At Least I Won’t Get Whooping Cough

Today I went to the doctor. Not for the big scary doctor’s appointment, but just for a physical and to bring my primary care physician up to speed on where I stood with stuff.  It was very comforting to hear her say that she thinks that my course of treatment is right and that she would have sent me to the same endocrinologist, if she had been the one leading treatment on this.

I really like my doctor, but I was wandering around from room to room getting poked and prodded and EKGed and X-rayed and looked at for close to two and a half hours and I am worn out. Blood pressure’s good, EKG was fine. She’s going to send copies of my blood work to the endocrinologist so he’ll have that ahead of time.

I know I have to stop getting myself so worked up about this stuff, but I still do.

I did get a tetanus shot, which these days also has diphtheria and whooping cough in it, too. I don’t even know for sure what diphtheria is, but I’m safe from it for another decade.

4 thoughts on “At Least I Won’t Get Whooping Cough

  1. diptheria is one of those diseases people are forgetting about these days, simply because the vaccine’s mostly stopped kids from dying from it. used to be a serious killer in its day, though. not so much for adults, but one wouldn’t want to spread it to children.

    if you’ve heard of Balto, the dog who led the sled team to Nome, Alaska back in 1925 — it was diptheria vaccine being carried in those sleds, and enough lives on the line to immortalize one of the best lead dogs ever.

  2. I’ve had whooping cough as an adult. It’s miserable and prolonged; it’s the only thing I’ve ever had where I thought I might die from it.

    Don’t let those vacccines expire, kids.

  3. I hate going to the dr. But I’m awfully glad I can.

    My grandmother had a baby sister die at age two from diptheria. That was in like 1921. To this day she talks about diptheria the way folks my age talk about cancer.

  4. I can attest that whooping cough sucks balls. I’m still not through this crap and it’s been a month.

    Kat, my grandfather lost a younger sister to diptheria as well.He said it was the worst thing he’d ever seen.

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