6 June 2007
I visited my new “primary care physician” today. Like most men, I don’t go to the doctor unless I absolutely have to. In the last couple years I have visited the “sports medicine” specialists more frequently, but those probably qualify as “absolutely have to” visits… like for example being unable to walk due to a calcaneus stress fracture. So today, after about 4 weeks of fighting a cold that I believed had developed into something worse, I finally broke down to visit a “general internist”… a regular ol’ Doc!
The news was good… I mean relatively. First of all, I didn’t want him to just say “you have a cold, you whimp, why are you wasting my time?!” so the fact that he said I had a mild ear infection and an extremely congested ear canal made me at least feel better that I did have a reason to visit him.
What I didn’t like was his advice, and I will admit now that I think there’s very little chance I’m going to follow it precisely. Specifically, he had the audacity to suggest that I should “not exercise for the next week”, what?!?!?! you’ve got to me kidding me! It can’t be done.
I think I convinced him that if I “took it easy” that I’d still be giving my body a chance to recover, without completely shutting down exercise all together. Plus I will try extra hard to get a full 7 hours of sleep each day instead of my typical 4-5 hours.
He prescribed a 7 day course of antibiotics, and encouraged me to use the 12 hour (120mg) Sudafed, as well as a nasal spray decongestant. He also had the nurse/assistant do a deep ear canal cleaning to remove wax from my infected ear.
Here’s to hoping I can kick this thing soon.