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Opportunistic bacterial infection [Jul. 24th, 2009|11:38 am]
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This has been an awful week for me, in just about every facet.

Monday I arrived for work, blissfully unaware that my vocal cords had been rendered almost unusable by the laryngitis infection. I could barely speak at all, but because I live alone and don't talk to anyone until leaving the house my vocal cords didn't get any use until that point.

My manager (the good one, not the one I was working for 3 years ago) is on leave all this week and it was my responsibility to look after everything in his absence. There were two very important and urgent tasks that needed to be done, and they should have been very simple...


...both went belly-up. The first involved having one of the clients sign a letter. Instead, the client waited until the manager had gone on leave and only then asked a lot of petty-minded questions which my limited experience with the company couldn't answer. The other involved some spreadsheet data that I was preparing for another client. I received conflicting data from offices in different capital cities and needed to verify what was going on. I've been trying to keep in touch with my office via E-mail, and it sounds as if neither of these issues has been resolved. There's nothing I hate more than when something simple goes wrong.

Tuesday morning the infection had spread to my lungs and head. I visited the medical centre and was prescribed Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) along with standard cold & flu remedy (plus the common sense approach of plenty of fluids and vitamin C).

The rest of this week I've been trying to recuperate in my apartment, however "rest" just hasn't been possible because once again there are renovations being performed somewhere in the building. The noise of power tools grinding into the walls has been an irritating constant, apart from Wednesday when for some reason there was a respite. I've also been waking up in the middle of the night with a high fever and coughing until I've nearly choked.

I've just now come back from the medical centre again where they've determined that an opportunistic bacterial infection has invaded my sinuses, hence the headache and vile odour in my nostrils that smells like chlorine. So now on top of the Tamiflu I've also been prescribed Amoxycillin & Potassium Clavulanate, and Dihydrocodene Tartrate the latter of which I hope will help me to sleep.

On top of my health and work-related woes, this experience has been an expensive one because of the two visits to the medical centre (AUD$30.00 each) and all the pharmaceuticals, the extra juice I've bought for the occasion, and the takeaway & home delivered meals on the days I've been not well enough to cook for myself.

Sheesh! Who'd be a suburbanite by choice?

[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2009-07-24 02:23 am (UTC)
I'd rather be on the edge of an urban area or an inner suburb (the older ones built just after the war that are closer to town).

Wow, you're a walking medicinal alphabet. Hope you're coming back to the land of the living.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-07-24 02:49 am (UTC)
dhlawrence said:"Wow, you're a walking medicinal alphabet.",
Not really, I'm just copying the long words off the packaging. :)

Hopefully after a decent couple of days rest I'll be feeling better. In a tower block renovations are forbidden on weekends, so finally there will be some peace and quiet!
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2009-07-24 03:17 am (UTC)
That's what I meant--too many letters in those names :P

That's a relief. Stock up on night-night pills before Monday!
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-07-24 01:05 pm (UTC)
hugs from up north
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-07-24 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks Alaskawolf. *Hug* (Holding breath so as not to contaminate AW).
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-07-26 02:44 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm too far away to send anything but well-wishes...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-07-26 08:43 pm (UTC)
That's plenty Old Wolf. No matter how far away it's been very comforting to know that there are a number of people who have been concerned about me and have sent their best wishes.

I haven't heard from you in a while. How have you been?
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-07-27 03:49 am (UTC)

Thanks for asking - I'm well. I went to Sonoma (just north of San Francisco) to staff one of these - second time I've been there, it's a great experience - and then went down to San Diego to attend a day of ComicCon, and re-connect with some friends along the way, one whom I haven't seen for decades. It was a great trip.

Back now, at least for a little while.

Hope things improve over on your side...

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