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03 January 2010 @ 04:25 pm
It tastes just like medicine.  
So I've been coughing and hacking and wheezing for a couple of weeks now. It's been grand, but the coughs have been increasing in frequency and depth so yesterday I resigned myself to the fact that they won't go away on their own and called the Advice Nurse at Kaiser. She suggested a phone consultation with a doctor (lame!) and after waiting FOREVER for the doctor to call (my 'appointment was at 10:10 am, but I wasn't actually called until noon) I was told that I needed an inhaler because the bacteria had gotten so deep into my lungs that atomizing the medicine and spraying it into the lungs was the only way to fight the cold.

So I'm really skeptical about this inhaler thing that Seanie brings me. (He was sweet enough to go to the pharmacy while I rested at home between my two job shifts.) Last night I went poof, poof with the inhaler and nothing. No results. Totally lame. Actually, the only result was I felt light-headed and dizzy, so Seanie had to drive me to work. SUPER lame.

But I tried the inhaler again this morning, and lo and behold it actually helped to suppress my coughing. Instead of hacking up a lung every two-three seconds I have several minutes of peace. I can even complete a sentence sometimes! It's amazing. Hopefully it keeps working.

Seanie says I have to do this for the next four to six weeks, though. Lame. I don't have asthma, so it's weird using an inhaler. But I'm so tired of coughcoughcoughing all the time, so I'll give anything a whirl.
 
 
 
Minphantomminuet on January 4th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
My doctor gave me an inhaler for my bronchitis. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be doing, but I'm using it faithfully. :-)
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on January 4th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
i wish my doctor had done that!! i was sick for over 6 months i swear a few years ago... horrific. just kept coughing (went to the e.r. at one point cuz i had a searing pain in my side and i thought something had busted... turns out twas my muscles from coughing so much/hard D: ) and none of the docs at school knew what to do with me. i would've loved some sort of inhaler thingy!
broken: listeningliich on January 4th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
i've had a lung infection like that before and got an inhaler - it helped a lot! it takes a bit to get going, but that's partially due to the fact that you may not be able to utilize full lung capacity at the moment. also, since i had an inhaler before, i had recieved instructions at that time. when i had the lung infection, the doctor didn't bother to tell me the following:

1) breathe in as deep as possible, then exhale as much as possible (do once or twice)
2) do one puff and breathe in as deep as possible. try not to directly spray any part of your mouth. you may want to actually hold the puffer just outside of your mouth.
3) HOLD THE PUFF (for lack of a better term at this hour) FOR AT LEAST 10 SECONDS - this is important
4) exhale
5) repeat
6) rinse our your mouth because the inhaler can cause thrush or sores in your mouth. i've never had either, but i always rinse.

one little tip for inhaling, they have a thing that you can buy to help breathe in the puff reducing the amount that stays in your mouth. i can't remember what it's called right now, but that doesn't matter. what you can do is get a regular sized water bottle (500mL i belive...not sure if you measure in mL in the US) and cut a hole big enough in the bottom to fit the open end of the inhaler in. spray the puff into the bottle and inhale from the other end. that helps the puff get into your lungs much better!

hope you feel better soon!!