Frustrated with my family doctor and the reoccurring nature of these infections, I called around and got in to an official Ear, Nose and Throat office. The PA there was wonderful, and assured me that getting infections every other week all summer is not "typical" and is in fact no way to live. I nearly burst into tears in his office. He suspected a bigger underlying problem and did blood work for strep and mono, both of which came back negative. When I was in his office, I asked him what we'd do if they both came back negative and he said, "they won't. But if they do then you need to come back in 10 days when the antibiotic is done and we will go from there." So that's the plan I guess. I'm trying to stay positive. I'm thankful that I do get almost immediate relief with antibiotics, even if temporary. And that it "goes away" with medicine apparently rules out bigger problems like cancer.
My friend and personal physician assistant Suzanne just texted me... "I bet your allergies are causing congestion which increases infection risk." Then she advised me to get a new toothbrush. I love her. I do a daily nose spray but am considering, with the ENT, a once daily like Zyrtec. Lots of people find a lot of relief from them. I personally never have-- and I have struggled with allergies since 1990 including several once dailies, two surgeries and three rounds of shots-- but I have never tried Zyrtec. There has to be more preventative things I can do rather than feel awful, take an antibiotic for 10 days and get sick a week later. I'm also considering more regular chiropractic care.
In other news, I dressed Dekker today in his birthday present from his Aunt Beth. She went to Mexico on a mission trip in March and brought back this little beauty. It's a Mexican soccer uniform. I love it, especially in the spirit of the World Cup.
Only problem was that Aunt Beth never checked out the back of it when she bought it. At least that's what she says! So enjoy the beer logo on the back side!!
And ignore the fact that my son is about to fall of the counter while I take pictures with my phone to email to myself for this blog.
I am ending with a rather lengthy note that I copied off facebook. Please check it out and pray for this family today. (click on the "more" link next to my name)
On the journey,