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Struggling, but Alive

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Folks, I am dealing with some health issues that aren’t getting much better (despite all my trying, and despite the intervention of the most thorough allergy doctor I’ve ever known). This is the main reason I haven’t blogged much in the past week. (Hell, make it more like the last year, and you’d probably be closer to right.)

I get to trot off to the urgent care clinic in the morning, again, in the hopes they can do something — anything — to help me.

Note that I called my own doctor’s office three times in the past week, and tried to talk with a nurse about two things: this lingering illness, and whether or not I can get a Covid booster shot while I’m ill. (Most people say no. Now I’m going to have to ask them in urgent care about that, too.)

Urgent care clinics have been overwhelmed since the pandemic, because of doctors elsewhere being asked to do too much (so the urgent care clinics also get to do way too much, as crap runs downhill), and also because no one seems to know much about what policies any given clinic should have. (Some doctors are flexible. Some aren’t. My own primary care doc seems to be on the less flexible side, but it may be that people are out due to the pandemic and again are being asked to do way too much.)

I feel sorry for the urgent care folks. Truly, I do. I agree with them that they should not be having to see me so often, and that someone, anyone else should’ve responded this past week (so maybe I’d have had antibiotics earlier this week; this has to be bacterial in origin as it’s gone on for much of the past year, and it does respond to antibiotics, as viruses do not).

But as they’re the only game in town on the weekend, and as I continue to be so ill that I can barely hold my head up, I’m going to have to force myself out there in the morning.

Wish me luck with this nonsense, will you?

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 5, 2021 at 1:45 am

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  1. So sorry you’re going through this. I hope these issues are resolved for you soon.
    These are frustrating times!.


    December 5, 2021 at 5:26 am

    • Thanks, Annabelle. Yes, these definitely are frustrating times.

      I didn’t rest well until late — which makes sense as I’m usually up until the very early morning, thinking, writing and editing — and then slept too late for the early urgent care closing times today. (One closes at 2. The other closes at 4. But since I am closer to a vampire in habits — without the bloodsucking, natch! 😉 — I had to rest as long as I could before getting up again, or I’d not be safe to drive. I am now up and safe to drive, but they are closed…so I will try again tomorrow, when the clinics are all open until 8 p.m.)

      Barb Caffrey

      December 5, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      • I hope you’ve managed to get to the clinic by now.


        December 9, 2021 at 10:19 am

      • They just told me they think it’s allergies and asthma exacerbation, and sent me right home again. 😦

        Barb Caffrey

        December 12, 2021 at 2:43 am

  2. I truly hope you’re soon over whatever this is and back to your old self. Sending you cyber hugs!

    Kayelle Allen

    December 5, 2021 at 7:19 am

    • Thank you, Kayelle. I want to be well, too. I have to get back to some baseline of health so I can edit and write and continue to comment on whatever I feel the need to comment on. 🙂

      I hope you and your husband are doing well.

      Barb Caffrey

      December 5, 2021 at 5:55 pm

  3. Take care.

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    December 5, 2021 at 10:34 am

  4. Sorry I missed this first time around.
    I do hope you managed to get some benefit from the visit to the doctor’s and are feeling better.
    Best wishes


    December 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    • Thank you, Roger. I appreciate the sentiment.

      So far, the doctors mostly seem to be all pointing at each other. There is some small improvements from the meds the allergist put me on last month, and I’m to see her again in about a week. But I still feel terrible, I do not know why, and I wish I did so I could do something about it.

      Barb Caffrey

      December 12, 2021 at 2:44 am

      • I can understand that Barb, Sheila suffers with IBS and there simply is no easy answer for that either.
        I will be thinking of you.


        December 12, 2021 at 3:57 am

      • Thanks, Roger. About to write another blog on the subject.

        Barb Caffrey

        December 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

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