need my fellow nurses' advice--am I overreacting? - page 2

I started getting sick two days ago. It started out with a sore throat. runny nose... I thought it was a cold. By midday yesterday, I was hacking coughing nonstop, sinus headache off the scale,... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    1996 same sx....I ignored it...mycoplasma pneumonia.....missed a total of 6 weeks!

    GO TO THE DOCTOR!
  2. by   jemb
    Thanks to all of you who responded. Funny how we as nurses sometimes just won't go get ourselves checked!

    Dr was rather shocked at how tight my lungs sounded. Seems that I'm having a pretty bad asthma episode, possibly brought on by a mild cold since that was the start of all the worsening symptoms.

    Anyhoo -- I got a solumedrol injection in the office, plus a breathing treatment, and came home with zithromax, prednisone, serevent, albuterol for the nebulizer, and was told to continue my Qvar bid. (I guess it's safe to say I wasn't being a hypochondriac.)

    Hopefully I'll be back at work Thursday, but I'm not going to push it. Day by day, you know...
  3. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by jemb
    Anyhoo -- I got a solumedrol injection in the office, plus a breathing treatment, and came home with zithromax, prednisone, serevent, albuterol for the nebulizer, and was told to continue my Qvar bid. (I guess it's safe to say I wasn't being a hypochondriac.)
    I guess so.

    Take it easy, take your meds, get lots of rest and lots of fluids. (Wear your mittens, put on clean underwear before you leave the house, sit up straight...LOL)

    Take care of yourself.

    Oh, one more "mom" thing to say--

    WE TOLD YOU YOU WERE SICK!
  4. by   Jenny P
    Jemb, just BECAUSE you have asthma, you need to go in a bit sooner than the average person when you develop a URI. You can get into trouble a whole lot faster than someone who doesn't have asthma.

    I have asthma and about a year ago I had a URI and was waiting for the phlegm to turn that ugly gold or green before going in to the doc. I developed a severe bronchitis and actually lost some pulm. function due to my own stupidity. My FEV is only about half of what it should be now. Don't be dumb like me.

    Take care of yourself.
  5. by   Stargazer
    Good point, Jenny. Scary.
  6. by   baseline
    Get vaccinated. Flu and pneumonia. Its not too late for the flu vaccine if you haven't had one.
  7. by   jemb
    WE TOLD YOU YOU WERE SICK!
    Can I come out long enough to take my meds?
  8. by   Stargazer
    Yes. But then it's back to bed for you, young lady.
  9. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by jemb
    I started getting sick two days ago. It started out with a sore throat. runny nose... I thought it was a cold.

    By midday yesterday, I was hacking coughing nonstop, sinus headache off the scale, and chest hurt all the way through to my back. I just figured it would pass. My other half, however, went into his superprotective mode, insisting that I see a doctor, etc. (Well, I admit I do the same thing when he gets sick,)

    No better today -- called in sick. I've gotten an appointment for this afternoon. My doc is on vacation, but another one had room.

    Thing is (maybe just a nurse thing?) I feel like I shouldn't be wasting the doctor's time. I mean, I don't think I'm going to die from this, although I am beginning to think it might be pneumonia instead of just a bad cold or flu-bug. I also have asthma, so that could make it seem worse than it is.

    Am I overreacting? Should I just wait it out? Opinions. please.
    Jemb, take it from me...in mid-Nov I started with some of the same symptoms as you and figured that it was just a bad chest cold...well, finally a month later, I was forced to go to the MD and it was pneumonia!!! After a week of meds, I started feeling better, and now I kick myself on not going earlier...Pretty much my whole school break has been trying to get myself well. Hoping that you feel better soon.

    Kris
  10. by   newgamma
    I am glad you went to the doctor and are on the road to recovery. Take care of yourself.
  11. by   NurseShell
    On the flip side...I went in right away last winter with same sx because I also have asthma...stupid MD told me it was "only viral" go home, fluids, rest, etc...even when I fought her and said, yes, but I have asthma prone to bronchitis, etc....to no avail...48 hrs. later still spiking 104+ fevers, miserable and "dying"...called my PCP and demanded to be seen...he was appalled at the misdiagnosis I received and gave me the correct meds!!!! STUPID docs!!!! I have learned that wearing scrubs to a doctor appt gets you a bunch of respect...even if it's just to the vets office

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