This post has nothing to do with my medical school woes, so you don't have to jump in with helpful comments like, "What did you decide?!" or "Are you studying again yet?!" My therapist (Yep, I done went and found one of those) says I need to resist the sense of urgency being placed upon me. So, yeah. I'm not listening, per her mandate.
Anyway, for about three weeks now (coincidentally, the same amount of time I've been out of the hospital), I've had an ongoing sore throat. It goes: Ow! I hate sore throats! --> Consume massive amts. of tea/orange juice/Vitamin C/Zinc --> Get Better x2 days --> Boom! Sore throat is back --> Repeat.
So, I've basically been sick this entire time.
I finally went to the quacks over at Student Health today and after proclaiming me strep-free via a rapid test, the doctor sent me home with nothing. He swabbed for a throat culture, which will be ready next week, and told me to rest. I stared at him and very politely explained again how this has been going on for three weeks and how I have visible tonsilar exudates and a low grade fever and pain so bad that I can't talk or eat.
He very helpfully suggested Tylenol for the pain and then mumbled something about mono.
(He did not do a mono spot. Nor did he do a physical exam. Damn the spleen for being an organ I can't palpate myself!)
Now, I know all of these medical people are going to jump in to proclaim me a perpetuator of antibiotic resistance for wanting him to prescribe me something to move this thing along, but you know what? Three weeks is a freakishly long time to be walking around with a sore throat and feeling like junk.
Also, there are a hell of a lot of things besides Group A strep that cause pharyngitis and not all of them are viral. In fact, with my long history of sinusitis, I don't doubt that this probably did start out as viral, but on and on and on and on and it's probably a combination of many things right now. So, I only hope that one of the people who is about to chastise me for complaining about not getting antibiotics is a hospitalist, because let me tell you, if someone should be blamed for antibiotic resistance, how about we take a long, hard stare at the people who are "empirically" pumping Vancomycin and Zosyn into every person getting admitted from the ER?
I'm just saying. (That was the rage against the system, not you. Probably.)
Could a girl get some penicillin around here, because I'm officially NPO per raging throat pain and feeling like garbage.