Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened in the Doctor's Office

I've been sick since December 28. I've been to the doctor a couple of times. Amoxocillin and Zithramax and a bunch of other medicines. They think I have the pertussis. I'm getting better but am not 100% yet. I'm very tired, I guess from the low blood oxygen levels. Here is a funny story about that. The last time I was at the doctor, last Friday, the medical assistant took my blood pressure and said, "oh, that's good". I guess they expect it to be high because of my age and weight. She took my temperature and said "That's good." Then she took my O-level and didn't say anything. So I asked, "Is that good, too?" She said, "The doctor will talk to you about that". DOH!


Elizabeth said...

it is amazing how common pertussis is amongst adults.
Because most folk have been vaccinated against it as children, the doctors tend to dismiss it as a differential diagnosis in adults, but a study done some ten years ago showed that about 12% of late teenagers/adults presenting with unexplained prolonged chest infections were positive for pertussis.
Glad you are on the mend; my prayers for a speedy recovery to full health.

Mimi said...

My kids aren't vaccinated against pertussis as my oldest had a really bad reaction to the vaccine. So, this concerns me. Prayers.

Philippa said...

Matt, I hope you continue on the road to recovery but at a faster pace. I am concerned that you have pertussis. I have heard that some of the infectious diseases that once were eradicated are on the come back because of parents electing not to have their kids vaccinated (Mimi's situ not withstanding).

Take care!

Anonymous said...

For good fella that lives in a supposedly great place with freshness at the fingertips, you are the sickest group I know. I live in the frigid midwest and seriously cannot rememeber the last time I was ill or missed a service because of traffic or parking. Perhaps a change of venue. You know, that cold temperature is a killer (of a lot of germs) Cold weather is good for lung ailments BTW.