You may remember me mentioning recently that I seem rather down and under the weather, with an apparent throat infection, and that this has been causing increased debility, and a reluctance to engage with things - such as meeting up with an Italian penpal who’d expressed keenness to meet me.
So, finally took the bull by the horns yesterday, decided I need to deal with the penpal issue AND the doctor.
Wrote to the penpal saying, in essence: “Yes, fine - very flattered, but do you understand how far it is, and sorry I can’t invite you to stay at mine, but would you like me to arrange some accommodation for you?” Yet to hear back about that (don’t think it’s a snub - she’s very busy at work, prior to going away).
Went online to book the doc’s appointment, thinking that, with a bit of luck, I’ll be all fixed and on the mend before the penpal comes (assuming she does), and will feel much better about the whole thing.
Earliest doc’s appointment with my doc is 21st July - and there was just a single appointment left for that day! I could have picked one of the others, but they do ask you to stick with your regular doc if possible, for continuity - and I do agree that is better - especially if you have a long-term condition, and want someone who’s in the picture.
So, 21st July it is. Sure my penpal will have been and gone by then, so am going to have to make do with the home remedies I already have been - cough linctus, ibuprofen, paracetamol, antihistamine etc.
Although I don’t consider myself severlely affected by MS, I’m starting to be a bit worried it is an MS thing, and that I’m inadvertently ingesting food. I’m noticeably wheezier after eating anything (not just certain foods, as with an allergy), I sometimes feel food is getting stuck on the way down, and my throat seems permanently irritated/inflamed by something - whether by things getting stuck, or acid coming back up, I don’t know. Have tried Gaviscon as well, in case it’s acid reflux (which has been explored with the doc before).
Feel really miserable, headachy, and have a blocked ear now, as well - though no pain or discharge, so don’t think it’s an emergency.
Middle of July, and I’ve got some kind of everlasting cold.