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guess what? I have strep throat AGAIN!

and I'm really pissed about it.

some of you might remember that I missed the pi day party we were having at work because of strep. the party was on a friday. the thursday before, my throat hurt really bad, but I pushed through the day until an afternoon doctor appointment, where they tested me and said right away I had strep and should not be in public for 24 hours.

I was really sad about missing the party, posted online saying "can't I still go to work, I'll be on antibiotics for 12 hours!" but too many friends said NO, strep is very contagious and dangerous, do not work.

megabummer. but at least the antibiotics knocked it out, I felt better almost immediately.

flash forward to last sunday. I had a sore throat. it got worse throughout the day. we were out driving home on a long trip, but it felt so bad that when we got home I told marc I wanted to go to immediate care. I told them my story about having strep two months ago and this felt kinda the same, my temp was only 99 and they swabbed my throat and did a rapid test and it came back negative. the doctor said it was probably a virus, and it'd hurt, so take ibuprofin and allergy pills and tough it out.


it got to feeling worse. tuesday I felt like every time I swallowed, someone jabbed a knife through my tonsils into my right ear. I called the doctor I'd been to sunday to see if there were any more test results, and they said, "Oh nothing back yet, that other culture we do takes a while, call back... friday? come in if you get a high fever."

FRIDAY? I was in pain! I asked if I could do another rapid test in case the first one just didn't catch it, she said "uh well that's your choice, but if you don't have a high fever it's probably not strep."

wednesday late in the afternoon they called me. culture was back. I totally have strep.

so I'm back on Amoxicillin.

and fuck it I'm going to work too because I've been going to work ALL WEEK! If strep is so horribly dangerous that you should not be in public with it, why do those rapid tests suck so much? I've exposed the world already! if anything I'll be SAFER tomorrow, since I'll have had some doses of antibiotics, and at least one doctor friend of mine told me 12 hours was really enough.

I am sad that I got reinfected too, and really hope this doesn't become a pattern this year. infect me with strep once, joke's on you. infect me twice, well... that sucks.

I will say that if they'd told me sunday that I'd have to miss work monday, things would have been bad. I took vacation friday and everything hit the fan. I got calls on saturday, on vacation in another town, in a busy bass pro shop chasing a toddler, I was explaining some changes to a project manager. and monday everything was weirder and we had to throw all these giant schedules together, "here's your assignment, due in four hours" sort of stuff, I had to be there. there are weeks that aren't so bad to miss, but in the last few days, well they were bad days to miss.

so I was THERE dammit, in pain but doing it, and washing my hands. a LOT.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 14th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
My doctor told me (after I had recurring strep infections) that if you still have your tonsils, they can sometimes act as a reservoir of tiny bits of strep bacteria. He finally left me on amoxicillin for longer than the usual course and that took care of it. It's nothing to screw around with, especially if you had rheumatic fever in the past.
May. 14th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm a bad citizen, but if I wasn't tired I'd totally be living my normal life.
May. 14th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, I hope you can kick it for once and for all. It is awful to have strep.
May. 14th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think those speedier doses of antibiotics they do now are not really enough to kill off all the bacteria. The strongest ones survive, and then next time, you get even sicker. Strep can turn serious, I would speak to my doctor about a longer course of meds.
May. 14th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ugh I hope it goes away! :(
May. 14th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
There's Definitely strep going around right now. Even my boss had it and he never gets sick.
May. 15th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm still mad you missed that pi day! And. Your immune system is perfectly good at eradicating strep without antibiotics. The only reason we give antibiotics for it at all is to lessen the chances of the rare side effects of strep infection like rheumatic fever. There's a chance you're a carrier, but I'd say it's more likely that it's an expected result of having two young children (and working around a bunch of people who undoubtedly have young children also).
May. 15th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hope you get over it soon. I had recurring strep as a child. Ugh. (Still have my tonsils, though.)
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