After suffering with a bad cough for 10 days, I went to the doctor yesterday. When I say "bad cough", I mean it. It was the kind of cough that turns you inside out and your not sure if you're going to throw up or give yourself a brain aneurysm. I am well aware of those super bugs, and I don't want antibiotics if they aren't necessary, but if the doctor told me I had a virus and would have to ride it out, I thought I might slap him. Luckily, he didn't; I have bronchitis.
About 10 hours after my first dose, it was like someone flipped a switch... no more rattle in my chest and my cough was milder and less body wracking. Today, I could actually get off the couch and do something for longer than 10 minutes.
We are lucky to be living now... a time when there are medical weapons to fight bacteria. (I hope we'll never live to see a time where those weapons are rendered useless.) Medical advancements are being made all the time. I was reminded of this when I was reading "Little House on the Prairie" to Pipsqueak. The whole Ingalls family was in bed with fever n' ague for days. They thought they got it from eating watermelon grown in the creek beds. Really, it was malaria from mosquitoes. That was a dangerous time to be alive. I supposed we've got bigger threats now: terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, and all that. The life expectancy in the late 1800s was about age 50. I think I like our odds.