Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm Grateful: Modern Medicine

I have a rip roaring case of strep throat. It's so bad that my entire jaw hurt last night, I couldn't turn my head, and I was getting to the point where I wanted to slobber so that I didn't have to swallow. It's the worst case I've ever had.
My husband was really concerned when he looked in my throat as my airway was getting smaller and sent me to the ER. There they diagnosed me, treated me with a shot of Bicillin and a steroid, and sent me home with Vicodan for the pain.

The universal use of antibiotics didn't start until after WWII. 60 years ago, I could have died from this case of strep throat, gotten rheumatic fever or kidney disease. Strep was a killer, but now it's just something that makes you feel really bad until you get it treated.

I'm going to lay down again. I still feel pretty cruddy, though nothing like I did yesterday. I suspect tomorrow I will be better still. Yay, antibiotics!

19 comments:

Emily Joyce said...

Wow, I didn't know that about the past dangers of strep. I'm glad you've got antibiotics! Hope you start feeling better soon!

Amy said...

That you are finding a flip side to this when feeling ROUGH is admirable indeed. Get better soon!

Jamie said...

aye, strep throat and I are fast friends.
I know how you are feeling :-(
I had it so bad once, they were going to I.V. me.
Feel better fast.
jamie

Judy said...

Oh yuck! I've heard of several people getting strep this year...I had it in high school and truly hope you get better soon!

Lois Evensen said...

I hope you feel much, much better very soon.

Mariella said...

I wish you a fast recovery Erin, hope you're going to feel better soon!hugs

Debra said...

I've had three occasions in my life when, if it wasn't for modern medicine, I would not be here typing this comment. It does make you feel very grateful for modern medicine. Hope you're feeling better soon!

Cassandra Frear said...

Rest up and get well soon!

~Onreeone~ said...

Hope with each passing day you feel much better. Strep throat is as bad as an ear infection and I get both. Being sick just stinks....get well soon.

Ruth said...

feel better.

sara said...

Strep is the worst! Hope you feel better soon Erin.

Myrna R. said...

I had strep once. It was terrible. I too am grateful for modern medicine, though it can improve in some areas. But overall, its a blessing.

Feel better.

amanda {the habit of being} said...

rest and be well :)

Relyn said...

Oh man! I HATE strep throat. Feel better soon. I'll be thinking of you.

d. said...

hope you are getting well soon! yes, you´re right, i love the nature, i love all natural medicine, but i am glad we have the modern medicine for these cases!
take your time for healing, much love, d.

curious girl (lisa) said...

i hope you're feeling better for the weekend. i'm grateful for modern medicine too and that it's there for you.

shannan said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Pamela Holderman said...

oh yuck... I am so sick too and of course went to the doctors yesterday hoping for antibiotics, but no it is just a horrible bug and must run its course. we just expect to take a pill and not have to go through the valleys. too much to do and see in this life and I am having a pity party. hope you are better today!

butterflymountain said...

Feel Better Soon!
I owe my life to antibiotics. I owe my brirth to antibiotics. I know know what I am going to blog about today.
Thank you.

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