Hi Martha's Vinyard,
Thanks for your reply. We all (my 3 children and me) developed colds in late January and by February we were on antibiotics for bronchitis. My two younger ones are getting over what we thought might be the swine flu. But it turns out it was just a flu. My 12 year old son came down with it first in late June, then my 7 year old daughter came down with it a few weeks ago. My son is all better, my daughter is mostly better, only remaining symptom is a cough which is not at night and seems to be improving every day. So, I am thankful. My 14 year old son didn't get it, but he has bad allergies, so he is always sneezing etc. We are doing allergy testing on him in August, to see what he is allergic to. His Dad has allergies too, just like my 14 year old, all sinus related, but a real bother. He was tested and is on immunotherapy shots every week. My 14 year old has a severe needle phobia, so he is terrified of the prospect of having to do this. But we are taking it one step at a time.
Fortunately for me, I don't ever feel like anything is sitting on my chest, sometimes I can feel congestion when lying down when I am sick with bronchitis but it doesn't make me feel like I can't breathe. It is amazing how my anxiety works, when I am going through a tough time, which has been most of the time this year, I will feel tightness in chest, remind myself that I can breathe by taking a deep breath and singing. But the minute one of my children needs me, the tightness disappears. I swear just like that. With my daughters flu, I would be lying there all up tight feeling tight in chest, worrying about my daughter and anything I could think of and then my daughter would start coughing, I would know I needed to get to her. So I would and until she was better I felt completely fine, no symptoms what so ever. My focus was on her comfort and I didn't feel the physical stress during that time. Unfortunately when I knew my daughter was better, I would get uptight again. Wierd isn't it? Now that everyone is better I am less stressed , so I don't have the panic attacks like I was having. This is good. And I am also thankful that I didn't get the flu too, that would have made things a lot harder.
I am sorry that you have had so many health issues, and I agree with you about the chest xrays. They did one on my 7 year old in 08 because it took her a while to get rid of her cough after a bout of bronchitis. But I think we are just long healers and are sensitive to the cough reflex. Besides other then that she was fine, and as quickly as these things start, they end. The key for me is to not obsess and worry, but to just help them relax, give them medicine if they need it, (I too give supplements and am a big suppporter of alternative medicine) and then just let it take it's course. It will anyway, my fighting it with fear is a loosing battle.
Again, thanks for your reply.
Suds and Bubbles