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ESLD_stinks
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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate this time of year. The kids and I all have colds, which means that none of us can visit my dad. I don't want him catching a cold and ending up with pneumonia. :( We have precious little time left, I don't want to lose a couple of weeks of not being able to see him. And talking to him on the phone is a royal pain because he nods off a lot sometimes and will drop the phone.

I know, with what everyone else is grappling with, a cold seems so minor, it just steels away time that I have with my father. :(

Butterflythree
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ESLD, I'm sorry that your family is sick. My family just had that a few weeks ago. It was not fun. It is still lingering a bit in my chest. I think that is due to my smoking. My husband managed to avoid it. It is a miracle. He has a low immune system due to the cirrhosis and usually catches everything.

I do understand. A cold is not a minor thing when it is taking away precious moments with your loved one. I'll be praying that you all get well soon so that you can see your dad.
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hep93
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, ESLD.  Well, that's a bummer.  I understand your feeling that it is taking away time from visiting and being with your dad.  However, you are right in not wanting to expose him to your germs.

I have a little tip I'd like to share for the next time you start to feel a cold coming on.  It is very important to do this at the first sneeze or sign of a sore throat or just feeling "blah."  Take 2 Alka Seltzer Plus tablets in about 6 oz. of water, along with 1000 mg of vit. C.  Four hours later, repeat this but do only 500 mg of C.  Then again in 6 hours.  That should knock it out; however, should it linger until the next day, continue with AS+ and 500 mg of C every 6 hours. 

I've found if I do this before the cold has had a chance to "take hold," it works every time.  If you wait too long, it won't work, though it will help you feel a little better.  Of course, with kids around, it's nearly impossible to avoid catching their colds, and I wouldn't recommend the above regimen for children.

I hope you feel better SOON!


Hugs,
Connie
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
 
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ESLD_stinks, Colds stink too! Been trying to give mine to someone else but it's not working.........it seems to want to be with me.

You are doing the right thing.......when patients are already sick with ESLD it's really hard for them to fight off any other illness.

But I sure hope that cold gets over with soon..........

Thoughts and prayers..........
Pink Grandma
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ESLD_stinks
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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
THanks guys! I must have caught just a slight bit of it, little sniffle and a couple sneezes. I'm good, the kids still have barking nasty coughs, so they won't be going to see grandpa. But I did manage to slip buy for a little bit yesterday. At home alone with the little one today, so I can't go buy, but I'll try again tomorrow.

Hep, I'll be trying that next time!

hep93
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
ESLD, I'm glad you're doing okay.  You could still try the treatment I mentioned as a preventative measure.  The only contraindication would be uncontrolled high blood pressure. 

Hugs,
Connie
 
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
 
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


exhaused
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Total Posts : 445
   Posted 11/21/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
ESLD
I can relate to talking on the phone and falling a sleep.  Your the first person I heard this from.  I thought my husband was the only one to do that.  He did that to me last friday and I charged home.  He was still a sleep at the kitchen table with the phone in his lap.  He also does that while he's eating.  Sometimes it takes him an hour to eat a small meal.  I thought after this last transfusion he would perk up but no luck.  I feel your pain.  I hope you get lots of special time with your dad over the holidays.
 
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