Monday, 27 January 2020

Australia Day 2020

Good morning friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had amazing weekends, especially if you're back home down under in sunny Australia! I hope you all had a great Australia Day... oh, Happy (belated) Australia Day by the way. I had a nice enough weekend; went out of lovely date with Jordan on Saturday and then had a pretty meh Australia Day on Sunday.

I say meh because I spent a good chunk of the day stuck in the waiting room of the walk-in doctors surgery. I have had a cough for just shy of 2 months now (started Nov 30th) and I finally said enough was enough, I'm going to get it checked out. Everyone has told me I should've got it checked sooner but around the 3 week-1 month mark, it was Christmas and I just wanted to enjoy the holidays without worrying about something silly like a cough and wasting my time at the doctors. Then when Jordan started his new job, I was more focused on that and our family adjusting, than my own physical health; stupid, I know. The cough isn't the worst thing anyway, it's just annoying. I wake up feeling like there's heaps of mucus sitting on my chest and I often cough up a bit of yellow phlegm shortly after getting up. After about 30 minutes of being up though, the cough completely disappears. I spent most of the day not coughing at all and if I do cough, it's just a minor tickle in my throat, dry cough. Something that's not uncommon for people to experience in cold weather. So most of the day, I don't cough at all but then 8pm rolls around and usually about that time, my throat starts to get aggravated and I end up with a dry, wheezy cough for the rest of the night. Thankfully, it's no longer robbing me of sleep like it was a month ago. Anyway, yesterday I coughed up a small chunk of really dark yellow phlegm and decided I'd had enough and Jordan took me to the the walk-in gp. Two hours we waited for me to get seen and guess what? The doctor couldn't find a single thing wrong!

She couldn't hear any crackling to suggest mucus, she couldn't feel any fluid around my lungs, she couldn't find any sign of infection and all my observations were normal. She was able to rule out anything serious like pneumonia or pleurisy but couldn't find an explanation for the cough. So she sent me away advising me to schedule an appointment with my regular gp to get a second opinion. On one hand I was relieved there wasn't anything seriously wrong but on the other hand, I was annoyed she didn't find anything. At least if I'd had an infection, I could have done something about it by taking antibiotics. Now, I'm just stuck with a cough and no way to get rid of it! I've got an appointment with my gp booked but because it takes ages to get in with my doctor, it's not for another ten days. So I get to enjoy this cough for a while longer, yay.

After the doctors we got our weekly shop out the way and came home in time for me to carry on a little Australia Day tradition I started with the kids. Obviously no one celebrates Australia day over here and it's too cold and wet to have a barbecue or anything so each year since Flynn was born, we have taken a photo of myself and the kids laying on my bed, draped in an Australian flag. The kids are half Australian after all, so the day is as much for them as it is me. Our photo yesterday was my only real celebration of the day sadly. I wish I could say I had a better Australia Day but it is really hard to celebrate it when no one here even really knows it exists. Either way, that was our day. I hope all my fellow Aussies had a much better day than I did.

Now I just get to look forward to another doctors appointment, next week. I'll let you all know how that appointment goes because I'm hoping to get my the results from my liver ultrasound back that day too. Annoyed they've not contacted me to tell what's going on. Hopefully some answers next week.

Until next time,
Alli xo

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