02.05.2020 Always get a second opinion

Last Sunday I decided I needed to see a doctor and went to a walkin clinic nearby as my doctor’s office is closed on weekends. Back in October 2018 when I had that mosquito bite, a doctor there very well saved my life by recognizing the seriousness of my condition although he had no idea what was wrong.  He encouraged me to check into the hospital.  Had I not who knows..  This time the result was a little different.  I saw a PA who mistook my symptoms for a cold and sent me home to take Tylenol and Robitussin.  That didn’t help much and I called my doctor who based on the PA who saw me said Codeine would do more.  It did help me sleep but things didn’t improve other than that.  Today I made an appointment at my Medical Group and the diagnosis is pneumonia. To be fair, I didn’t have a fever, body chills and aches, or some of the other typical symptoms. Aside from having had a pneumonia vaccine a while back, I have been taking good care so, while pneumonia is nothing to fool with, my condition is not as terrible as it might be.  But the key was the second opinion rather than relying on the first diagnosis  and waiting the thing out. Still taking codeine at night but during the day doxycxycline and probiotics as well as a mist inhaler.  I feel better already…sort of.  🙂

I missed a day earlier this week so as to not repeat that I went back into the archives for another water image that I don’t believe was shared here. But if I did it is a favorite image from 2011 so again is good too.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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48 Responses to 02.05.2020 Always get a second opinion

  1. Andrew says:

    Good to know you have a proper diagnosis now Steve and hence correct treatment. I have also had a pneumonia jab and it seems pretty effective. Get lots of rest and you’ll be out again asap.

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    • Thanks, Andrew. If there’s a reason for an immunization, I’m in line. The fact that I got a shot and still had the illness doesn’t dissuade me. It could have been worse.
      I have been getting a lot of rest and am just now starting to get cabin fever.

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Sad to hear that you’re unwell and as you say pneumonia is nothing to fool with. I know you’ll take good care of yourself. Just hoping recovery will be as speedy as possible Steve.

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  3. Get well soon. Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with.

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  4. Oh, I’m sorry to hear about your run-in with pneumonia. Do you think being out in the cold to take pictures was a contributing factor?

    As for the image, the foreground really dominates. That said, I’m impressed that you maintained sharpness so far back.

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    • I don’t think the cold was the cause…I bundle up pretty thoroughly. One of the guys at work came in with a scratchy throat and I think I took it from there. I had been to someone’s house who had a serious cold but don’t think it came from there. I’ve always heard that cold doesn’t cause colds.

      My 16-35 is a very sharp copy. I never compared it to others but it has served me well.

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  5. I wish you a speedy recovery, Steve.

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  6. Glad you got a correct diagnosis and are on the mend. Beautiful image.

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  7. Jim R says:

    Take care of yourself.

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    Thank goodness you got that second opinion! I hope you recover very quickly…but give yourself plenty of time before you head back out into the cold with your camera. Take care of yourself!

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  9. shoreacres says:

    By your description, it sounded as though you might have contracted what we used to call walking pneumonia. When I looked it up, I found it’s still called that: a milder form that can be mistaken for a cold. Those second opinions can be useful; I’m glad you got one.

    I hope you’re out of the woods soon, so you can get back into woods like these!

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    • Yes, it probably is walking pneumonia and my doctor concurred. I am glad I got one too. It made an immediate difference in my response to treatment.
      Thanks, Linda. I am eager to get out but won’t be rushing it either.

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  10. krikitarts says:

    It’s hard to overestimate the value of a second–or even third–opinion! Good to hear that you’re improving, for sure. That’s a beautiful bit of (spring?) woods; where was that?

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    • That’s true and I can vouch for it. I was getting no better with the first.

      Yes, it is spring time in this image. Unfortunately once summer arrives this spot is more trickle than brook. It is in Pelham, MA just a few miles from me.

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  11. Hannah Keene says:

    Hope you feel better soon Stephan!

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  12. Bloody marvellous frame, Steve! Stick in, do as your told and get well soon! Very best, Rob 🙏

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet image, Steve. I esp. like how the eye is led to the light green leaves upstream. Take care of yourself!

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  14. Todd Henson says:

    I see why it’s a favorite image, and well it should be. Beautifully composed. I can’t say I’m glad to hear you have pneumonia, but I’m glad you were able to get a good diagnosis. Medicine still seems an art form at times, despite all the scientific advances related to it. I hope you continue to get better, Steve!

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    • There are times when the human body does not yield all the necessary clues and one has to take things a step at a time. Getting urgent care when needed is well to have at hand and it got me through a day until my regular health care folks were available. I am continuing to improve, thanks.
      Glad you like the image, Todd. It was one of the few times I have actually donned waders for a shot.

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  15. A lovely capture of the falls, Steve! Continue to take it easy –wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  16. I am pleased you got through this Steve. Magical image!

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  17. melissabluefineart says:

    It is a wonderful image. Thank goodness you persevered and got a correct diagnosis.

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  18. Wishing you improved health. So glad you listened to your instinct and got the 2nd opinion. Too often, at least where I live, patients are quickly written off. Personally, I’m not fond of PAs or anything less than an MD or DO as that is the expertise I am paying a high bill for…yet sadly, so many of the less experienced don’t seem to know much. As my Mom use to say, “They are guessing.”

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    • Thank you. It is hard to know anything with the body for 100%. A lot is best guesswork based on experience and that’s where a doctor offers the better chance for a correct diagnosis. That said, I’ve received some great care from PAs too. Some times a doctor just isn’t available and waiting for one isn’t the best option. Although he was not accurate, the one I saw at first at least got me on the road even if not quite at the speed I would have liked.
      We are lucky to have some very good care here both in hospitals and smaller groups such as then one I visit.

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  19. bluebrightly says:

    Yikes, pneumonia in the winter. I’m glad you were “proactive” (I hate that word) and finally were properly diagnosed. Like I said in the next post, I do hope you’re feeling much better now – but still doing everything you need to do to get better. Maybe no going out for a while.

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