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Our family have all been sick with coughs and congestion. Our son got well quickly. Hubby is still coughing with a dry cough, and I’m hacking and blowing my nose day and night. When I saw my family doctor last week he said it was just a virus and it would go away soon. He didn’t check anything and I have just been suffering.

We desparately want to go and see our grandchildren but don’t to take this sickness to them. So we decided today to go to a walk-in clinic. Covid is still bad here so we had to wait in our car while they did a Covid and Flu test. These were both negative, thankfully. We had to wait quite a while but I was glad that we waited.

We got to see a nurse practicioner who was very nice. She was very thorough and checked everything. Hubby’s lungs sounded very clear, but she said my lungs sounded tight and that I was having trouble getting air out. Because my bug had turned into a secondary infection she prescribed me prednisone and antibiotics. I’m so thankful!

I know this will help me knock this bug. I’m going to feel so much better about being around my grandbabies without coughing my head off. The prednisone will certainly help my severe itching, too. I know it will just be temporary, but sometimes a fast burst of steroids will stop a flare of itching or something else. Wouldn’t it be great if prednisone didn’t have any bad side effects?

I’m considering going to this doctor’s office and seeing how I like them. I’ve been unhappy with my doctor for quite a while so maybe this will be a better match for me. Having so many different conditions and diseases makes it hard to pick a general physician. All I know to do is to try it and see how it goes. If they’re willing to learn and not dismiss my problems then we can work together.

happy lady

Suffering with a bad cold comes to everyone. When you’re immunocompromised, it’s a different situation, because your body has a harder time fighting it off. I’ve never had a cold (that I can remember) that didn’t turn into a respitory infection. Suffering with multiple chronic illnesses isn’t fun. Everyone gets sick. But, I feel sick every minute of every day. There’s always at least one thing: pain, nausea, dizziness, itching, allergic reaction, choking, etc.

No matter what kind of suffering comes my way, I hope that I can be content and pray for God to help me live with grace. He comforts me when my soul is weak and worn out. On the days when I don’t think I can take this life anymore, He is patient with me.

I look forward to a good day at some point. I don’t think that I’ll be normal or healed, but I believe that God will give me the grace and peace to be content in all the suffering I go through.

@2022, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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