I ended up in the Emergency Room last night because I felt like my throat was swelling and I couldn’t breathe. Not an allergic reaction type thing.. but irritation from all the unproductive coughing this cold is putting me though. I wasn’t sure about going in, because I wasn’t sure what they could do to help, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sleep past the coughing fits anyway..
I was surprised to find out that they took me seriously, and since I have this awful sounding cough, I got to skip ahead of some other “non-emergent” people.. Must have been a good night in the ER because every nurse I saw and the doctor were so sweet and helpful.. After the doctor listened to my lungs, and had her student nurse listen (since it’s a teaching hospital), I was told that I would be getting a course of albuterol breathing treatments, and a five day course of antibiotics and steroids. They would have preferred to have a chest x-ray done, but said I was too far into my pregnancy for that to be safe for the baby. Instead it was decided to treat for whooping cough and/or pneumonia and/or bronchitis, because treatment for all three is the same at that point. I also got to hear baby boy’s heartbeat and helped one nurse teach a student nurse how to best use a doppler.
I should get the test results back for bronchitis/whooping cough on Friday.. although I’m not sure how. I guess I’ll call into the ER and ask. Was also told that I needed to cancel my OB appointment for this morning because I needed to consider myself “highly contagious” for five days while I finish the z-pack of antibiotics. I left feeling like I could breathe a little easier, but was extremely amped up feeling thanks to the albuterol. They weren’t kidding when they said it would make my heart race! And it continued to have spells of racing all through the night.
I wish I could say I was feeling miraculously better this morning, but I’m not. I wasn’t able to sleep last night because every time I would start to fall asleep, another coughing fit would strike and wake me up again. *sighs* I know how silly it must sound to whine about sleepless nights now, when soon I’ll have a newborn keeping me up all night, but this cold is eating up my last few weeks of freedom.