Sick of being sick

There!  I've said it, "I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time!"

Three weeks may not seem like much, but in Leslie years, it feels like an eternity.

Two weeks ago, it was my asthma and allergies.  (I'm happy to report that they're still under control.  Most of the time.) 

Last week, it was an ear and throat infection, along with horrible earaches that I wouldn't wish on anyone.  (Not to mention fevers, chills and feeling just plain yucky!) 

After finishing my meds, resting and letting Hubby, the kiddies and my suegra take care of me, I was hoping that would be the end of it all.   

But it wasn't. 

My ear still hurts.  Only now, it hurts so much, that even my teeth were hurting.   And the pain gets worse at night.  Excruciating pain.  I can't even lay down to sleep.  Heck, I can't sleep at all!  For someone who usually goes to sleep around midnight, being wide awake at 3 or 4 in the morning, is not my idea of fun, even if I do spend most of that time playing Farmville on Facebook.  

Ear drops.  Warm compresses.  Over the counter pain medication.  Nothing helped to ease the pain. 

I started to think that maybe my Grandmother had been right all those years ago, when she said I would go deaf from listening to my 80's hair metal so loud.  Or maybe...those urban legends are true, and I now have a bug living in my ear. 

Sleep deprivation will do that to a person.  That's one of the reasons I haven't blogged lately.

Talking to our dear friend Dr. Manny yesterday, I mentioned that my teeth and gums were starting to hurt too.  Dr. Manny kindly offered to take an x-ray to see if wasn't my wisdom teeth that were bothering me.  Sometimes, earaches are actually a result of another problem, such as a toothache.

After a quick check-up and x-ray, it was revealed that I have a cracked molar that's infected AND I'm going to need a root canal. 

I couldn't be happier.  Really!  It's such a relief to know that my pain will be ending soon.  Which means that I'll be getting some much needed sleep and rest soon.  And I can get back to being the awesome wife, mom and blogger that we all know and love. 

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13 comments

  1. Oh, Leslie. How awful! Glad you've got a diagnosis so you can be feeling right as rain in no time.

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  2. Oh Happy Day!!! I'm so glad. Getting the right diagnosis is so often difficult. You're on the road to recovery, we'll be reading your posts and cooking your recipes again soon. Right????
    Suerte, chica.

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  3. My dentist laughed at me when I left his consultorio, because he'd never had a patient leave so happy, knowing that they'd need a root canal! :)

    I sure hope to get back to writing and cooking soon! :)

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  4. Pain is in the design to let one know something is up.

    It is always a good thing to let the mind rest from worry about what all this pain is about - knowing is healing in itself.

    So glad you will be getting some relief amiga.

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  5. oh you poor baby, i'm so sorry you've gone through so much. i'd been wondering why we hadn't heard from you in a while. i'm very happy to hear you got a diagnosis and God willing you can have it taken care of soon. yes, i can see why your dentist would laugh. going to the dentist is my biggest fear in life. even though i haven't had any problems in years, the sound of the drill reminds me of bad dental experiences when i was a kid. God willing after this you can go back to feeling well again.

    teresa in lake stevens

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  6. Oh Leslie, I've heard the "bug in your ear" thing too and you know what they told me was the solution? To hold a flashlight up to my ear so the bug will follow the light and crawl out.

    I know how three weeks feels like forever because I've been home with two sick girls (chickenpox) for almost a month!

    I hope you get better ASAP!

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  7. I was actually happy for you when I heard about the cracked molar for 2 reasons:

    1. At least now there's an identified cause and a way to end it.
    2. You get really good dental discounts.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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  8. I'm so glad you found out what it is. That helps your mind rest first of all but second, you can get it fixed! Yay! Don't let the tooth infections go for long, they are closely connected to the brain and heart and the infection can and does travel there. So, keep seeing the dentist even when you are sick of it and even - when you have no symptoms just get regular check ups. I'll bet that tooth infection had something to do with the throat infection and the flu like symptoms too.

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  9. Just pop some medication and a shot of tequila, kick that pain in the butt real quick! Kidding, but sometimes we need excuses to get loaded since its not common practice for some of us. Im glad your going to be feeling better soon Leslie and back to your ol' self very very soon.

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  10. That's awful!!! I'm so sorry Leslie! But at least you know "what" it is now and get started getting better quick. Big Hugs girl!!!

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  11. Ugh. So hard to be sick so long. hang in there and hope to see your spunky self back to normal soon!

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  12. A good diagnosis is a relief! I have two friends who are suffering for months with lingering pain and illness. I can't imagine the toll it takes on one's mind, not just the body. Take care.

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  13. poor thing I hope things get better for you soon. I have bad allergies too, I have to take a pill every day here in Mexico, but it is no where near as bad as yours. Feel Better.

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