Continuing with the gratefulness theme this month, today I'm thankful for urgent care clinics. I am one of those people who doesn't get sick often, but when I do, it's something crazy or mysterious or just ridiculously annoying.
My current ailment falls into the annoying category. Back in May, I was giving a presentation at a local school for work and started feeling really tired, then lightheaded/dizzy, then nauseated, and then my right ear decided to close up. I was diagnosed with eustachian tube dysfunction, given some prescription nasal spray and an antibiotic and sent on my way. I started feeling better within two days. There were a few days since then that my ear felt a little wonky, but a few squirts of the nasal spray usually cleared it right up.
Last Monday, I experienced quite a bit of sinus discomfort (probably because the weather here can't make up its mind -- hot then cold then really cold, then hot again) and the same ear clogged again -- and clogged up so well that I've been having trouble hearing. I haven't had any nausea and just a tiny bit of dizziness, but the hearing thing is bugging the crap out of me. I do ok if I'm in a room by myself, like if I'm watching TV or talking with another person. But put me in a room full of people and can barely stand it. The quiet roar is unsettling, and I'm unable to hear the person sitting next to me. Plus there's a quiet ringing sound. Have I mentioned that it's annoying?
I tried everything I could think of to get it to go away. I've shot so much nasal spray up my nose that I've probably annhilated several brain cells. Sinus meds didn't work. Mucous relief pills didn't work. I tried ibuprofen to try to relieve any inflammation. I bought the saline rinse and shot salt water into my sinus cavities (I would have used a neti pot, if Walmart had had one in stock. Stupid Walmart). I've blown my nose dry. Nothing worked.
So today I admitted defeat and went to the local urgent care facility. The staff there saw me quickly and set me up with a prescription for an antibiotic (this time it's a sinus infection). I experienced a bit of sticker shock at the pharmacy when they informed me the prescription nasal spray was $110 (I'm enrolled in an unusual health insurance program that carries a really high deductible). I mean, really? One hundred and ten dollars to spray some junk up my nose? Stuff that I can get over the counter for a few dollars? Fortunately I had some of the said nasal spray left over from my previous bout, so I told the pharmacy to keep it. One hundred and ten dollars! For NASAL SPRAY! Health care reform, anyone?
Anyway. I realize this post is probably a snooze-fest. But it's late, and I'm trying to finish out NaBloPoMo as best as I can since I missed last week. I'm grateful for health care clinics that are open after work hours, and am hoping that when I wake up in the morning I will be able to hear again.