Steroids Make Me Cray-Cray!

sickI’m usually in good health, but three weeks ago the hubster shared a formidable little microbe that wreaked havoc with my lungs and necessitated a prescription for a tapering dose of steroids.

I know, I know.  Short term steroid therapy speeds recovery from nasty bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia, but ai-yi-yi, how I hate them!

When I take that tiny white pill I make the energizer battery bunny look like a slug. I can’t sit still, I can’t sleep and I can’t stop cleaning things.

Despite my fever and ferocious cough, I mowed the lawn and did five straight hours of non-stop yard work. Then I went inside and washed all the floors in my house. The next day I washed every window in my house and was still up at one-thirty in the morning polishing the outside of the glass panes by streetlight. The next day I washed and detailed my car and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera for the next seven days.

The steroid story never ends happily for me. At the end of the treatment I crash spectacularly, weepy and exhausted.

This morning the hubster found me slouched on the couch, surrounded by crumpled up tissues and crying into the crook of my arm between coughing fits.

I lifted my head, staring at him with my bloodshot eyes. He was spooked instantly.

“Uh-oh,” he whispered, slowly backing out of the room.

“Uh-oh is right buster!” I wailed. “I’m at DEFCON 2.  Run for your life.”

And he did.

8 thoughts on “Steroids Make Me Cray-Cray!

  1. I am very allergic to poison ivy and whenever I am unfortunate enough to come into contact with it, it takes a tapering dose of steroids to banish the total body rash. Things are great on the high dose, but I am one mean girl on the way down.

    • Me too! My first two experiences with prednisone occurred because of poison ivy.

    • I always try to be a laa-dy, Katie, even when I’m sick. *coughing into tissue with little pinky finger held high*

  2. So cute!! I can relate, but I just had crazy energy that’s all. When I went back for my re-check I said can I have some more of those? ;0)

    • Ha! I’ll settle for coffee on occasion. Caffeine is the only substance my body can “almost” handle.

  3. Communication is key! Well at least you probably got rid of anything still carrying the bug. Maybe I should try some steroids, and go all Martha Stewart on my house…

    • I have doused this house in bleach and I can only hope I am well rid of it!

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