Modern medicine never ceases to amaze me.
For the last several days I’ve had some congestion and a cough that’s gotten progressively worse, so I made an appointment this morning to go into the clinic. My regular doctor wasn’t available, so I saw a young, female corpsman who, upon hearing my symptoms, told me that I either had allergies or a virus.
I said, “Yes, that’s why I’m here, because I don’t know which it is.”
Her reply was that if it’s a virus, all we can do is treat the symptoms (again, information I knew before going) and see if it runs its course in a week or two and in the meantime I can take a steroid-based nasal spray AND Mucinex* with sudefed (which knocks me for a loop) AND a cough suppressant. And if it doesn’t go away in two weeks, it’s probably allergies so I’ll have to come back and get more medicine.
I looked at her for a minute, then said, “Well, if it might be allergies, then wouldn’t it be easier if I just take an allergy medicine for a few days and see if that helps?”
After a long pause, she said, “Well, I guess that would work, too.”
So at the end of it, I’m trying a new allergy medicine. I did take the cough suppressant, though; I’ve got to sleep at night somehow, after all!
*On a side note, Mucinex is apparently the same active drug as Robitussin DM, which is the cough suppressant she gave me, but without sudafed.. so I’d have been double-dosing on it. Hmm.