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Food Poisoning and Respiratory Infection


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#1 Clementine

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:11 PM

First, I am so glad to hear our Gareth is home from the hospital. I kept checking in on him. Bless his heart, and yours too Margaret.

I have been sick since last Saturday and I am kind of worried. I did see a doctor in the UK, as I was traveling, so I couldn't see my regular doctor. I have been on Klaricid for almost the full dose. My Xray showed the fibrosis in the lower lungs, so the doctor couldn't really detect if this was anything new.

The food poisoning aspect is slowly subsiding, although it's still here and I lost 3 lbs in a week. It's now mainly in my throat and chest. I have been using UK product for cough and expectorant and boy, is that stuff sure worth the taste. Do you all think there is any value in seeing another doctor here in the US this week? I see my rheumatologist on Jan. 18 and I am bummed because this cold is going to effect my lung functioning tests!

I have no more fever but when I cough, I cough for so long and hard that it hurts and I end up sleeping with a cough drop in my mouth. I don't feel like there is a lot of phlegm but what there is, I am coughing up.

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Clem

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 01:51 AM

Sorry to hear that you've been ill while traveling here in the UK Clementine. If you've have finished your medication and are still not right I would go back and see your own doctor because it may be that you need more antibiotics or something.

I get lots of respiratory infections which triggers my asthma off and I find that steam inhaling really helps to ease the constant coughing especially at night when I go to bed. I also find that if the temperature is the same in each room it doesn't seem to trigger the excessive coughing as much.

Take Care of yourself and stay warm

Jensue

#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:20 AM

Hi Clem,

I'm sorry you're sick and that must have been especially tough with traveling on top of it all. Here's a WebMD article that might help you: Common Cold Symptoms: What's Normal, What's Not.

Here's hoping you're at the tail end of it and feeling a bit better -- soon!
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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:47 AM

Hi Clem,

Aaauuugggghhhh! Didn't your mom ever tell you not to go to sleep with candy (or a cough drop!) in your mouth because you might swallow it and choke? No?? OK, I'm a mom and a grandmom, so I'm telling you now!

Hope you're feeling better now and don't need that cough drop. :)

I think I'd see my doctor if I was still feeling icky~ You want to really blast those PFTs, don't you?

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:06 AM

Thank you ladies :).

Goodness, I totally knew not to go to bed with that cough drop but it was to the point of coughing up my lungs and guess it was worth the risk at that point! I was more concerned about rotting my teeth :). Even my dogs were scared when I would cough! Too cute.


Thanks,
Clem

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:53 PM

Are you feeling any better yet, Clem?
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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:06 PM

Oh yes, feeling much better. Thank you for asking. The cold/chest stuff is lingering but at least I now have an appetite. I feel like my GERD is really aggravated at the moment which isn't helping the cough.

xo,
Jen

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:10 AM

I'm glad you're doing better, Clem/Jen! :rolleyes:
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:11 AM

Hi Jen ,


Glad to hear that you are feeling better, too. Gareth's doing fine at home....even had a school day thrown in yesterday for added rest time. Thanks for your thoughts.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:46 PM

<<even had a school day thrown in yesterday>

Oops.....even had a SNOW day thrown in for added rest time. We had 1/2 inch of ice yesterday, so no school.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:10 PM

Hi Clementine

Sorry I'm late chiming in....sounds like you had it bad!! Glad to hear you are now feeling better though!
Sending good wishes your way!