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Consumption
Today my coworker IM'd me a link to here, a nice FAQ on Tuberculosis. That's been the subject of our lab chit-chat recently, because I have a really nasty cough. They've been joking that it's probably TB, since (he says) it's making a comeback here in the US.

At least, I hope they're joking.

I do have an unpleasant chest cold, and a painfully productive cough. I haven't been feeling terrible, though not splendid either. I think I'm getting a little healthier today though. I certainly sounded better at the beginning of the day today, though a day's worth of talking made me worse in the afternoon. Happily, I'm home now and can rest.

Tuesday I bought some tylonal cold medicine and some sudafed. Today I stopped on my way home and added advil and robitussan to my medication arsenal (don't worry: I'm not taking them all at once!). Plus this time I added my standard cure-all: orange juice and ice cream (once again, I don't take them at once).

Thank goodness it's the weekend -- and a long one at that! Even though I have some stuff scheduled, I can still get some extra sleep, talk less, and hopefully get much better.

If I'm not better at the end of the weekend, I guess I'll get a TB test done... Ya never know, after all! [But no, I don't actually think I have TB!]

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 25th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had the TB test done multiple times, I did work for the State of Oregon which ran a TB hospital, and I had to have one when I moved to Canada for school, and I got one at Los Alamos.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 25th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember getting them every year from my pediatrician, but I don't think I've had one since then.

Not that I actually think I need one -- just some rest and cough syrup should do the trick I hope.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: May 25th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I'd talk to your doctor before I'd get a TB test done. Robitussan is a smart move.

If your phlegm is not discolored — is not dark green or other deep color — that's usually a sign that you don't have an infection.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 25th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I don't actually think I need to worry about TB at all. It's just a more amusing story (in my eyes) than "blah i have an icky cold".

I also think the robitussan will do the trick, but if I'm still sick after the weekend, i'll see my doc.
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mogwar From: mogwar Date: May 26th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I think he's the one that autographed this picture I've got. Wanna guess what it's worth before I go trolling ebay? I'm leaning toward guessing $100, so I can start the bidding at $50.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 26th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that explains it! At least now I know where it came from.

Yay for days off!!!!
netmouse From: netmouse Date: May 26th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got some really awesome throat lozenges, if you get this far. (and if you don't, I understand)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 26th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far, my plan is still to visit and sample your throat lozenges. I'll let you know if I change my mind though.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 26th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
If you need a ride to A2 so you can sleep on the way let me know.

I can drop you off on the way home.
nishar From: nishar Date: May 26th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
You should get a tb test no matter how you feel monday, just to be safe. You can get them on the cheap at the public health clinic.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: May 26th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
If you do get consumption, then you would need to follow in the footsteps of Doc Holiday. Move to to someplace dry, and get in a lot of gun fights.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: May 27th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the best career advice I've heard in ages!

I'm working on how to reconcile Java with gunfights. There's a really funny joke in there, but I just can't seem to find it...
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: May 26th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)

summer camp flashback!

consumption be done about all these ether bunnies?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 26th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: summer camp flashback!

hahaha!
ellison From: ellison Date: May 26th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had a crazy cough, too, but no other cold symptoms. I don't know what the heck is up with me. However, my cough is subsiding now, which makes me happy. Hopefully yours will go away on its own too!!
fachless From: fachless Date: May 29th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Orange juice and ice cream are my FAVORITE cold cures...but I do eat them together. There's nothing better than a good, creamy vanilla with enough orange juice to blend it into a smoothie-like shake. YUM! When my throat feels bad, I also like toast to scrape the crud off the back of it.

Now that I read back over this, it sounds disgusting, but in the pain of the moment, it feels like a gift from the gods.

Hope you're feeling better soon. I really like that Mucinex stuff. Though I have to take half the recommended dosage to avoid shriviling up like a prune (it does a great job of drying you out...mucus wise).
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