Friday, April 13, 2007

A new way of seeing

I was a very healthy child and rarely ever got sick. That actually kind of sucked since I didn't get out of school very often, but now I look back on those days and think "if only".

I didn't develope allergies until I was in my 20's, and they've progressively gotten worse over the years. The last 3 weeks or so have been the worst I've ever experienced. Sneezing, itchy eyes the whole bit. Yesterday afternoon my eyes itched so bad I could barely stand it and by the time I was heading home (well, to Mom's to take care of the cat and then to visit Dad) I felt like there was a small pebble lodged in my eye. It kept moving around on me, but I never did find anything. By the time I made it to Dad's I realized that I had some sort of an eye infection. By the time I made it home (about 9:00) I was miserable.

This morning my eye was just about swollen shut, but it actually felt better - not really itching anymore. I went to the health clinic because I was pretty sure that I had pink eye for the very first time in my life. The doctor confirmed it and said that it was caused by the allergies and admonished me to not let them get so bad next time.

I don't take anything for my allergies because I have high-blood pressure and I can't take most cold medicines because of it. I always assumed (ass u me) that carried over to allergy medicine too and so I've always just suffered through it. He gave me a script for some eye drops, an antibiotic, some allergy medicine, and a decongestant.

I went to the pharmacy after leaving the clinic to get the eye drops and the antibiotic. Wanna know how much I paid for 6, count them - 6!, GENERIC antibiotics? $50.00. Amazing.

So now I'm wondering, could I have skipped the doctor, saved some money, and just let this thing clear up on it's own?

In other news - I got the results from my second pap back - NORMAL again. Thank God. I've worried an amazing amount about these things. Not between tests, but once they've done the test and I'm waiting for the results I'm a nervous wreck.

The next issue is going to be that I don't think I'm ovulating. That stupid test line will get almost as dark as the reference line, and then the next day it's barely visible. I don't know if I'm just somehow missing the surge or if I'm not ovulating. I guess when I go back in July I'll ask about starting on Clomid to see if that helps.

Isn't there a simple blood test to check fertility? Maybe I should do that? At least then I'd know.


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