Last week I got sick…really sick. Strep throat and a double sinus infection, not to mention the raging headache from the congestion (bizarre fact: there are sinuses on top of your head; who knew!). I’m frankly surprised it didn’t happen sooner. I guess I just spent December not getting sick through sheer willpower (too much to do; too many other people to take care of to get sick).
My doctor prescribed an antibiotic (once per day) and a decongestant (twice per day) which I dutifully took for the first four days, and then I realized that the decongestant was making me dizzy and the antibiotic having killed the infections was starting to work on all the other bacteria in my system making food, shall we say, less than appealing.
So what does it say when the “normal side effects” of the medication are as unpleasant as what the meds were supposed to cure?
And who the hell knew there was so much food advertising on American television? Something you notice when you spend the first three hours you’re awake trying not to chunk.
But here is the real question: if it is possible for antibiotic resistant bacteria to develop outside the body (why they tell us we should take our full course of meds as prescribed), why don’t the “good bacteria” in your body develop the same resistance?
Things to think about while the world spins.