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Mrs Muscles

Posted 05-10-2009 at 21:32 by West Ender

I went to the doctor's last Friday. I had a chest infection in late July and I hadn't been feeling all that well ever since. I saw the Respitory Nurse at the hospital a few weeks ago and she suggested I see the GP. She also took a sputum sample from me (I know, it's horrid, forget I said it, OK?).

Anyway, I digress. I saw one of the young doctors who replaced my old, now retired GP. He's a very nice boy (about Nik's age, he's a boy to me) and has a very sympathetic manner but doesn't treat me like a decrepit old fart just because I'm on the wrong side of 65. He hadn't been notified about the sample results so he rang the Path Lab, while I was there, and was told no cultures grew so there was no infection still lurking. He had a listen to my chest and said it sounded pretty good so he decided a course of steroids might help; give the shot-at lungs a bit of a boost.

Nik went to the chemist with my prescription. I thought our new doctors were young but she said the "little boy" in the pharmacy (she swears he was doing Chemistry GCSE Work Experience - and she's only 33 herself) had a word with her about how I was to take the pills - 6 at a time, once a day. I knew that was right because I had steroids when I came out of hospital after the pneumonia.

Well, I took my first lot on Saturday, then Sunday of course. This morning I got up at 8 o clock and, for the first time for many months, I didn't feel as though a heavy weight was pressing on my shoulders. I saw Laura off to school (on her bike today, they are doing bike training every Monday for the next few weeks), jumped in the shower, was downstairs and making a bacon barm by the time Jeremy Kyle came on the telly. Later, as it was so lovely, I did some tidying in the garden, sweeping up and shifting things, then, after lunch, I vacuumed the ground floor of the house - nothing spectacular there, you may say, but I haven't had the strength to do it for quite some time, particularly as it involves moving some heavy furniture around. I was tired by tea time but not excessively and I haven't had a doze on the sofa either.

I've got 2 more days to take the steroids and I'm pretty sure they're what's given me this surge of energy. I can see why athletes take them and why they're banned. I'm just worried that I may go back to jelly-legs again, when the course is finished, though I am fully aware of the side effects of long-term treatment and I have no desire to end up looking like Geoff Capes.
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    Margaret Pilkington's Avatar
    Yes Cath, it is the steroids that are giving you this wonderful feeling of well-being......has your appetite increased too?
    When I was nursing, we used to give a short course of steroids to patients who were feeling less than their best........and also those whose recovery was blighted by lack of appetite........they always worked......and in general patients reported to feeling better even when the steroids were finished.
    Glad they have helped you.
    (I think the kind of steroids taken by athletes are just a bit different......but if I see you scooting past my front room window at a great rate of knots, then I'll know I'm wrong )
    Posted 06-10-2009 at 12:44 by Margaret Pilkington Margaret Pilkington is offline
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    I feel slightly hungrier, Margaret, but I have a far too healthy appetite anyway and never lost it even when I was very ill. I'm afraid, due to my lack of serious activity, I've put on an awful lot of weight so I'm hoping with more energy I can get back to long walks and digging the garden - and lose some of this damned fat.
    Posted 06-10-2009 at 14:46 by West Ender West Ender is offline

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