Thankfully the several dozen scratches on my arm have faded by lunchtime. Holding my arms out for 15 minutes while they itched sucked too. When I saw the reaction on one, I thought, hooray, we have a winner! Turned out to be the control group which should swell. Damn.
The good news. I’m not allergic to cats, dogs, dust mites (I was really worried over this but we’re undergoing a major Spring cleaning to put Alexandria back on track), mold, pollen, the usual suspects. Four candidates were tried again as minor injections into my left arm. Injections? The nurse/tech used syringes. Still passed the tests.
Then came a little video game. Blow out the virtual candles. I saw the device state at least once while I was exhaling, “cough detected.” Tell me something I didn’t know you overpriced Gameboy!
The bad news. The doctor has to now pursue the other, evasive theories: asthma despite no signs to cinch it; acid reflux (anything but that!); and a super, nasty sinus infection. I am onboard with the latter. When the weather got much colder last week, my congestion ramped up. Plus I experience enough drainage lately it makes me hoarse.
What’s the plan now? Stronger anti-biotics for 10-14 days. I do hope this works especially in light of the horror stories circulating about strains gaining immunity from our drugs. Nanobots aren’t ready to take over the job. The doctor said the new stuff is brutal so I need to eat some yogurt to replace the good things it’ll kill alongside the enemy. Works for me, I’ve recently gotten hooked on a brand which uses various Greek gods to represent the different flavors. My favorite? Let’s see if you can guess, prove how well you know me.
The anti-biotics will take around 10 days. Should this be inconclusive while I continue taking the other jazz. I may be in for a cat scan around the sinus passages. The doctor and his crew will have to go an expedition to hunt down the elusive, stubborn infection. I’m sure it’ll hurt.
Here’s to the next two weeks and modern chemistry succeeded.