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Tonsillitis is HORRIBLE

Amy has tonsillitis. Why aren’t more people complaining about this awful disease?! It’s nasty. A throat filled with pus, agonising pain on swallowing, constant nausea, regular vomiting, can’t even keep water down, aching tummy and ears, a headache, and utter exhaustion from lack of sleep. It’s completely disabling. She can only lie there and occasionally groan. Such protracted suffering for a twelve-year-old.

She’s been prescribed phenoxymethylpenicillin, an antibiotic to treat the infection (in case it’s bacterial) and I’m giving her Calpol for the pain. She also has anti-sickness tablets to control the nausea. I hope it all works to relieve her symptoms.

I’m worried she may be taking antibiotics when she doesn’t need them, because they didn’t test to see if it was a bacterial infection but I guess it’s better than taking the chance that it isn’t. This really is a very nasty illness.

Sigh. Single mother hell. My whole body aches. I’m so stressed and I have a migraine coming on. Amy was up vomiting at 2:30am and I didn’t properly get back to sleep after that. All day today I’ve been at the Urgent Care Centre in a nearby hospital trying to get the drug’s sorted out. I’m really, really tired. No chance for a nap, even if I didn’t need to collect Jack from school and provide him with supper – I’m too anxious and stressed.

UPDATE: Amy had a reaction to the antibiotics. All of them – the penicillin and the non-penicillin. Nobody knows why, or even what causes this – usually you’re just allergic to penicillin and not all the other types as well – but as soon as we figured it out and stopped giving her the pills she started getting better. It’s a bit worrying for the future if she ever gets a bacterial infection (sepsis? another bout of tonsillitis?) but I’ll research this problem and see if I can discover anything. If I do, I’ll post it here.

Sore Throat

Well, I’ve had a sore throat for about two days now, and along with the soreness there is a feeling of a slight chill in my lungs, as if there’s a thin lining of lint inside. It’s now five days since I sat in the Covid ward with Albert as he took his last breaths, and my great fear is, of course, that I’ve caught the virus from him – because I wasn’t given the appropriate PPE – just a blue paper mask to cover my mouth, when it should have been something more appropriate for the AGP (aerosol generating procedure) of the CPAP machine that he was on constantly. I had gloves, a visor, and an apron, but none of these protect against aerosols at all. I would have been better off wearing jeans and a t-shirt with an FFP3 mask for my mouth and clear goggles for my eyes.

I wouldn’t put it past me to develop a normal cold in these circumstances, but it would be a horrible coincidence.

As I describe in 50, I developed Covid in April 2020 during the first wave, although I didn’t get a test to prove it because they weren’t available to most people back then. I kept a diary of my symptoms and discussed them at length in the book. I was so frightened! We hardly knew anything about the virus except terrifying things. But one of my early symptoms was a fiery sore throat which seemed to come and go, as it does now. It’s fine in the morning, almost gone, then by 5:00pm it’s come back strongly and my anxiety ramps up again. It’s the only symptom though, which is GOOD NEWS. I read on the ZOE Covid symptom app – a nationwide study I’m part of – that the more symptoms you have in the early stages, especially if you’re over 50, the more likely you are to need oxygen and hospital treatment. Fewer symptoms during the initial 5-6 days means a greater chance of a more mild illness.

I wish so hard, as we all do, that Covid hadn’t been invented in China, that they’d been more careful with their virus laboratory, or that they hadn’t been so cruel to their wildlife in their horrible wet markets. But what’s done in done, and we all have to live (and die) with it now.

Presently, my children are largely unaffected, although Jack has had a sore throat for the last two days but this has now gone. Amy hasn’t complained of anything other than an ulcer on her tongue and cheek, but she gets them regularly anyway so it’s hard to say whether the kids are any more ill than normal. Jack’s sore throat has come to nothing so far.

The most common time to begin displaying symptoms is 5-6 days since initial exposure, but some people start at only 2 days, and others at 14. So if I did catch it from Albert, I’m bang on the typical incubation period. I hope to know soon enough whether I actually have it or not because this morning I took a test. If everything goes to plan I should get an email or text message in a couple of days. I’ll let you know straight away of course.

If my test is negative I’ll then wait until I’m 9 days post exposure and do another test just in case I’m one of the late developers or did the first test poorly. I want to be really sure I don’t have it, especially since I have SYMPTOMS. I’m not very hopeful though.

SIGH.

UPDATE: I tested negative!! (So, so relieved)