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Fun with strep

Felt really bad yesterday, having a hard time swallowing, painful, as if it was obstructed. Woke up today and it wasn’t any better. Anyway, a short trip to the doctor revealed I likely have strep throat (and I was walking around with a 101 degree fever). So I came back with penicillin and will stay home tomorrow, since I’m contagious for 1-3 days after starting meds. That’s great. I probably exposed everyone in my staff meeting today…

The weird thing is that the doctor didn’t perform a test to confirm strep. As long as I met three out of four criteria – fever, swollen glands, sore throat and no cough/congestion, she could just dole out the antibiotics. I asked her about this and she reiterated the guidelines. That seems kind of hit or miss, no – is this some sort of cost-saving measure? Aren’t we supposed to be using as few antibiotics as possible since so many resistant strains of bacteria are cropping up?

Anyway, this should be ten days of fun, knowing what antibiotics usually means for me. Bleh.

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