Finally made the connection that the nasty cough I had for 4+ weeks was bronchitis. The clue was the low-grade fever they found when I was at my prenatal appointment. I should have figured it out sooner as I have had bronchitis many times, but in the past it's always been associated with flu and ending up in the E.R., so I didn't recognize it. Also, having been sick constantly this past year, I have develped a high tolerance for feeling crappy and thinking it's normal. Also, I attributed a lot of my general ickiness to pregnancy, which maybe wasn't the entire reason.
Since I developed a throat infection the last day of work that lasted quite a while, I guess this means I have been sick 5-1/2 weeks of the 6 weeks since I haven't been working. Man, am I feeling relieved to be less cough-y. I can even speak pretty normally (for me) now, although I won't be doing any recording any time soon. Stupid lung infections.
Did you know that bronchitis is associated with depression? I knew that illness in general was likely to contribute to depression, but I didn't know about the specific bronchitis connection. Makes sense though. It's so damn draining to have one's lungs operating poorly.
I feel a lot perkier now. Now, must go eat an entire animal of some kind. (Sorry Eph, Martha, some other sisters, Dad, and some cousins.)