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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bobm, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jan 12, 2019
    bobm

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    About a week ago, I started to cough, then a few hours later much more coughing. The next afternoon, my wife insisted that I go to the clinic. A female doctor from India diagnosed a virus cold and said that there is no medication needed just time to ward it off. A day later, I was CAUGHING NON STOP and my diaphram and abdominal muscles were very sore... so my wife took me to emergency room. Over a hundred masked people and nurses filled the room with nonstop coughing heard. 3 hours later I saw a Doctor who examined me. He then said he will be right back. 15 minutes later he came back and said that he is sending me to a Hospital for treatment. My wife drove me across town ( NO ambulance was available ) to a large Hospital where I got the last bed out of several Hospitals in the Portland, Or / Vancouver, Wa. metro area on the luxury 6th floor nose bleed sweet. All Hospitals were overflowing as beds were occupied in the halls and several Hospitals were not accepting any more walk ins or ambulance patients. Upon arrival after 6 PM, I was wheeled into an Emergency room where a Nurse ( she was the exact body double to Stormy, who was in the news recently, with a bubbly personality) came in with a cart in tow for an EKG. First reading was off the charts... then another male nurse told me to shut my eyes for a few minutes and they will take another reading. A vampire arrived and took several tubes of blood, and my nurse gave me Oxygen . Doctor then came in with first results about 45 minutes later and said my room is being cleaned and in the meantime, exrays were ordered, and the Doctor used a long wire with a small swab to take a sample for ID analyis of what was the culprit. I was wheeled into the 6th floor luxury sweet about 2 AM. I was poked and proded ever half hour to an hour so I got no sleep. At 9 AM, a nurse came in with another wire to take another nose synus swab as the first swab was negative. This one turned up negative, but my white blood count was off the charts and I was still coughing non - stop. A wise older doctor then arrived examined me , and based on all of the tests ordered an IV with CEFPODIXIME a new antibacterial drug . Next morning ... my white blood count was down somewhat, so another IV. which lowered the count some more, so next morning another IV . To help suppress the cough, I was given BENZONATATE capcules and prescription Cheratussin AC 3 X / day to suppress the cough. These 2 are only somewhat effective as my COUGH is still quite severe and very often. My diaphram and abdominal muscles are very sore. Doctor says that this will continue for at least 2 weeks to a month. I was just discharged with the 2 prescription anti- cough drugs , plus Cefpodixime antibiotic capsules and probiotics. Diagnosis : bronchitis with bacterial pneumonia ( culture for specific bacteria ID - still not identified ) . How serious was it one may ask .... Doctor said that if my wife waited just a few more hours, I would have been sprouting daisies and playing a harp duet with NYboy. Did NYboy contract this very fast acting bug or not ? I don't know as more likely than not he didn't see a Doctor due to his loyalty to his clients. :idunno RIP NYboy !!! :old





















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  2. Jan 12, 2019
    Rammy

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    Im so glad you got to the hospital and got the help you needed. Kudos to your wife for taking you when she did and not waiting. Please rest and get better. We dont need you being able to greet NYBoy in person.
     
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  3. Jan 13, 2019
    flowerbug

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    hope you can get some rest without coughing.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2019
    digitS'

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    Watching Doc Martin is a strange way to learn about about healthcare but one of the characters had a cough that led to a serious situation in this week's episode.

    He was treating himself with a cough suppressant and seemed completely content with doing that. A trip to Doc Martin prompted the doc to say that the suppressant may only be masking an underlying cause. That cause, adult-onset asthma, only became apparent when the patient collapsed after a hike up a neighborhood hill. He was carted off in an ambulance after emergency care by Doc Martin.

    Asthma is not a minor health problem. Like a lot of kids, my DD was diagnosed with the condition when she was about 5 years old. The school nurse was not permitted to treat her with any medication and she was too young to use a nebulizer or inhaler on her own in kindergarten and first grade.

    Treatment was every 6 hours if I remember right and had to be carefully timed around my own schedule so that I could drop by the school nurse's office and "shoot" her with the nebulizer. I also did that overnight when she was asleep. It made an important difference.

    As an adult, she is troubled by respiratory allergies. I remember sitting in the exam room when she was a teenager and having the MD tell me that the allergies and the earlier asthma were the same thing - one effecting the chest, the other, the sinuses. (I'm not a doctor, don't count on my memory of a conversation ;)).

    These days, and 30-something, she is doing well treating herself with some food-avoidance because of a diagnosis. She was told that respiration can be involved with these food allergies. Of course, we all know about those extreme cases ... But, we all have sensitive reactions to our environments, sometimes allergies that rise and ebb.

    Whatever interferes with breathing is a problem ... all the way down to a minor inconvenience. Take care of yourself, Bob. Think about, ask about, a nebulizer. It sure was an obvious help to her. Inhalers, too. Calmed the cough while treating both the irritation and underlying cause.

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  5. Jan 13, 2019
    Ridgerunner

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    Glad you made it through the crisis. Hoping for a complete recovery.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2019
    catjac1975

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    I am very glad you got proper care. From the sound of the hospital it seems as if it was full of people suffering as you were. So...not the flu? Was it still considered a virus? Get better soon.
     
  7. Jan 13, 2019
    Rhodie Ranch

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    OH MY>>>>>>what a story and what a save! Of your life!!
     
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  8. Jan 14, 2019
    henless

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    So glad your wife took you to the ER. Hope you are feeling better.
     
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  9. Jan 14, 2019
    baymule

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    That sounds like one bad bug. Glad that you are still with us, that was a CLOSE one!
     
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  10. Jan 16, 2019
    Gardening with Rabbits

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    Nyboy said he could not stop coughing. I have heard about something in the news, but not sure what it is. Glad you got help.
     

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