Monday, May 18, 2009
Minty Fresh Oxygen
For nearly a week I've been down with some sort of horrible respiratory problem. I started with a persistent cough and then, gradually, a fist closed around my lungs and I started wheezing as well. Not wanting to take off work I resorted to raiding the sample closet and treated myself with an albuterol inhaler and cough medicine. I left work early on Friday, thinking that a day or two of rest would help, but it got worse. Saturday night I nearly went to the emergency room because every few minutes I'd have to pop upright to catch my breath. I have no history of asthma, by the way.
Sunday morning I decided to visit the after hours clinic run by The Firm and one of the docs there checked me out. I was wheezing badly enough that he offered me oral steroids - which I declined - but did give me a steroid inhaler and antibiotics, and told me sternly not to show up for work today. I followed his advice. I felt better a few hours after starting the new meds and am a lot better today.
Possible interesting side note: as an experiment this morning, I decided to try drinking coffee (an old home remedy for asthma; the caffeine has an effect similar to theophylline). I hadn't had any coffee for two days, as I usually lose my taste for it when I get sick. All I can say is, IT WORKS. I noticed the difference in my breathing by the time I had finished my first cup. I did develop some shakiness, probably due to the caffeine-albuterol combo, but I didn't care. All I could think was "Oxygen! Minty fresh oxygen!"
As I said above, I have no history of asthma, but I did have an infection similar to this about eight years ago. This one was worse. I really can't explain the wheezing or bronchospasm (I don't smoke, either). I do have a lot of empathy for people with chronic respiratory problems: this was no fun at all. Hopefully it won't come back any time soon.
Friday, May 15, 2009
What's Your NPR Name?
I'm Alrice Troncones. Go here to figure out what yours is, then post in comments.
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