Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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still sick

I am still sick... The virus I caught nearly two weeks ago has turned into one of my lovely bouts of bronchitis. kl1964 reminded me that I used to endure this in 2000 on a regular basis. I remember it as a fact, but that's all. He said, "You know it will pass because it passed back then." I am trying to take comfort in this; but I feel like I am going to be sick forever. My cough has wrecked my voice, so the next phone post I do will probably be a celebratory "I have a voice again!!!" I was going to do a this-is-how-I-sound-now post, but it's just ringing and ringing...

I remember that I used to sing when I was sick like this... I would be scheduled to sing lead on a choir song, and I was sick so often that my time to sing almost always fell on a day when I was very sick. I pulled out the recordings and listened. There is no way I could do that now. I haven't rebuilt my vocal health after my surgeries... I had just started singing again in November; and while I had more stamina, I didn't have what I needed to sing through this kind of illness--and I'm not used to being sick like this anymore. There is something to be said for the fact that when you live with illness on a regular basis, you learn to function with it; but when you're not used to it, it crashes you. I haven't done my peak flows this week... I'm better today than I have been for much of the week--I can talk minimally right now. My peak flow before inhaler was 225; after inhaler was 300, and that will wear off in about an hour. This is after three days of oral Prednisone.

Unfortunately, there is not much to do medically for bronchitis. My mom said she remembers my grandmother having it. I did research and found some recommendations for natural remedies that had been studied in double-blind clinical trials. I only have two of them in my possession. I do have some echinacea-mint tea left, and I am using it. I had stopped my DayPro since it aggravates my asthma at times. Today I restarted it: it's a non-steroidal anti-inflamatory, which is supposed to help relieve bronchial inflamation and pain. It seems to be helping a bit.


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