Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bird Flu Anyone?

Today's Soundtrack: Copeland - Beneath Medicine Tree
Today's Mood: Sick & Tired, but surprisingly happy with where I am in life

I spent the weekend before Christmas through the 29th or 30th of December sick as a dog and unable to talk (I could squeak a little, but you had to listen hard to understand me). Some would have found my inability to talk a gift (to them, of course). I, however, found it to be frustrating, annoying and painful. Particularly since I still needed to make contact with customers to wrap up some end of year business. My throat felt like it was gonna fall off. Right after my body.

Anyway, come New Year's Eve, I was still feeling a little sick, but not enough to blow off a friend's party for a second year in a row. Besides, I figured, I had taken the three days after New Year's Day as vacation days, so I figured I'd have time to rest.

I lost my voice again on New Year's Eve after spending most of the evening sitting out on my friend's back deck huddled over his fire pit. So....cold air and smoke. Not my smartest decision to date, but it was a good time.

Fast forward to today, and I am once again....sick as a dog. Absolutely miserable. Whatever this is does not seem to want to go away. As an adult it's easy to forget how awful a sore throat feels. Until you feel it again. Then it all comes right back.

And so, once again, I'm trying to get a doctor's appointment so I can get some meds to finally recover from this yuckiness. For good, I hope. Unfortunately, it seems that doctors tend to be closed to new patients at the beginning of the year. Which I should have remembered from last year (I tend to get sick every year around Christmas. Good times. And no, I haven't bothered to find a Primary Care Physician, for which I am today kicking myself).

I'm beginning to wonder if maybe it's the Bird Flu. Or the Plague. Or Ebola. Or something equally heinous. Who knows? But I feel awful. Guess I'll find out, if I can ever manage to get a flipping doctor's appointment.

Update: I found a great doctor, close by, with walk-in hours from 7:30 - 8:30AM on Weekdays (early, but it's the best I could do). Thinking this will be my primary care physician, too. Also, it's not the Bird Flu! It's just a bad sinus infection! I'm gonna live!

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