I’m on Steroids

Thursday was a bizarre day for me. I had planned to go to the Falcons game with a friend of mine, but I had to cancel due to what I thought was very bad heartburn. After talking with my uncle, who is a physician, I was on the way to the emergency room. The pain got worse, much worse. In total I ended up getting an EKG, four chest x-rays (none posted this time), a two CAT scans, and a lot of blood work. After all of this they ruled out a heart attack, blood clot in the lung (which I feared the most), and a ruptured spleen. I was sent home about 1am, heavily doped up and with a prescription for more painkillers.

Yesterday I went to the doctor for a follow-up and it looks like I’m suffering from pleurodynia, which is viral infection of the lungs. It’s extremely painful, but not dangerous (whew!). Anyway, one of the treatments is steroids, so now I can recount my personal experience with steroids. I’d fail all sorts of drug tests. I’m feeling a bit better now, but still taking it easy. I picked a good TV weekend to be confined to the couch—lots of college football and four Braves games.

6 Responses “I’m on Steroids”

  1. Frank says:

    You’re a mess–first the tooth now the lungs. You’re not even an old guy like me. :-)

    Hope you feel better.

  2. Cyril Morong says:

    I hope this is not an excuse to delay finishing your book. Bad enough we have to wait until March. Maybe this will make you feel better: Your blog is listed as one of the favorite links over at Freakonomics

  3. Get well soon. (Although watching those Braves games likely isn’t make the pain any better).

  4. Sean says:

    I hope you get healthy, professor!

  5. Jerry says:

    Wrong kind of steroids. Your taking anti-inflammatory steroids vs. anabolic.

  6. JC says:

    It’s a joke.