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My bronchitis deal
Jan 2, 2008
Here is my deal

Got a cough, it was horrible, I was choking on phlegm, I have never been one of those guys that could "hock up" anything, never
I guess my gag reflex is just to sensitive.
Anyway, I would cough up at first green, then after about a week white, which I heard is good (green being an infection), I would have to sit down quickly for this because I have a bad back and standing and basically throwing up mucus was to hard on me (cant win)
Anyway, went to doc (no insurance), he listened to my lungs (clear), took temp (fine), told me to get an expectorant and gave me a script for cough syrup (codeine)
Did all that, it was the same but not worse.
I have sleep apnea (yes I am a wreck)..dont have a machine (no insurance and trust me, I know, I need to get the tests and machine and I am working on it as well as losing weight as when i was thinner I didnt have the sleep problem)
One night I woke up not breathing, and I dont mean briefly, I stood up choking, unable to breath, I saw stars, It was like trying to suck air thru a balloon knot..
somehow I recovered.
Now my cough has gone to this dry annoying non productive cough.
Oh yeah, got a humidifier, I cant tell difference.
Anyway, not choking on body fluid is a good thing so now here is my deal
Dry cough, and REAL dry throat, when i yawn, at the apex of the yawn it feels like the back of my throat is coated in sandpaper and stuck together producing violent coughing spasms
I wasnt better but I was well enough to actually go places and just be "a guy coughing"
BTW, I dont and have never smoked nor worked around chemicals
This originally came on like a flu, I woke up and knew I was "getting sick"
Then I got what felt like a REAL flu, like the one going around, so I went to doc next day, checked lungs (fine), and blood oxygen level (fine), and even though bronchitis is a virus there are some bacterial considerations so he gave me 5 super anti-biotics (1 a day)
I also drinks tons of water, orange juice, garlic pills, C pills, and trying to just rest (hard to do when laying down is the worst position for this deal)
So this is day 5 of the antibiotics, so those are gone and well we can count on having NO bacteria in my system good or bad for sure (I will take probiotics tomorrow to re-populate some "good stuff"
BTW, I first got this "ailment" about 2 1/2 months ago
This is amazing.
So now during day, and doing normal stuff, i just have a "cough", but at night its like someone sucked all the water from my throat and it is closing and made of sandpaper and basically I sleep a few hours a night because the rest of the time I am coughing or falling asleep then waking up not breathing.

I imagine that having the physical attributes to give me sleep apnea and NOT the best with bronchitis that is a condition that causes swelling in bronchial tubes, this is the most obvious deduction I can make
Anyway, my doctor doesnt seem worried (even though docs rarely show emotion) but his his demeanor is "this stuff happens it takes time"
I asked him how long is the longest he has seen, he almost interuppted me (in a good way, as if he knew I was gonna ask) he said "6 months"
I dont know if I should be taking cough syrup at this time, it still feels like I need to cough something up, but there is nothing, we will see about that one
SO anyway, I cant really say i am asking a question or answering one, but this is my experience up till now

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