Didn't end up getting to talk to GP about the prednisone. Managed to have a 10 minute coughing fit in front of him - complete with blinding headache. He sent me next door for a chest x ray. I have pneumonia and an enlarged right ventricle.
Am heading out the door now - being admitted. Twice in a month - awesome,no?
I'm hoping I can talk the hospital out of an admission, but I'll have to see.