So for about two years now I’ve had this cough that comes and goes. It’s not productive, not wheezy–just really annoying. It starts as a tickle in my throat, and then I cough for a few seconds. At times, when my allergies are really bad, I might cough hundreds of times a day for weeks. Sometimes I’ll go for months without being bothered by it.
My mom has had a similar cough for the last several years. Well, she found out in December that she had a tumor on her thyroid that they suspected was cancerous (it turned out it wasn’t), and had it removed. Her cough has almost entirely disappeared.
A few weeks ago, when I was coughing so bad that blood was coming up–and Ian threatened to throw me out of the house–I decided maybe it was time to go see a doctor. Plus, I’d been feeling generally shitty since winter ended, and suspected my allergies were working overtime.
I went to my primary care physician, and he said my thyroid felt normal and not to worry there (I still worry a bit, I can’t help it). He did say that he suspected allergies–bad ones. I got a cortisone shot and a referral to an ENT.
Oh, let me just tell you about the fun times I had at the ENT Wednesday. I have a pretty bad stomach thanks to all the acid it produces (I was born a worrier and baptized Catholic, what can I say?), and he was concerned that some of the acid was coming back up my throat when I lay down at night. He just wanted to take a look-sie.
WITH A SCOPE THAT HE SHOVED UP MY NOSE AND THEN RIGHT DOWN MY THROAT.
Yes, I thought it was a roundabout way to look down my throat, too. Couldn’t he have just asked me to open my mouth?
Well, he didn’t see any scarring in my throat, which I thought was awesome, but he was still concerned about the cough (which, by the way, has gone back into “minor nuisance” mode the last week) so I have to go on Tuesday morning for a CT scan of my sinuses. I told him as long as it didn’t involve him shoving probes up my nose to get to my throat I didn’t care what the fuck he recommended.
But I can tell you this: Whatever he says is the problem (shitty sinuses is what he is thinking right now), I will NOT have sinus surgery. Never mind the fact that my surgery last summer filled my “surgeries I want to have in a lifetime” quota, I have not heard one damn person say they have been cured by sinus surgery. One of my friends has had it twice and her sinuses are still all fucked up. I’ve heard that if you have allergies, there’s nothing the surgery will do for you, so you might as well get shots. I would consider allergy shots. I would also consider taking cough syrup every day for the rest of my life. There is no fucking way I am having someone poke around in cavities in my head that are so close to my brain. Especially after someone at work told me a story about a doctor poking a hole through to some guy’s brain and his spinal fluid leaking out his nose, and now he has seizures. Fuck that.
On second thought, my cough is NOT that big of a deal. I’m just going to run to the store for some more cough drops.