I finally saw my doctor on Friday afternoon and I’ve been going back and forth (in my head) with the treatment options I left the office with. She confirmed what I suspected about my sinuses, inflamed, infected, etc. She said my inner ear has fluid in it and my glands are slightly swollen. On top of that, I gained 12 lbs over the course of the week when I ran out of my prescription diuretic. I tried the theory of drinking more water to reduce water retention, but it totally backfired and I ended up worse than before. She advised me NOT to drink excessively because my kidneys, for whatever reason, are not processing it normally even though my kidney function is normal according to blood tests and a sonogram, and my heart—thankfully—is also normal according to three EKGs and an echocardiogram. She was shocked by the high dose of diuretics prescribed by my other doctor and did not feel comfortable duplicating it. She acted as if the dosage is potentially lethal, and I suppose it could be if my electrolytes become unbalanced like they did last year in Washington DC. But those were extreme circumstances that I don’t do on a daily basis and know how to prevent in the future.
So: She suggested I take Claritin because she suspects my allergies are triggering the recurring sinus infections, but she also prescribed an antibiotic. Yeah, I’m not happy about that for a few reasons, but I filled the prescription anyway, which was completely free at the Shop Rite pharmacy! Why is that?! My symptoms have improved greatly with my home remedies, but I’ve had lingering congestion, post nasal drip, phlegm, cough, etc. She gave me a two-week antibiotic, but I haven’t taken it yet. I am probably overly paranoid about antibiotics, but they freak me out, to put it bluntly. I started taking Claritin the same day I saw her and it’s actually helped me a lot! My congestion is almost gone except when I’m outside and I have felt better when I wake up. But as soon as it (and my neti pot) wears off, the symptoms come back, so it’s probably not going to completely go away unless I bite the bullet and take the antibiotic RX. Gah!
On the water retention front, she convinced me to try a different type of RX (aldactone) that she feels more comfortable writing a high dose RX for. Downsides: SCARY SIDE EFFECTS! Hormonal changes: chance of irregular periods, deepening of the voice, enlarged breasts in MEN and women—just to name a few. Oh, and I have to watch my potassium intake. e.g., no salt substitutes or too many high potassium foods, or I could pretty much die. Wonderful. How is this different than potentially unbalanced electrolytes from the other RX? This is driving me insane. I’m doing everything that I don’t want to do. I don’t want to take more and more pills that have side effects that are worse than the underlying condition! I don’t even want to take this over-the-counter Claritin!! I didn’t read about the side effects of aldactone until after I filled the prescription. I don’t think I would have filled it if I read all of that first. In my unprofessional, unqualified, biased opinion, I think my previous prescription was a little less risky even being potentially fatal. I find balancing electrolytes to be a much easier opposition than hormonal manipulation that I may or may not need. Aldactone is used to treat people that have hyperaldesteronism (overproduction of aldesterone), which I have never been diagnosed with. I don’t know, I just don’t feel comfortable with it even though I started taking it after I got it filled. It’s not even helping. Not like my other prescription that had immediate and noticeable effects. I’m paranoid about turning into an unnaturally big-boobied freakazoid with a Barry White voice that can’t eat bananas or orange juice without worrying about death. Life… sigh. I am going to call her on Monday and express my concerns and let her know that it hasn’t helped my puffiness yet. She said to let her know if it’s not working out. I don’t know if I want to give it much time to take effect. I feel comfortable with what was working and not experimenting with drugs that may turn me into a Patty or Selma.
Dilemmas galore. The aldactone definitely has to go; the antibiotics I’m still mulling over, but the Claritin I’ll keep for awhile, I guess. Claritin is one of those OTC drugs that there is no end to. You can take it indefinitely and never cure anything. Ugh.
We hosted another yard sale yesterday. Worst one yet! This weekend our subdivision is having a community yard sale where they give out maps to houses that are participating. I think ~30 houses are involved. Well, I don’t know if it was the heavy competition or what, but we only made $24 bucks! hahaha Not even worth putting anything out for! Worst part: We had at least 60-70 people come by. That’s a terrible conversion ratio. Most people seemed to like our stuff, but apparently our prices are “ridiculous” according to one opinionated lady. Odd, we haven’t changed our prices and have had a lot of success in the previous weeks. I said from day one, we’re not selling junk. No useless knickknacks or a jack in-the-box that doesn’t pop out when you crank the handle. We’re selling things we bought and liked at some point, but no longer want. A lot of our items are still new in the box or hardly used. Like my Egg Genie, I used it twice, I’m selling it for $5 bucks, lol. Or a pair of Skechers that I paid $50+, wore once for all of 5 hours (too narrow for my feet), and asking $20 for. A lady, whom was interested in them, suggested they should only be $3. Not kidding. She obviously hasn’t shopped since 1957. This crowd seemed to be looking for ULTRA cheap (.50 cents) stuff and wanted to offer us 75% less than what we were asking. No thanks. I’d rather keep the stuff like a hoarder than give it away to people that think they are auditioning for Pawn Stars. We don’t need the money, we just want to reduce our household inventory and play shop keeper while the weather is nice, lol. I do list some things on Craig’s List and eBay when I have a chance (and interest), but yard sales have been a weekend project that I get a kick out of. A change of pace from being cooped up in the house. Believe me, when you work from home 365 days a year, sitting in the garage and getting fresh air and sunshine while you’re working on your laptop is a nice change of environment, haha. We’re doing it again today, but I am really reluctant to. I don’t like rude, cheap people that make it known in the most obnoxious ways. I guess I’m surprised because the first few times we had a lot of buyers that were mostly pleasant, and quirky at worst. This time around quirky would have been an improvement. I swear, some people have no conception of money and value. Just because something is used and being sold at a yard sale doesn’t automatically mean it’s super cheap. Ah well, maybe we should start a lemonade stand.
I am fuh-reeeeeeeeeeeeezing! It’s only 56 degrees F outside right now. Trying not to complain, though. With no central air, I keep reminding myself how lucky we are. Although, it’s supposed to be 90 degrees F on Tuesday, so yeah, I’ll take freezing over hot and humid any day.
After a weekend of feeling generally yucky and dealing with retail visitors, at least I ate some tasty foods, like this glorious fruit and salmon salad:
Bed of mixed leafy greens, 1oz Shop Rite no salt added Swiss cheese (so good!), grilled salmon, a white nectarine, and fresh blackberries with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive.
Unsweetened iced tea on the side. I like unsweetened more and more every time I have it. Very refreshing and less work to make.
I love blackberries. The sweet and slightly bitter flavor, the way the little beads pop in your mouth, BUT I can’t stand the seeds inside. They’re so big and woodsy. I wish they came in a seedless variety, they’d definitely be one of my favorite fruits.
So delicious! Very fresh and filling. I grilled the salmon earlier, then ate it chilled atop the salad. Sweet and savory is always a winner in my book. I really liked the grilled, mildly charred flavor mixed with the sweet fruits. Yum!
I’ve been up since 1:00am even though I went to sleep at 9:00pm. I couldn’t sleep any longer, so I decided to stay up. Oversleeping makes me feel worse than under-sleeping, so hopefully I’ll sleep well tonight. My throat hurts right now, I think irritated from the cold air. I think I might take a little nap before we start the yard sale. Not looking forward to this. Wish me luck! hehe