Well, it has been over 2 weeks since I first got my cold...you know, your typical cough and hack, runny nose type cold. The first week went by and it got pretty rough with the cough, enough that for 3 nights straight I couldn't really sleep, so I went to the doctor to get some good presription cough medicine... we decided at the time to bypass the antibiotics. Well, about 4 days later I went back to the doctor to have a mole removed and she noticed the cough was still there, I told her that it was getting a lot better since I had seen her before, so again we decided on no antibiotics. DUMB DUMB decision on my part... 2 days after I went, the cough came back but this time worse.
Friday night came around and as I was trying to go to sleep I found out that I was having a really hard time breathing... It just felt like an elephant was sitting on my lungs! So after taking more cough syrup I finally was able to sleep, but I knew I had to go to the doctor in the morning.
So Saturday rolls around and I go to Urgent Care, after listening to my lungs, the doctor decided I needed a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia! He told me he was sure I had a mild case of it going on by listening to my lung sounds... So chest x-ray now done, he comes over and lets me know that he didn't see how my lungs could be so clear considering how they sounded... so to put the story short... by passing the first (2)time(s) around on the antibiotics, I got myself into a mess that required a chest x-ray, a PAINFUL, BURNING shot of antibiotics in the butt, a nebulizer treatment at Urgent Care before I left, and prescriptions for Albuterol, a major strong antibiotic and more cough syrup with codiene in it... .and permission to use ibuprofen for pain....Maybe, I will have learned my lesson for next time... (fingers crossed...)