PLAYING DOCTOR WITH MYSELF

If you’ve seen me the last couple of days, you no doubt have realized I have continued to be hampered by a nagging, sometimes violent cough. The cough is worse at night, though it can be bad at any time of the day. When it gets body-shaking, I just have to let it run its course until my body settles down. This of course, points towards another visit to the doctor, and in fact, I did want to go as early as Thursday night. We are of course in the middle of a four-day weekend, so the on-campus clinic is closed. Much as I dislike self-diagnosing my own medical problems, I am without another option, short of visiting the emergency room (which I am not prepared to do).

Using my razor sharp mind, I noticed that many of my symptoms are shared by allergic reactions to pollen and dust. In fact, in the last two years, I have developed allergies to things I have never had problems with before. So, my thinking is that my cold has actually gone away, but my recurring symptoms, cough and slight nasal congestion, have been brought about by allergies due to some unfortunate timing.

Going on this assumption, I went to the drug store today to buy a package of Aerius, an antihistamine which just recently switched over from a prescription-only drug to over-the-counter. On the package itself, one of the symptoms it purports to treat is coughs due to allergies. It’s a one-a-day pill, and I’ve just taken mine for the day.

I’m hoping this will offer some relief to my coughing because it’s really affected my day to day life. No matter what happens, I think it would be wise for me to see the doctor again on Tuesday. Hey, I just noticed something… these pills are blue and small… just like Viagra.

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