Friday, June 29, 2007

Insult to Injury

I think just about everyone knows that I have been off work for the last 5 1/2 months. Due to recurring sinus infections and a hideous cough that keeps me up at night and gasping for air most days.

About 6 weeks ago my GP sent me to a Lung Specialist. I didn't think there was anything wrong with my lungs (x-rays had shown that) and that my cough was due to sinus problems (I've also been to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist because I have problems in that area).

So I go and the Lung Specialist says I have very badly inflamed bronchial tubes. Bordering on asthma, but he thinks we've caught it in time. Take this inhaler, come back in a month.

I feel a bit better, until my allergies kick in and keep taking the medication, and go back after a month figuring he will say great, you're all better.

Not so much. After a month he's worried about my LO count (??) and is convinced I have allergic asthma and I need to do a histamine test in two weeks. Huh?

So this morning I go for the histamine test (not as bad as I thought). I don't have asthma the technician tells me - wow!

Next visit with the doctor. He confirms I don't have asthma. Yeah! But then... belittles me for thinking I did (I guess I was wasting his time? I never thought I had asthma?) and tells me that my cough is undoubtedly because I am HOMESICK (huh??? I didn't know that people get INFLAMED BRONCHIAL TUBES from being HOMESICK??) and when I said I have lived here almost 8 years he then said it's just nerves (??) and that there really isn't anything wrong with me, refused to give me a report of his findings for the caisse de maladie and then said - and I am NOT making this up:


Mir wolle bleiwe wat mir sin - long live Luxembourg!

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