I iz ill

Posting may be, as they say, “light” over the next day or two.  I’m suffering from an severe allergic reaction to Bactrim, an antibiotic I’m taking for sinusitis, and am temporarily in non-writing condition.  Let us just say that I spent all last night in bed with a back-scratcher so I could reach the every square millimeter of my body that was on fire.  There are other symptoms, too, but I won’t go into detail.

I spent all day on the floor of my office (I foolishly thought I should go to work) ensconced in my North Face down sleeping bag, until a friend kindly drove me home.

It is a testimony to my tenacity—or stupidity—that I put up three posts this a.m.  There’s a lot more to say, but it must wait until I return to work.  Ceiling Cat willing, that will be tomorrow.  There is no time to be ill!

65 Comments

  1. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Damn…that sucks.

    I’d offer to loan you a cat to help you cope, but I’m thousands of miles away and Baihu is terrified of all non-Ben humans.

    I’m sure you’ll let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.

    b&

  2. madamX
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Insha’ Ceiling Cat

  3. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I had that same allergic reaction, it sucks, but hopefully you will feel better soon!

    • Marella
      Posted June 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

      Yes me too. Only a couple of months ago I was covered from head to toe in hives after taking Bactrim. I took antihistamines and it went away after a few days. I wasn’t as sick as Jerry though by the sound of it.

      Get well soon Jerry.

      • Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        I had only a mild reaction, and it was not fun. Get well soon!

  4. Sili
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Ack. Get well soon.

    Lying on the floor is usually only a cure for hangovers for me.

    Of course, as it happens I’m just out of surgery, myself. I liked my vasectomy so much, I decided to get another. (I threw up this time …)

    I’m having a very nice stout now, that seems to dull the discomfort.

    Now go to bed, and stop trying to be a hero. You have tenure, don’t you.

    • Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      One at a time?

      • Sili
        Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        Nah – I just seem to have amazing regenerative powers.

      • Diane G.
        Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

        That’s hilarious!

        (@ Lynn, not Sili. Hope you’re doing well, Sili.)

    • Sal Bro
      Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      4 nuts?

  5. daveau
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Sorry to hear that. Yes, please spare us the other symptoms. 😉

  6. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Very sorry to hear of your extreme discomfort. Take care of yourself please. Looking forward to your resuming your regular blogging.

  7. Aratina Cage
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    No fun 😦 Get well soon!

  8. Chris Slaby
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Rest up and feel better!

  9. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon.

    Did you try antihistimine (e.g. Benedril) for the itching? Or get something stronger from the doctor?

  10. Grania
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear you aren’t well.
    Hope you get better soon 🙂

  11. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Get well, get well soon, we wish you to get well!

    (Sorry.)

    That sounds awful.

    Hope you’re better soon.

  12. Scote
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Sorry you aren’t well.

    Perhaps this kitteh hug you posted will help:

    🙂

    On a different note I thought antibiotics didn’t work for sinusitis?

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/antibiotics-for-sinusitis/

    Though I would guess that there could be exemptions to the generalities.

    • Jeremy Nel
      Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Indeed there are, but in general antibiotics are vastly over-prescribed for sinusitis.

      The vast majority of cases are viral (for which antibiotics are obviously useless), and even amongst the bacterial ones, most will resolve spontaneously without treatment.

      A general rule of thumb is that in all but the most severe cases, you only consider (but not necessarily give) antibiotics for sinusitis lasting more than 10 days.

      However, Jerry’s case is most probably an exception, as he has had significant sinus issues in the past and so would probably warrant more active intervention!

  13. Ray Thaw
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon, thanks for the posts under duress.

  14. TrineBM
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Get well, and in the meantime stop thinking about posting. We want fresh posts not sick ones.

  15. Posted June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    You know, if you ate more vegetables instead of all that pake…

  16. Daniel
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Holy cow. You gotta be kidding me! Rest up!

  17. Linda Jean
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    didnt know you were allergic to bactrin?

  18. Philip
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Same allergy here. Good luck, hope you feel better very soon.

  19. Phosphorus99
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Hope you feel better very soon

  20. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon & don’t worry about not posting, we want you back, fit & strong.

  21. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I wish you a speedy recovery Jerry

  22. randyextry
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Ask your doctor for some oral steroids. It will help the sinuses and the allergy. It’s like magic. I prescribe them all the time. But if you take any late in the day, you won’t be able to fall asleep. And also, it’s “Bactrim” with an “m”.

    • karen
      Posted June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Ugh, I know your pain. I had the same allergic reaction from Bactrim and as randyextry says, oral steroids are the way to go. They really help!

      Hope you’re feeling better sooner rather than later. Take care and we can talk amongst ourselves.

  23. Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I wish you a quick recovery.

  24. Marta
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Oy.

    A cool bath, followed by some cortisone cream maybe, and then a lovely tranquilizer. You’ll be good as new.

    xxo

  25. Sigmund
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    “I spent all last night in bed with a back-scratcher”
    In your condition?
    Show-off!
    Seriously, get well (and posting again!) soon.

  26. Posted June 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon!

  27. Sastra
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    You are a poor baby.
    Get well soon.

  28. Posted June 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    There is no time to be ill!

    Nonsense. There is always time to be ill, and you need to take the time to recover. You already know this, but I thought I would remind you in your fever-ravaged state.

    Get as well as you can, when you can.

  29. gerard26
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon,my friend.

  30. Insightful Ape
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Awfully sorry Dr Coyne. I won’t be praying for you but I am enthusiastically awaiting your wellness.

  31. Diane G.
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Aw, crum, how miserable! Take care of yourself and don’t worry about us–we’ll muddle thru somehow.

    May you feel better toot sweet! 🙂

  32. Posted June 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh noes! Sounds horrible, poor duck. Skip the tenacity for now; get better.

  33. Linda Grilli Calhoun
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    So, exactly what prize does one win for all that tenacity?

    Take care of yourself and set a better example.

    Get well soon. L

  34. Edwardson
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Bactrim gives me the itch as well. Stay away from sulfa drugs

  35. Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I am an avid follower of your blog, and am sorry to hear of your sinus distress. I have been using a neti pot for several years and my sinus woes have almost (almost…) totally disappeared. Or, disapparated, since it seems like a magical occurrence. Get well soon.

  36. Drew
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    On a lighter note. Jerry I don’t know if you’re a fan, or I suppose anyone else that mighy be interested, but Tim Minchin is in Chicago next week. He’s touring around the US and you can see his dates on his website.

  37. Pete Moulton
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Get well as soon as may be, Jerry.

  38. Posted June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh noes! Back to the doctor, then off to bed with you!

    This will help: Travel With Nyaran! Please Enjoy Various Expressions!

  39. Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Feel better soon.

    We will survive.

    Maybe.

  40. CanadianChick
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I know the horror of a bad sulpha allergy – mine manifested itself VERY badly (as in eight weeks off of work and permanent skin & capillary damage, plus anaphylaxis, woo!).

    Take care and get thee some prednisone! Just make sure it’s a nice tapered dose (up and down) and watch out for the depression, mood swings and restlessness. And hunger.

  41. Dawn Oz
    Posted June 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Take lots of care and watch your working inspite of sickness tendencies. Believe your body…..

  42. David Ratnasabapathy
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Get well soon!

    If it’ll cheer you up, I’ve bought three copies of your book so far 🙂 Bio students love to read it.

    Do write a sequel!

  43. Posted June 8, 2011 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Yikes!
    I thought that operation last year was supposed to relieve these sinus problems?!
    Poor you!

  44. Nadeen
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Get well soon.

  45. Lurker111
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Eek! Can’t take Bactrim either. Didn’t get a rash, but the 107 fever (Fahrenheit) was no fun. Also, it took several days to figure out what was going on, as this wasn’t, apparently, a usual reaction.

    Speedy recovery to you.

  46. s. pimpernel
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Good luck on speedy recovery. Having been there, those “other symptoms” can be pretty rough also.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      So many reported cases of the same allergy here–amazing! Surprised there isn’t some test-for-sensitivity before it’s prescribed.

  47. Hempenstein
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    ‘Least it ain’t shingles. But to counter that, once you’re better, drop tenacity long enough to get a Zostavax shot.

    • Lurker111
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

      Shingles can be as bad as its reputation. Just had my first really good week since being hit by this in mid-April. Looks like I won’t have any permanent pain out of it, thank goodness.

      Story: Two thugs walk up to an old man. One says, “Give us all your money, Gramps, or we’ll beat the crap out of you.” The old man says, “I’ve had shingles. You don’t scare me.”

      Yeah, it was just about like that.

  48. Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Some copacetic theme music for your recovery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy04mEAcTIo&feature=related

  49. rfguy
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Sounds awful! I’ve never had a reaction to antibiotics like that, so I have no advice except rest up and get better soon!

    -mark.

  50. Michieux
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Get well soon, Prof. Coyne!

    You have been on my mind since I saw your grizzled visage in a documentary on Darwin the other day.

    Best wishes from Australia.

  51. JBlilie
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Oh, that sounds truly horrible! Please get well soon. Lots of Benadryl! It has the added benefit of making you sleep.

  52. Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    If it’s this bad, don’t worry with the orals, get an Adrenaline shot and some iv steroid in Hospital, fix you right up. And no sulphur drugs for you in the future.

  53. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Ouch! I don’t know how that is as it hasn’t happened to me, but it sounds terrible.

    Get well post haste.

  54. Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to all for the well wishes, and for the private emails as well (many including photos of kittehs). I am feeling much better and should be back to work tomorrow.


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