Thursday, January 9, 2020

The shot and relief

GENERALLY SPEAKING, I do not want to go to the doctor. Ever. For anything. But sometimes you gotta swallow your pride and your fear and just do it.

I started feeling crappy Monday morning and by Monday night, a nasty cold bug settled in and started wreaking havoc. You know the symptoms - sore throat, stuffy nose, chills and fatigue. By Tuesday it was really awful and I'm not sure how I made it through a whole day of lessons.

Wednesday morning Sheryl looked at me and said, "You need to see the doctor about this. You have two more full days of lessons and shows this weekend. Go. Now!"

In other words, get off your ass and quit being so stubborn and see if they can help. Why is this such a hard concept?

Well, I rarely get sick, and I have this silly notion that I can beat back any kind of illness with the help of vitamins and probiotics. Wrong, wrong, WRONG. (This time.)

I went to Quincy Medical Group's Urgent Care. I waited 20 minutes. They took me to a back room. The nurse took some vital signs. The doctor came in and looked at my throat and recoiled in horror saying, "Wow. That's an angry mess!" That's code for "you have an infection inside your face and you better do something about it."

He said I could start on antibiotics and start feeling better in a day or so. Or I could get a shot and take antibiotics to start feeling better right away. Hmmmm ..... why did I even think about it for more than a second?

I got the shot. I got my antibiotics. I went home and fell asleep for an hour. I woke up, and .... Geesh. I felt so much better. Amazing!

I have a ways to go. But I'm on the road to recovery and I'm amazed what modern medicine can do. Why are men in general so stupid and stubborn about getting help?

The bug is going around the Q-Town right now. Don't try to fight it on your own if you don't have to. Listen to your body, and get help. Men, please listen to your wives.

You'll feel so much better and you'll wonder why you waited.

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