So, last night, I went to Urgent Care because I suspected of having Strep Throat. The rapid 5-minute test for Strep A was negative, but the doctor did a throat culture swab and the results won't be back in for another 5 days. She did confirm that I have tonsillitis.
My symptoms are: fever, chills, body aches, head aches, swollen tonsils, red uvula, white patches on my tonsils, difficulty swallowing, difficulty talking, bad taste in my throat, and bad breath.
However, within those 5 days of waiting for the results to come in, I will be having 2 clinical days at a children's hospital! I don't know how contagious I am, and don't want to compromise my patients, but at the same time, it's hard to miss clinical days without consequences.
What should I do?