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SoCS: A Lost Covid test, Silent GERD, and the Hacking Cough is Going, Going…


 Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “me.” Find a word that starts with “me” or use the word “me” as the theme of your post. Have fun!

Meaningful posts should not always be about me, but that’s where my stream of consciousness sometimes goes. How about some meaningful health information that has recently come to my attention?

I’ve had this cough for at least three weeks after the acute phase of whatever virus attacked me during the first week of September. The cough is still with me, but it’s much better due to various medications aimed at loosening phlegm and suppressing the hacking. I never thought I’d be so excited about producing phlegm since the cough was so dry for so long. In googling dry coughs, I had read that acid reflux/aka GERD, could cause this kind of cough. I dismissed this since I have not had any GERD symptoms in quite some time.

I had a covid test on Thursday Sept 22, and they LOST my test! The sample didn’t make it to the lab and apparently went into some kind of black hole. On Tuesday, I went back for another test which turned out to be negative like the one on Sept 5. The cough being persistent, my nurse practitioner told the nurse to tell me to try omeprazole for acid reflux since I have a history of GERD. The nurse told me she had “silent GERD” with no symptoms and the omeprazole has helped her cough and sinus issues. I appreciate helping professionals sharing these kinds of personal experiences. In counselor training we were often cautioned about self-disclosure, but sometimes it is meaningful. I figured I might as well try the GERD/reflux meds being very tired of the annoying cough.

I started the OTC GERD medication on Wednesday and my cough was significantly better that day and today. Maybe it was just time, but maybe the nurse and FNP were right. Maybe “silent GERD” can cause a cough or make it linger. Maybe I’ll keep taking the anti-GERD meds along with keeping my Ricolas on hand for the cough which continues to flare up now and then.

Wherever I go, they go.

Meanwhile, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ian is making landfall again (as I write this on Friday) and bringing lots of rain and wind to the Carolinas. I’m praying for the folks in Florida and glad Linda’s son is okay as well as our friends and relatives down there.

The oldest part of our fence blew down in the storm. I had it propped up with various pieces of junk. We knew we’d have to replace it soon, which now means tomorrow if we can get the materials. Marley will have to be on leash until it’s fixed.

Old Fence Blew Down

We finally made it to the beach last week. I didn’t swim, but the sea air did me good.

The bird is flying away like my cough…. going…. going….

Last week, I shared a photo of my son with his baby sister. I had completely forgotten to check another photo album and found more:


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “SoCS: A Lost Covid test, Silent GERD, and the Hacking Cough is Going, Going…

  1. I’m glad you are getting some relief, JoAnna. Self disclosure is now being taught as “when appropriate.” One does need to remain aware of cautious and responsible of what they say. I’m happy for the humanity you experienced and the ease it provided. Really beautiful photos.

  2. I’m glad the test was negative. One of the problems I have from my GERD issue, which is not really talked about, is trouble swallowing. I almost always feel like I have something in my throat. Not sharp or painful, just gunk….Good luck with it!

    • I appreciate you sharing your experience about swallowing. I would not have connected that to GERD. It sounds like GERD has many ways of manifesting besides heartburn. I read a while back that a little apple cider vinegar can help. I hope it gets better.

      • honestly, omeprazole is the best for me and sometimes dairy products when it is bad. That and antacids. I can’t stand plain apple cider vinegar so I wouldn’t know. It’s so acidic but the body does profound things.

        • I’m glad you’ve found what works for you. It’s true that the body does profound things. The apple cider vinegar was paradoxical. Seems like I read that adults with acid reflux often to not produce enough acid to close the sphincter. But that was many years ago that it seemed to work for me. I’m sticking with more traditional recommendations for now.

          • Well you know I have no idea what this is related to but a few months ago, maybe close to a year even, I started taking a probiotic. I never had bowel issues per se but thought it would be good for my gut, as all the commercials for weightloss and good health tell about. Anyhow, I have had issues with being able to “go” for many months, to the point that I at one point was convinced I must have a blockage when after one week I still had not gone. Long story short, and less details than anyone wants! (😂) I stopped taking the probiotic and now I am fine. I had my gallbladder out about ten years ago so I don’t know if this has anything to do with it but it does show that not everything you read that says it is good for you is particularly true for every individual.

  3. I’m glad you found an answer to your health issues. The pictures of the beach, your fence, and your children are terrific! Have a great weekend!

  4. Sweet photos, and I’m so glad your cough is fading by whatever means! As you say, it is probably a holdover from the virus — my own was months-long after the fact. Husband (usually well) was coughing every night, was told it’s likely GERD, stopped taking those OTC meds but sometimes takes antacids. I secretly stuffed a pillow between mattress and box spring to elevate his head slightly. That seems to have helped a bit, but who knows — for him, it could be dietary-toggled/quieted.

  5. I love those sweet photos and am glad that your cough is better!

  6. Beautiful photos 🙂 Hope you are better now. Cough is never in a hurry to leave !

  7. I’m glad to hear your cough is getting better. Sorry about the fence. So far, we’ve heard from most of our friends in FL and SC. Damage to property, but everyone is safe.

  8. I became so absorbed in your health issues that I forgot this was a stream of consciousness – certainly meaningful. Let us hope it will improve more, now. The family photographs were a welcome addition.

  9. Kids bring such wonderful meaning to our lives, don’t they? They grow up so fast! Glad that you’re finally finding relief from your persistent dry cough. I, too, keep a handy supply of Ricola cough drops.

    • Kids do grow up fast. I keep looking at these photos of them as children with nostalgia. But I am thankful that with all their challenges, they are grown up and strong. I am also thankful for Ricolas.

  10. Thank you for sharing!!.. glad you weathered the storm and life is about you (me) as you are part of… glad the cough is getting better… I have a cough at times also and I use Ricola at times but I also use Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold and Boericke @ Tafel Cough and Bronchial Syrup.. one has to be careful when mixing medications… 🙂

    Until we meet again….
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

  11. wishing you a speedy recovery

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