Really? Whooping Cough?
November 20, 2013
Most of what I would write here is better covered by Julia Ioffe’s “I’ve got whooping cough. Thanks, Jenny McCarthy.” In some weird coincidence, I happened to read that article when I had been coughing for about a week. I thought, “Maybe this cough is pertussis. No, shut up, hypochondriac. It’s just a cold.” After three weeks of nonstop coughing, I thought, “Maybe you should actually go to the damned doctor.” I did, and I’m not a hypochondriac at all but really and truly do have pertussis.
While I have yet to pee myself or throw up from coughing, I can say this: get vaccinated. It wasn’t until 2005 that the CDC even had a booster pertussis vaccine for adults, but it’s worth it to not have this hellish, unceasing, rib-breaking cough. My head and neck muscles ache from constant coughing, and I feel completely drained of energy. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS.
Also, since this is usually a blog concerned with either music (it’s been a while, eh?) or higher ed, here’s something of note:
Unlike many other adjuncts, I have health insurance through my spouse. Today’s visit involved a $25 copay and $68.95 for drugs. It’s still a lot of money to shell out when you earn what I do, but I’ll be OK. If I were uninsured, the visit would cost $125 for seeing the doctor, additional fees for the albuterol nebulizer treatment I received while there, and I don’t even want to know how much the steroids, antibiotics, and emergency inhaler would cost.