July 27, 2005
So for the last week and a half I’ve had this cough, and it just won’t go away. I haven’t had any sinus problems, and I really haven’t had any breathing problems. I just cough a lot. Most of the time I don’t cough up anything. Monday I went to the doctor.
The doctor looked me over, and listened to me breath with the stethoscope. Then, he told me, “well, son, you’ve got a cough.” Thanks, tell me something I didn’t know. His diagnosis was that I had some sort of viral irritation in my throat (which, as everybody knows, is where the coughing reflex lives) and that there wasn’t a whole lot we could do about it. He prescribed some anti- inflammatory drug for me to take in the morning and suggested I take some Tussin DM in the evening (“You’ll have to take a whole slug, though–3 teaspoons at least”).
The drugs are helping. The cough isn’t as bothersome now. But, hoo boy, I can’t wait for it to actually be gone.