I've posted about my own recent miserable illnesses on my own site so often lately, I'm afraid to post anything else about being sick there. People will start to think I have some underlying issue, like an undiagnosed immunocompromised state.... or hypochondriasis.
But I have to share the gross details of my latest medical problem! I have to, because it's so disgusting, it's entertaining.
So my kids and I have been SO sick this winter. There was Norovirus at Christmas, and then the flu three weeks ago (despite being vaccinated), which for me, then triggered a horrible asthma exacerbation...
But last week, I was finally feeling better. I remember thinking, "Gee, I finally feel better..." and probably jinxed myself.
By the end of the week I was really congested and feeling run-down. "Great, a cold coming on, this sucks," I thought.
Then Saturday afternoon, I was more congested, and the mucous was really green. I felt kind of woozy, with mild chills. I ignored it and went for a four-mile run in ten-degree weather. Weirdly, it was invigorating, and the hot shower afterwards was heavenly! The mucous drained and drained.
"Ha! I beat that one!" I congratulated myself.
But, Sunday: worsening congestion, thicker gray-green mucous, facial pressure... and then there was this smell.
I smelled it first in our kitchen. A warm, dirty dishwater smell, like when you open an old dishwasher before the heat cycle is done and all that steam with the hot-moist-food-particle odor hits you full in the face. WTF? I peeked all around trying to find the source.
Then at church, I smelled it again. The kids were running around and I was distracted, so I didn't think about it too much other than, "Yuck, what's that?"
Later, at home, still soooo stuffed up, I blew my nose for the millionth time, and got a huge glob of nasty slimy mucous. For some reason, I thought to sniff it.
And there it was. That smell. It was reminiscent of when I worked part-time in our college cafeteria and there was an immense sink for soaking all the pots and pans and serving dishes in super-hot water with some kind of toxic detergent, and the clouds of steam would waft up with the odor of all those food scraps: leftover meatloaf, cherry jello, brown gravy, pea-soup, and harsh industrial-strength cleaning solution all mixed up together in one nauseating and assaulting aroma...
I realized (with a shudder) that the source of that nasty smell was my own face, my own mucous. SO GROSS SO GROSS SO GROSS!!!!
Of course I googled this, trying to figure out what was the principal bacteria responsible for this gray-green discharge with the very particular odor... No luck. Needless to say, I'm on Augmentin and I feel alot better.
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I know that Klebsiella can produce a blue green pigment that smells like grapes but not sure about nasty dirty dishwater eww! Maybe a bacterial combo? Since I follow your blog in addition to this blog I know you've had a rough winter so sorry. Glad (and knock on wood) you are finally feeling better.ReplyDelete
Thanks and so sorry for the delay! It took a full, extra-long course of Augmentin but whatever it was was vanquished.Delete
I feel you! When I wrote that post Witness the Sickness back in January, I was in the throes of what I thought was just a viral URI picked up from my daycare-attending daughter. Well, I didn't get better, and one day I felt so bad that I had to leave work (a daunting task when you're in the middle of a full day of OR cases). A couple days later, I incidentally had to get some labs drawn for ongoing thyroid management. There was a CBC on the panel, and it showed WBC 18,000 predominantly PMNs! Whoops - went to a doc, tried to figure out what we were treating, and went on antibiotics for presumed sinusitis vs. atypical pneumonia. After a week of doxy I was finally better. The whole process of me self-dxing and treating and then figuring out I was an idiot took about a month!ReplyDelete
Yup, classic doctor-as-patient behavior!! I do think it's good for us to get sick once in awhile, though. A good lesson. As much as it stinks.Delete