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The ides of March can suck my ass [Mar. 15th, 2012|07:14 pm]
Zoethe
I have a hideous throat infection. I will spare you all the horror of the image unless you are foolish enough to have clicked on that link:


I have been to the doctor and been supplied with antibiotics and instructions on when it might be necessary to call 911. Ferrett is out of town, so I am left to fend for myself. To give you an idea of how bad this is, the kitchen is a mess and is going to stay that way at least until tomorrow.

I am not a happy camper. It hurts so much to swallow that just sipping water is an act of will. The antibiotic I've been given is so hard on the system that it must be taken with food. You can see where these two facts clash. And it's been absolutely gorgeous all this week, which would have been marvelous for bike riding. Except I've been getting steadily sicker.

Mostly, I'm just trying to sleep my way past this. But wow, I am ready to be done with it.
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2012-03-15 11:24 pm (UTC)
Awww. Your poor uvula :(

I hope you feel better, soon
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-15 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. A uvula that looks like a lichen-covered stalactite is rather a novelty for me....
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2012-03-15 11:40 pm (UTC)
It would still hurt but would something like an icy smoothie be easier for you to swallow and suffice as food? This looks very unhappy, feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-15 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm relying on milk and some very soft bread that I can choke down to suffice. It's not fun, but it's something.
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[User Picture]From: throbinson
2012-03-16 12:10 am (UTC)
Wow! That is truly picturesque!

Hope you feel better soon. Until then - Slurpee!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 02:06 am (UTC)
I can't do the sugar! It makes my jaw ache!
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From: serakit
2012-03-16 12:19 am (UTC)
Mint tea is another good one (and can be consumed cold), on the basis that it has mild analgesic effects which might help with the swallowing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 02:07 am (UTC)
I don't have any in the house. :-(

Slowly sipping ice water all evening was quite soothing. Now I'm choking down some food so I can take another antibiotic pill.
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2012-03-16 12:50 am (UTC)
Ask your doctor to prescribe "magic mouthwash" pronto. One of the ingredients is lidocaine or some such. I think you can see where this would be helpful. The one downside w/the mouthwash is that you can't eat for 15-30 min afterwards because it numbs so well that you might have problems swallowing - oops. I got tonsilitis once and started crying when my husband broke it to me that I had to take the antibiotic before I could have the magic mouthwash. Eventually, I got everything down and I swear, I will have those suckers ripped out if they dare to get infected again.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 02:10 am (UTC)
If I am in this much pain tomorrow, I will call and ask him to phone that into the pharmacy. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that info.
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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2012-03-19 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'll second that idea, three snaps in a circle, whatever it takes.

Ooooooh that's a bad one, hon. Magic mouthwash and don't hesitate to ask for pain management.
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[User Picture]From: jesskastar
2012-03-16 12:38 pm (UTC)
I've had that before. It was a fun name too, oramagic that I kept saying was orgasmic. lol Not because it was, but it was a fun half dislexic way to say it.

Also, Listerine will help kill the bacteria. It's ok to swallow small amounts of it. That will help speed the healing process.

Feel better, Gini!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: lurkmaster10
2012-03-16 01:14 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Throat infections=Not Fun. Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 02:10 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-03-16 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh, you poor, poor thing. I used to get those with some frequency, so I definitely know how bad it can be. Luckily, if I recall correctly, the symptoms tend to decrease pretty significantly after a couple days of antibiotics (of course, that doesn't mean to stop taking them). Hope you feel better soon.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm 24+ hours into the antibiotics, and think I feel some small improvement. I hope the next 24 are a more dramatic change than this.
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[User Picture]From: parachles
2012-03-16 03:01 am (UTC)

Oh dear! :(

That looks horrible. Is it some nasty form of uvular strep or something? No matter what the cause, I'm very sorry you have to deal with it.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 03:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh dear! :(

The uvula looks so bad that you don't even notice that the tonsils and everything else are red and swollen. It's all over badness, but it looks a little better today, even if it isn't feeling much better yet.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2012-03-16 03:15 am (UTC)

Ow. Ow ow ow.

I hope you feel better soon, babe.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2012-03-16 03:17 am (UTC)

Re: Ow. Ow ow ow.

As an aside, if you have problems with antibiotics giving you The Bad Yeasties, I'd suggest when you call for the mouthwash previously mentioned (that shit is worth its weight in gold), you tell them you'd like a diflucan, too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 03:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Ow. Ow ow ow.

I don't usually have those problems with antibiotics, but will keep that in mind.
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2012-03-16 03:34 am (UTC)

Ick! Hope it goes away tout de suite.

(Also, pro tip: LiveJournal’s RSS feeds do not honor cuts.)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 03:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry, dude. But you live with Kat, so you should be inured.
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2012-03-16 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I wasn’t trying to say I was offended or horrified. Just that, for future reference, if you throw something behind a cut then anyone consuming your posts via RSS will see the whole post.

Of course, I’m probably the only one left using RSS, so…yeah.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 05:32 pm (UTC)
You are definitely one of the few.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2012-03-16 03:35 am (UTC)
hugs
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-03-16 05:56 am (UTC)
I feel for you. I got sick just when the weather turned gorgeous here. Slept through two entire beautiful days :(
Follow docs instructions with those abx. I looked at the photo. You need them.

*hugs* and don't hesitate to call for more help, what ever form it takes. I'm pretty sure Ferret will want to find you as well as possible when he returns.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
I am very faithful about taking all of my antibiotics. No worries there.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2012-03-16 08:15 am (UTC)
OUCH

When mine gets bad (but not that bad you poor dear) I gargle with rum. THEN I gargle with hot salt water. I do the rum first though.

Old trick of grandma's. It helps and yes this crap is going around.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 04:01 pm (UTC)
Why is the rum gone? Seriously, I have none. Vodka?
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2012-03-16 10:43 am (UTC)
Looks like strep; not a heckuva lot of fun. Remember that things like jello count as 'food' for medication purposes, as do the slurpees and smoothies suggested above. You may be almost human for St Pat's tomorrow ... and beer is considered 'liquid bread' even if it is green ...

Feel better soon!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 04:02 pm (UTC)
I can't stand beer, and you can't drink while on antibiotics, anyway. No celebrating for me. Only sleeping.
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[User Picture]From: xhollydayx
2012-03-16 08:20 pm (UTC)
Ouch. How aabout a smoothie for food or Ensure (living on Ensure lately and you'd be surprised that some of the flavors don't suck. My friend K actually makes smoothies w/ Ensure for when solids aren't an option for her). Definitely hear you on the not wanting/can't eat but need to for meds. Read some previous posters mention numbing mouthwash - when I had a sore throat this past fall, I just got spray stuff at the drugstore as well as these cough drops that are awesome (Cepacol I think? I can check I know I still have some left. Taste AWFUL, but numb your throat well for OTC stuff). What about yogurt? I like Greek yogurt. Jello Instant Pudding is decent and quick to make (seriously, I don't even bother to put it back in the fridge - let it stand for 5, it'll be fine and you can play with the consistency to make it suit your needs), and I have two flavors of Jello in my fridge at present. My rheumatologist said if need be, Jello and broth is food.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-16 11:13 pm (UTC)
Holly, you are brilliant. Of course we have Ensure left over from when Ferrett had oral surgery, but WE didn't think of that. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: xhollydayx
2012-03-17 04:20 pm (UTC)
No prob! (and my advice: if you have a few flavors vanilla is the least bad and easiest to doctor up with other items. And butter pecan is nasty). Good luck w/ the antibiotics
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-03-17 03:18 am (UTC)
Had something similar recently (not as gross, sinus-based, except for that lovely period where the sinuses finally drained.... down my throat. Dry heave city).

My recommendations?

* Chicken soup
* Chili

Really, the only thing that matters is that it's hot and preferably salty - so miso, veggie soup, anything that's at least 130F. Perhaps the bees could spare some honey for hot tea with honey?

* Tylenol or generic equivalent helped my throat a lot.
* Chloraseptic is available in kid lollipop form once you can or will leave the house
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-03-17 02:49 pm (UTC)
I do have good raw honey, so will probably attempt tea some time today. I can see that the uvula is looking better, but the raw meat that is the back of my throat is still very painful.
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[User Picture]From: voiceofanangel
2012-03-18 06:12 pm (UTC)
applesauce and mashed potatoes (not together lol)
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[User Picture]From: noshot
2012-03-23 01:04 am (UTC)
Eat ginger and drink lots of cranberry juice...unless the antibiotics have already whipped it.

Edited at 2012-03-23 01:05 am (UTC)
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