In early March of 2013, I came down with what I thought was a mild cold. My four children had been sick with varying degrees of upper respiratory viruses so I wasn’t concerned about myself at all. After a week or so, breathing was becoming more and more difficult, so I went to urgent care where I was prescribed 10 days of Augmentin and a five day course of prednisone. I wasn’t surprised that my asthma seemed to be flaring…that was normal for me. I found it odd that I was so fatigued all the time that I couldn’t even really get out of bed. I just figured, “Wow, being almost 40 really makes a difference!” When I was still just as sick (and coughing even more constantly) ten days later, my urgent care doc ordered bloodwork, including cocci, and referred me to a pulmonologist, who was able to get me in within the same week.
While waiting for the day of my pulmo. appointment, I saw my PCP because I feared my asthma was becoming worse. He listened to me and assured me that I was breathing fine and was in no immediate danger (which the pulmo. also confirmed). My PCP was quite certain my cocci test would be negative and that I just needed to get my asthma under control. I completely agreed. I still thought it was odd that even codeine and hydrocodone cough syrups weren’t really touching the constant, dry, tight cough I was experiencing. I actually would have to take one of those and Delsym or Robitussin to get any reprieve, even a short one.
On “pulmo-day” I totally expected to get a few new asthma meds and be sent on my way. My cocci result was still outstanding so the pulmo’s office called the lab and found out I was positive and said that titers were being done. I was told it’d be at least another 3-4 days before final results were in.
The pulmo. prescribed 400mg daily of fluconazole and put me on Advair and a longer course of oral steroids. He told me to nebulize myself with albuterol and atrovent at at least twice a day and to drink as much water and rest as much as possible. He said I’d likely be fine within 6-12 months and that we’d know more once we had the titers back.
I’ll be going back for some respiratory function tests and a C/T scan at some point, but we’re still waiting for titers.
The more days pass waiting for titers, the more frightened I become. The stronger the disease is, the longer it takes for the test to conclue. The stronger it is, the greater risk for dissemination.
Since I’m a type 2 diabetic with poorly controlled blood glucose levels (I’m on 2000mg of metformin for PCOS and it barely improves my BGL) I’m in a higher risk group for dissimmination. I’ve asked my PCP to add another oral diabetes med to my regime, so that I can give myself a better fighting chance over here.
Currently still in a holding pattern and I don’t like it!