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Dx: Sinusitis February 19, 2010

Posted by futurenightnurse in General, Student Life.
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Last weekend was brutal. Right after my hospital hours on Friday I came home, showered, barely ate dinner, and crashed on the couch. My body was just so tired of me pushing it while it was telling me to rest, so rest I did.

I’d been “sick” for a couple weeks by then. I saw a doc on Thursday (not MY doc ’cause she was off that day) who told me it was “just a cold” and gave me a list of OTC meds I could take to relieve symptoms. (Gee thanks.) I went in to the hospital feeling ok the next day, though I was on Tylenol and Sudafed to kill my sinus pain. By the end of the day I wanted to take a tube, stick into my face, and attach it to suction. (Note: Don’t actually go and do this!)

So back to the weekend… I slept early Friday (was in and out during the Olympics’ opening ceremony–it was gorgeous btw!). I slept most of Saturday and Sunday. By Monday, I was starting to get better. By “better” I mean I didn’t feel a need to sleep all day. (Thank goodness for the 3-day weekend!) 

Tuesday, I went to see the doctor. MY doctor this time. She actually listened to me list my worsening symptoms over the past 2 1/2 weeks. Imagine that. Listening to the patient. (I love my doc!) She prescribed me some antibiotics for the sinusitis, told me my lungs don’t sound like it’s gotten to bronchitis yet. YET. She also gave me a script for prednisone to help relieve the inflammation and allow me to breathe better (I have asthma normally controlled with an inhaled steroid, but lately have been needing my rescue inhaler too). I’m to continue the Tylenol and Sudafed, PRN, and take guiafenesin (an expectorant) to thin out my mucus. Yum.

Today, I still have sinus pain, but it’s bearable. I contacted my preceptor last night and asked if I should come in today, and she told me to rest. I wonder though if it’s due to me being sick (protect patients) or me being on prednisone (protect me). Maybe both? Anyway, I’ll have to make up those hours…

As it is I’m playing catch-up with my homework because, as you know, when you’re a nursing student there’s no time to be sick. *sigh*

Today’s tip: Don’t get sick.

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1. wilomis - February 19, 2010

You are absolutely right about the “don’t get sick.” There is a girl in my program that had to withdraw because she has ringworm and is not allowed to be in a clinical environment…. that sucks…

futurenightnurse - February 19, 2010

That does suck… I wonder, will she get to continue with a different cohort after it goes away?

2. wilomis - February 19, 2010

ps… feel better

futurenightnurse - February 19, 2010

lol thanks!

3. Itsjustme - February 19, 2010

That doesn’t sound good at all. I hope you get some more rest (as much as you can between studying) and start feeling better soon.

futurenightnurse - February 20, 2010

Thanks! I’m getting there. =)

4. Laney - February 20, 2010

Ugh, that’s the worst!…I hope you feel better soon. Bright side? At least you don’t have ringowrm!
=]

futurenightnurse - February 20, 2010

lol thanks, Ms. Optimist! =)


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