I am happy to report that I was the first in line to see the nurse practitioner after lunch. Sad to report that I have been awake since 5 am. Afraid to go back to sleep, lest I miss the chance to grab a spot in the clinic's schedule.
Happy to report that I have nothing more than the flu. Sad that there is absolutely nothing to be done that I am not already doing. The flu is a virus, antibiotics are not effective. I knew this and I would not take an antibiotic for a virus. I was more worried about the constant headache and the tight chest. My chest is clear and my cough is non-productive.
My blood pressure is up, but who knows which came first, the headache or the elevated blood pressure? One can cause the other, you know. I am to continue with my regimen of self medication, along with plenty of fluids and lots of rest. This particular strain of flu is taking longer to run it's course.
Happy to know that I do not have to invest in any expensive prescriptions, but sad that it cost me $56 to be told that I already knew what to do. That was my new co-pay. The new policy does not provide a discount on prescriptions, either. Sad.
Happy to be back home, snuggled next to a warm canine, slippers on my feet and a blanket on my legs. Sad that this will be a totally non-productive week.