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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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7th-Feb-2011 04:41 pm
Everything hurts/Doesn't work
I probably still have stuff in my lungs from my last two bouts of ick; I definitely have inflammation. Apparently my peak airflow is less than half of "normal". Awesome fun!

So I'm on a steroid inhaler twice daily for the foreseeable future, plus Mucinex just in case. If my breathing does not improve, we'll Try Something Else.

Inflammation is a red flag for autoimmune in general, but given my two recent respiratory hells, it's likely that it's just that being sick for two months has aggravated my asthma to the point where it won't recover without extra help*. So. Now I have some extra help. Hopefully it'll work!

*and not that my immune system has decided that other parts of my body must be destroyed, which is a thing that we have to look out for forever.
7th-Feb-2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Being sick for two months is one of those things that's likely to give a normal person asthma.

Are they keeping an eye out for pneumonia, if it's stuff in your lungs that is still there from a while ago?

I wish you a refuah shlema, and I'm glad you went to the doctor, and I really hope it's just the you need the extra help recovering and not something worse.
7th-Feb-2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT REALLY WELL after each use. Says the woman half-way through 4x/day for two weeks anti-trenchmouth mouthwash. The yeasties in your mouth love to chew on steroids left behind when you use your inhaler. That makes them grow. It's a yucky ick that can turn seriously yucky if it becomes esophageal candida. Or something. So. Rinse, rinse, rinse.
8th-Feb-2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, after 2 months of respiratory hell I'm guessing it'd be pretty weird if your lungs weren't inflamed :/
I hope the extra help does its helping as quickly and painlessly as possible!
8th-Feb-2011 06:17 am (UTC)
Oh, I feel for you. I feel for you so hard.

1) What inhaler do they have you on?
2) Do you have a nebulizer?

If you have a nebulizer...
2a) Did they give you something for the nebulizer as well?
2b) Did they hold off on giving you nebulizer goods because they think the inhaler will take care of it?

If you don't have a nebulizer...
2a) If you don't have a nebulizer, you should ask and see what they say.

I say this because even though I'm on the strongest combo inhaler that's on the market right now, I still use my nebulizer and it helps me far more than my inhaler does.

If I'm coming off as preachy or bossy, please tell me so. (But I'm really just trying to help. *hug*)
8th-Feb-2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Trudging through the Philadelphia winters, I used to fantasize about nebulizers. It was always a good sign that I needed to up my dosage on the inhalers.
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