Why I Took The Z-Pack

Last Wednesday evening, my grandmother had a tumble… she called for me and after a few minutes, I was able to get her up and in bed. The next day however, I was a bit sore. Last week, I ran quite a few miles. This resulted in some very achy calves by Thursday.


On Thursday, I woke up and worked out. When I finished working out I though, man my legs are sore, I probably need a banana. Then I ate a banana and cleaned the house, went to work and came home to get my bags so that I could fly out to see Cooper for the first time in 6 weeks. My back was a bit sore from picking up my grandmother the night before but I pushed through they day. I was super excited, but on the way to the airport, I said to my mom “I just feel like I’m aging physically”. The conversation went on, and in no time I was getting through my check point. By the time I got to my gate, I was exhausted, feeling like I couldn’t catch my breath and my body was in serious need of a massage, I was so achy. It wasn’t until I placed my head in my hand trying to catch a quick nap at my gate that I realized I was burning up.

I wouldn’t allow myself to accept that I had a fever (because clearly it was just from the whole running/grandma situation) so I picked my bags back up and went to the airport clinic, thinking I could prove myself wrong! Sure enough I had a fever, a fever of 101.7. I hustled back to my gate almost in tears at the thought of getting to Nashville and laying in bed for my entire trip. I got on my plane, vomited on the plane and by the time I got to Coop, let’s just say I was done. That was by far the most miserable plane ride I had ever been on!

On Friday (Valentines Day) I woke up and Coop insisted that we go to a minute clinic. I couldn’t speak, couldn’t drink or eat, still had a fever and was shivering every other minute. Our experience at the minute clinic was terrible and I don’t think I will ever go back. However I left with two prescriptions… a z-pack (Azithromycin) and tamiflu (Oseltamivir). I opted out for the tamiflu and just took the z-pack.

Now a lot of holistic people would look at my decision and think I was going against all my convictions with this one. And although I greatly appreciate their opinion, I disagree. I was in quite the position with this bought of whatever it was and I was really trying to make a decision that was not only beneficial but also one that would give me some sort of time with Coop that didn’t include me asking for tissues in between naps.

So let’s talk about these medications. At the clinic I was tested for strep, two types of flu and another virus “that is going around”. I personally really thought I had strep. I had body aches, a fever for about 72 hours, was dehydrated, couldn’t swallow due to my throat being so swollen and slept almost non stop for 48 hours. I also has some sort of a mucous coming directly from two lumps in my throat. Despite not being diagnosed with strep, I was pretty confident that I had it.

Azithromycin (commonly known as z-pack) is an antibiotic. Strep throat is a bacteria and this is why I took this prescription. Oseltamivir (commonly known as tamiflu) is used to treat the flu. The funny thing about the flu is that it is RNA based. Now without getting all high school biology lesson on you… RNA based illnesses (viruses) change. And they change so much so quickly that if I have a virus and I give it to you, the virus has changed so much by the time I give it to you that it isn’t actually the same virus. So, take for instance the flu virus… when it starts out in America in the fall, it is a completely different virus by the spring when people are getting it for the second time.

Someone with a PhD could walk up to me and explain how what I just told you is wrong, and it wouldn’t phase me. I instead would have an educated discussion with that person until we either agreed to disagree or they told me I was right 😉

I’m not telling people to abandon vaccines and medication in this post, instead, I am encouraging you to do what you need to do, and what you find to be best for YOU when YOU are sick. Whether a cold, the flu or any other acute or chronic disease, your health and the recovery of it only comes after you are fully committed to the path of it. If you are 100% against over the counter medication and a health care professional is suggesting you take it, listen to their reasoning, consider their education and knowledge, and then make a decision that you feel comfortable with. If you love your tamiflu prescription and think everything about my blog is just way to hippy for you, that is more than ok by me and should be by you as well.

In this world, there will always be someone telling you that what you are doing is wrong. If you look hard enough, there will also be someone telling you that you are acting correctly as well. But only you can reassure yourself in the middle of the night that you are making the best decision(s) about your health! Be confident in who you are and what you are doing about your health, and stick to your guns about the way you are going to go about your health journey. You deserve it!


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