Hi Wendi! I was wondering how you were doing. I totally understand your frustration. I ended up getting ten shots (where the sun don't shine) of rocephin for the lung infection that I was fighting. The amoxicillin didn't work...it was resistant. I couldn't take any other antibiotic by mouth (Every one I've tried has caused me to have gastritis BADLY, and when I had reflux, it refluxed into my esophagus and kick up my asthma.)
Anyway, the rocephin worked, but the area where the infection was, had asthma pretty badly. Tight, wheeze, mucous...asthma in that area--but not the rest of my lungs. Just that area.
So I kept trying to deal with it with just albuterol, serevent, and flovent. I was trying to avoid the nebulizer, since I lived with that for over a year--nebulizing at least twice a day. Most of my lungs were fine, but I kept coughing and coughing--constantly. Feeling tight. It was so frustrating. I totally know how you're feeling.
Finally, Friday, I just gave up and decided to use the nebulizer (with xopenex). That was the best decision I ever made. Over the weekend I nebulized three times a day, and my lungs cleared up tremendously.
For hours between nebulizing, my lungs felt great. The wheeze went away, the coughing stopped...day and night. (For hours longer than the nebulizing meds would work...it was more long lasting.)
I think the nebulizer allowed the serevent and flovent to finally get into the problem areas. What a difference. I am hardly coughing at all now.
So...although I'm nebulizing twice a day, it's well worth it. I believe it's really helping my lungs improve, now that the other inhaled meds can get where they need to go.
If you're struggling that much, Wendi, you need to get to an asthma doc, or whoever you see, and get some meds. It's exhausting to keep coughing and coughing, and you can't help but worry about its effect on the wrap/hernia repair.
I can only tell you that, although I'd rather not have to take any meds for my athma, the protocol I'm following now has really changed my post nissen life! Hopefully the meds will heal the area that is inflamed, and my lungs will improve to the point where I'm not needing to nebulize. (Just two times a day today...I was back at school, but I still did well all day...hardly any coughing at all.)
So...that's what I'd advise...get to a doctor who can evaluate your lungs, and prescribe the things you need to get feeling better.
Now I know your lungs are giving you fits, but how is your wrap/stomach and eating going? If I remember right, you'll be going back to school after six weeks, and that's getting close! I started today...just did running records for reading levels, and my sub stayed in the classroom. Tomorrow I'll be back in the classroom in full swing. It'll be interesting! It feels good to be back.
I'm glad you posted. I was wondering how you were doing. I hope you can get some relief for your lung problems. I'm not saying I'm cured, but it's day and night. keep in touch, Wendi!
Get feeling better. I definitely know how you're feeling!