I’ve been battling a doozie of a cold the last few weeks, the first one I’ve had in years. Knowing I have MITO I’ve been careful to watch for any bacterial infection. As long as it was just the cold virus there wasn’t any point in going to the doctor. We’ve kept the fluids going big time, and I’ve been depending on Thera Flu, Mucinex, and Robitussin cough syrup to deal with it. Until a couple of days ago, it did look like I was over the worst of it.
But yesterday I started coughing up blood streaked yellow mucus, and I knew that probably meant it had become a bacterial infection. So I saw my General Practitioner doctor today. We talked at length about Mitochondrial Myopathy, and I gave him a copy of the Table of Reported Drugs with Mitochondrial Toxicity from MitoAction. He asked me lots of questions and said he would be doing some research, too. I really like this doctor. I’ve been using him for years, and he is the perfect example of a doctor who makes me feel like I am the only patient in the office. I never feel rushed.
He prescribed a codeine cough syrup and an antibiotic Cpak, so I expect to be feeling better soon. This cold has really taken a lot out of me. That’s not surprising when you realize that my cells are working on low energy to fight it.
This doctor visit is a perfect example of why having a definite diagnosis is helpful, even if there is no treatment or cure. The doctor was able to go over the list of antibiotics I should avoid and choose an appropriate one for me to take.