Well, it’s official–as of last Monday at the ER, two days ago–after some med tests, I have full on bronchitis. As if the sore throat, fever, coughing, sneezing, & breathing difficulties weren’t a clue. Hm! SOSA and asthma girl here. Though my symptoms started last Thursday. So on Wednesday, today, I am actually at day 7.
Although, the spiking fevers are an unexpected symptom. Who knew? And spiking as in lasting from 12noon to at least 11:45pm as I write this Tuesday night. Whereas, over last weekend, the fevers would only last for about 30 minutes at a pop, occurring over several hours.
So I have been looking for ways to cool off–in addition to trying to improve my breathing, and therefore my sleeping. Lowering our home’s temperature and putting on the ceiling fan and floor box fans have helped. And I’m also hoping that the five day antibiotic pills, the steroid pills, nebulizer treatments, and using my rescue inhaler in between will help.
But especially with Tuesday’s nearly all day fever marathon, I had to use cold paks on my face continuously to try to cool off–rotating two cold paks so that I always had a cold pak on my face.
And somehow this image (below) of a Richard Armitage selfie via RCArmitage tweet with meat on his face came to mind:
Gosh! I sure hope that he cooked and ate that meat by its sell by date.
I also thought of dousing my head with the shower hose in my bathroom. Although I already had one shower and shampoo this morning–and I didn’t relish having to detangle my shoulder length wet hair again, and then blow dry it again (with heat, which seemed counter productive).
And then these Richard Armitage wet images (below) also came to mind as well:
in a 2007 promo shared at RANet (click on the gallery)
in a 2008ish RH2, epi3 image of Richard as Sir Guy of Gisborne also shared at RANet (click on the gallery)
There were a few other wet Richard shots of him as Captain Ian and as Lucas North in my picture archives. But my goal is to cool down, not over heat more. Ha!
Unfortunately, bronchitis takes several weeks to recover from. And as of Wednesday, I’m going to be working back in my office–wearing a mask–rather than working from home as I did since last Friday. Healing is a marathon, not a sprint.
So I welcome any cooling suggestions–with Richard or not–that you might have. Cheers!
P.S.1. And unlike me, don’t wait to seek medical attention when your symptoms are severe, as mine were/are. Some things can’t be cured with home remedies, and you’re just delaying your recovery by not getting medicines that will jump start your recovery. I should have gone to see the doctor on last Saturday. Lesson learned by me on that one.
P.S. 2. And happily, the nice Admitting guy at the ER suggested that he can bill me for my $250 insurance copay for my hospital ER visit–so I can pay for it on my next paycheck. Thanks goodness for my employer co-sponsored health insurance!