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   Posted 10/17/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I feel a vent coming on !!!!
I have one week to feel better. My flare is at the 3+ wk mark. On Wednesday I went
to my PCP and it turns out I also have a bacterial bronchitis infection. Started taking a
strong antibiotic Wednesday evening. I still am coughing up gunk. I won't be able to
take my next wkly dose of Methorexate because it is a low dose chemo drug that
suppresses my immune system. I take it for my MCTD. Don't know how that will affect me.
Here is the kicker, next Saturday I am supposed to fly in to Wisconsin to visit family.
My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer the summer of 2008. He had a part of his lung
removed and needs oxygen 24/7. My dad's health is declining and I really want to see
him. I want to be well enough to travel. I fly to WI every 3-4 months, but I don't know
if my dad has that long. I was told that I should be past the contagious state but I still
worry. I will be staying at my daughter's home. She is married and I have a precious
little grandaughter. I don't want to make anybody sick. I can deal with the flare but I
sure want the bronchitis to be gone.
ooooOO that felt good. Thanks
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   Posted 10/17/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Robin, I use Mucinex when I have bronchitis and it has helped me a lot.  It's over the counter.  Maybe you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about this and if it would interact with any of your other meds.  I was given antibiotics and told about Mucinex by my doctor and i use it whenever there is lung congestion.
I'll keep you in my prayers for a healthy, successful trip back to WI.
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   Posted 10/17/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherine is right about the Mucinex. My husband uses it.

I hope you can go on your trip. I bet the antibiotic will start kicking in for you. Drink lots and rest whenever you can.
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   Posted 10/17/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I think Mucinex is the same as generic guafenisin...not sure, but I think it is. I bought the generic, in capsule form, at a CVS and it was incredibly cheap and it does work to loosen up the congestion. Also, lots of liquids helps to water down the gunk. My fingers are crossed that you are able to go!!
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   Posted 10/17/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, myjoy and Miriam

Thanks for the info on Mucinex. Luckily my cough is very loose and productive, really
productive. I might even lose some weight. Feel like I have drank enough water to launch
a ship. I plan to call the doctor on Monday and ask if I can take the Mucinex along with my
meds. If he says yes, I will definately keep some on hand.

Thanks for your well wishes. My fibro family is great!

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   Posted 10/18/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Robin hopefully with the antibiotic you won't be contagious by the time you leave. Ask your doc about that and also ask if wearing a mask around your dad would keep him from getting anything that you might still have. I hope you get to go even if it means scrubbing in like a doc before surgery to see the ones you love. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Marlee, I am going to do anything I can to get there! It is difficult to be so far away
from family, escpecialy now with my dad so ill. We are very close and I talk to him everyday.
He is a great inspiration to me. My dad had a stroke and lost his vision in one eye, has
Parkinsons disease, myelodysplastic anemia(a type of blood cancer) and had part of his
lung removed due to cancer. He also celebrated 39 years of sobriety and still goes to weekly
AA meetings. Over the years he has helped countless people often, getting up in the middle
of the night to go help others. I love my dad and I'm so proud of him!



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   Posted 10/19/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
If it helps any, when I get really congested I get out the echenacia and marshmallow root. The
echenacia is an immune booster and the marshmallow root breaks up mucus.

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   Posted 10/19/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I also reccomend the mucinex or the generic brand. Keep in mind the generic is usually in smaller doses. I could only find 250mg versus the 650-1200mg of Mucinex. So you may have to take more. even if your cough is productive, you will be suprised how helpful the mucinex is at making it even more so!!

I am just now getting over pnuemonia. I was taking 2 different cough suppressants, an antibiotic, a decongestant (to stop further drainage in my lungs) and mucinex. All Dr prescribed and the Dr told me to continue the mucinex until symptoms were gone!

I am now medication free!! YAY! But it really took all 5 to knock everything out and stop it in it's tracks! I was a day or two away from being hospitalized! YUCK! I'd put a call in to the Dr asap and see if Mucinex is okay to take. I am sure it is, but you really want their okay first... if you are taking a decongestant, make sure you get just regular mucinex, not Mucinex D which has an added decongestant.

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   Posted 10/19/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and I do hope you get to feeling better...not only so you feel safe to travel, but that you actually ENJOY the trip while you are there. It is so touching that you are going to see your father who seems to be declining and your precious granddaughter who is just beginning her journey.

Anyway, is there a way you can change your flight tickets to a week later? The extra few days might help. Also, ask your doc or pharmacist if they think you will be past the contagious stage by the time you go. Otherwise, head to the pharmacy and buy a pack of those surgical masks and wear them when you see dad and granddaughter. Might ease your mind.

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   Posted 10/19/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You, Nana, Nomadicmom, and Chutzie

Nana, I wish I could take immune boosters, Rhuemy has me on immunosupressants,
he did take me off until my infection clears up. The marshmallow root sounds interesting.
I am drinking plenty of fluids and getting lots of Vitamin C!

Nomadicmom, happy to hear your pnuemonia is going away, that's something to celebrate!

Chutzie, thanks for your kind words. Life is a journey, there is always a beginning & end.

I went to the pharmacy and picked up a new prescription. I am feeling better each day,
and believe by week's end I will be healthy, happy and ready to embrace my family!

Thanks again, my fibro family PS I did get some Mucinex

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   Posted 10/20/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you are drinking your fluids but I'm gonna repeat what everyone said and then some. When I had pneumonia I was taking forever to get better so the doc told me to drink two swallows of water every time I coughed. Every time... He also put me on 8 oz. of gatorade a day (which I HATE!) so I poured about an ounce of it in each bottle of water as I refilled it. This simple treatment along with lots of naps really got me on the road to health. I was also on an asthma inhaler and an industrial strength mucinex-type prescription drug. That, along with the water really helped me get all the crud up out of my lungs, but the doc said that the expectorants (like mucinex) won't work without lots of water. The gatorade kept my electrolytes up because lots of water depletes your sodium and potassium levels. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jeannie for the advice and prayers. I will have to get some gatorade, been
eating potato chips, I suppose that doesn't count for potassium and sodium
replacement. Still drinking lots and lots of water and getting plenty of vitamin C.
The new antibiotic I'm on is supposed to be a stronger, broader spectrum and I think
it is doing it's job. Now I have to take Immodium.....and the fun continues!
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