisite lies and one truth, and pass it along to some fellow bloggers:
Since I received this funny little award, I now have to use my creativity and come up with six outrageous lies about myself and one truth. So here we go, let’s see if you can guess the truth:
1. I love reading biographies and non-fiction books.
2. I’ve never had a cavity.
3. I have a strange obsession with feet – I love them.
4. My husband proposed to me on a mountain top.
5. I’ve been living in NYC for 5 years.
6. I can speak 3 languages.
7. I have 20-20 vision.
Can you guess which one is my truth?! P.S. – I am a terrible liar and this was soo hard for me. Now that I’ve listed my lies and one truth, I nominate the following ladies to do the same:
Once nominated, here is what you have to do:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5. Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.
That’s all for today folks. Stay happy and healthy!
Sorry you still aren’t feeling well! It seems as though a lot of people are sick at the moment.
And many thanks for passing along the award! This is a fun one 🙂
I’m guessing #5 is your truth?
oooh I hope I’m right!!
i think it’s true that you’ve never had a cavity 🙂
Thanks for the recognition 🙂 I will put it up sometime later this week. I might have to have it overlap my Fun Fact Friday post since it goes so well with that 😉
I think its true you can speak 3 languages. I THINK I remember you mentioning you know other languages back in a comment to me. I may be wrong about it being three though.
I think its true you have been living in NYC for 5 years. Am I right, am I right????
Thanks for passing the award on to me!! Can’t wait to post my outrageous lies and truths 😉
I’m guessing it’s true that you’ve lived in NYC for 5 years.
I usually avoid antibiotics, but I’ve been fortunate not to need any for colds/flu-like illnesses for a very long time. Glad you’re feeling better!
I’m thinking the truth is you can speak 3 languages???
I take antibotics if they are given to me….don’t remember the last time that happened though….I’ll try anything to make me feel better!
I think you’ve been living in NYC for five years… unless gibberish is a language??
I think it is fine to take antibiotics if you really need it — and it sounds like you do! Thanks for the nomination 🙂 Want to go to Alice’s Tea Cup one day for brunch?
I love Alices Tea Cup… so cute.. Linds you should go!
Definitely! I’ve been there once before and loved it. So adorable.
I take antibiotics as soon as they are prescribed. I feel that they are fine as long as you take them AS they are prescribed and do not skip doses or anything. If you need a doctor I go to do Dr. Cindy Lai on East 67th St. and she’s pretty good.
I hope you feel better! I would also recommened seeing an ENT if your congestion doesn’t heal. I had the same thing once and it turned out to be a massive sinus infection. A really great ENT is Dr. Edelstein on the Upper West Side (his office is located right next to the Eli’s on third).
Thanks for all this great info!! If I’m not feeling 100% better by this weekend I will likely make an appointment with an ENT.
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I was in such a similar situation when I was sick last week – I finally broke down and called my MD for an antibiotic since I could clearly identify the time when I went from “normal viral infection” to “crazy bad bacterial secondary infection”. Normally I avoid antibiotics since most respiratory infections are viral, so I hadn’t taken one since I had surgery years ago. This time I felt it working in about 2 hours after the first dose.
FYI the rule of thumb is ten days: Almost no cold virus subtypes survive over 9 days, so if you’re still sick at day ten it is probably bacterial.
Good to know – thank you. Yes, I started feeling less congested soon after taking the first done of the antiobiotics.
Thank you for the award… and this time I did it. I know your truth because you suck at this game ;).
Feel better… rest up!
I know, I know – I can’t think of good lies!!