But Wait! There’s More!

When we last left our hero, he was recovering from what was purported to be a case of pertussis followed by an ear infection. If you thought story ended here, you would be wrong.

The Health Center wanted me to come back in today or tomorrow so that they could make sure my lungs were clearing up and that my ear infections were on their way to recovery.

We ended up getting out of class a bit early today, so I went over to the Health Center to get checked out. Well, my lungs ended up sounding worse, the nurse practitioner even left me listen to them.

It was time for a chest X-ray.

I was sent over the ImmediaCare Urgent Care Clinic where they listened to me breath some more and then took pictures of my chest. Another doctor (well, he was actually an EMT) came in and also listened to my breathing. There was some chatter in the hallway and then they determined through some sort of scientific means that I had Pneumonia.

They put me on a nebulizer for about twenty minutes and then discharged me with three (!) short-term (i.e. 10 day) prescriptions. So I’ll be enjoying Avelox, Prednisone, and ProAir HFA.

So, with a confirmed diagnosis, I really should be getting better now.

Also, next time I get sick, I’ll be taking bets on what the final diagnosis is.

Image source: MedVarsity: Chest X Ray AP&lateral views showing pneumonic consolidation in Rt Lower lobe. So no, not the actual picture of my lungs.

The Fun Continues

I went back into the health center today because I was vomiting again (I basically cough so much/hard that I end up throwing up). They think that I might have had Pertussis, which the aforementioned regimen of Azithromycin would’ve taken care of.

New symptom now though! Clogging of the ears and sometimes a ringing in the left ear. Conclusion? Ear infection! Oh man, how lucky am I?

Another round of antibiotics, Amoxicillin this time. It should also help clear the rest of my lungs out – since they’re still sounding a bit weezy. In any event, I should starting feel significantly better within 48 hours.