Tuesday, January 10, 2006

And I've Got The Note To Prove It 

Spent the day at a series of medical errands, from doctor's office to pharmacy to nearby hospital for X-rays (to rule out pneumonia; results tomorrow).

Diagnosis so far: a severely contagious and long-lasting acute asthmatic bronchitis.

Now I'm sequestered home until next Tuesday on doctor's orders, with five different kinds of meds for all sorts of primary and secondary symptoms -- from the bronchial wheeze to the starburst headaches and gushing nosebleeds I get from coughing too hard.

As an added bonus, according to the nurse practitioner, I have now officially quit smoking whether I like it or not. I think her actual words were "Unless you want to spend the rest of your life on oxygen and steroids, you just smoked your last cigarette."

Let's see...a pack and a half a day times 18 years...carry the one...yeah, that sounds about right. 197,100 cigarettes and I'll be stopping just like that. No problem, hun.

Congratulations accepted in the comments below. What with the usual symptoms of cold turkey quitting, the uppers and downers in the meds, and my 33rd birthday on Sunday, it's going to be a pretty odd week from here.

posted by boyhowdy | 6:51 PM |

Dear Josh,


All you have to do now is not have a cigarette. I'm sure you can do it. Let me know if you need any help.

I am sorry to hear your not feeling well. My husband has issues with his asthma and then getting bronchitus.... not fun at all.

I have faith in you in the quitting smoking arena... But your right, the nurses words of encouragment are something for the books. Once you quit as she suggested perhaps you can take on world peace.

Take care!
glad to see someone else quit...sorry it had to come to THAT to see ya quit, but it could've been much worse.

I've still got the hammer I used to destroy my pa's cigs with. Gimme a yell, and I'll Gallagher those cigs to a crisp.
Sounds like the perfect time to quit. It sounds as if the withdrawal symptoms will get lost in the sea of other symptoms.

And I like what the nurse said. The hammer/shock approach works better on me than touchy-feeling stuff. If I am treated as a victim, I am more likely to act like a victim (poor baby) but if I am expected to act like an adult, well, I do my darnest to do so. Sound familiar, teacher?
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