Cough. Cough.

Cough. Cough.
I’m not getting better. The cough that started eleven days ago is still here, and it’s even worse. I have to take codeine every night in order to sleep (and I wake up and start coughing the second it wears off). My neck and shoulders have been sore all week from the coughing, so I’ve had a persistent tension headache too. My voice quality has varied from almost normal to nearly gone. I’m currently running a slight fever. Oh, and I’m 2/3 of the way through the antiobiotics my doctor prescribed, and they’re clearly not helping. I’m miserable.

I’ve got an appointment to see another doctor tomorrow. I could have walking pneumonia. I could have swine flu. Who the hell knows. Each day this goes on, I can feel the chances of me actually running the half-marathon in three weeks slipping away.

Edited to add: I’ve also just been reminded that NSW is currently having a whooping cough epidemic. “Adults often just have an ongoing cough without the whoop.” Great.


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  1. Oh Kris, that sucks. I hope you don’t have whooping cough, I had it as a teenager and it was miserable. Get better soon.

  2. swine flu isn’t that bad. trust me.

  3. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. Sounds to me like you have some sort of respiratory viral infection…(the antibiotics should have helped already if it were something bacterial, i.e. whooping cough).

    Don’t stress out too much about your race, it’s a setback but if you get over this cough within a week or so (fingers crossed!) you’ll be okay, time-wise.

  4. I’m feeling better today… About to head to the doctor.

  5. You should have a baby or something. We had the vaccination for whooping cough a few months ago as part of the preparation for parenting.

  6. Oh thank god. If I do have it, you guys were the ones I was most worried about infecting! I’m sure I breathed all over you guys at the wedding.

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