I went to the doctor for a physical yesterday—no particular reason, just decided it was time for a checkup. Everything turned out to be fine; she said I should get more exercise, but I already knew that. Hoping to start riding my bike to work again soon.
But she said something else that did surprise me:
Every year for the past three or four years, I've gone to the doctor in February or March because of a lingering cough.
My perception and memory has been that once every three or four years, I get a winter cold that lasts an extremely long time, but that most years I don't.
And I have no memory of having gone to the doctor about a cough since three or four years ago.
But apparently I do it every year around the same time.
So the doctor suggested, even more strongly than the physician's assistant had a couple weeks ago, that this might be allergies.
It still seems weird to me. I've never shown any other signs of allergies that I know of, and I'm strangely resistant to the idea that I might be allergic to something; maybe it just doesn't fit my self-image or something.
I was so surprised by all this that it didn't occur to me to ask how to find out what I'm allergic to. The cough seems to have pretty much gone away, as of late last week (it had only been once or twice a day for a couple weeks before that), so maybe there's no easy way to determine that at this point, I dunno. Anyway, the doctor said that if it starts up again, I should try Claritin. So I guess I'll try that.
I searched my blog archives to see if I'd mentioned going to the doctor for a cough in recent years; I haven't mentioned it. And I still have no memory of it. Odd.