sinus infections & pneumonia

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I have felt really bad for a few days with a cold and ran a fever yesterday and today. My son's cough has gotten worse instead of better as he recovers from the flu. Off to the doctor we went. DS has sinus infection; cough is from head drainage only THANK HEAVENS! I was afraid he had bronchitis. Nope, lungs are clear. We both tested negative for flu and strep.

My turn: I am "not moving enough air". Doctor asked if someone could come pick my son up. WTF? "In case a breathing treatment here doesn't help tremendously, you are going to the hospital in an ambulance." The nebulizer treatment did the trick and I got to come home with lots of new, exciting drugs. How can I have pneumonia??? I asked the doctor and he said he was certain by the sounds of my lungs but I could go to the ER and get a chest xray to confirm if I wanted. Um no. Either way, it's the same antibiotic to treat the sinus infection in my head and the pneumonia in my lungs. I haven't been coughing as much as I normally do with pneumonia so I had no clue. Dammit.

No wonder I feel like ****ing ****.
Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear this. Rest lots and lots

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Oh no I am so sorry. I agree with rest and tea. And netflix.
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Honestly, even though it's more severe I have thought I wasn't as sick with pneumonia as I was when I had bronchitis. I don't get the same whistling with pneumonia every time, and while not necessarily feeling caught up in breath tend to not move enough air to have it cause coughing - and you don't always notice when the reduction in oxygen you get only slowly decreases.


I'm glad it was caught, though, and that you're on medication which should help it get better! Take care of yourself, and don't push it even though you'll probably feel fine and want to push faster than the doctors say you can.
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Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest.

Lots of deep breathing & coughing to help with air exchange.
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Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Honestly, even though it's more severe I have thought I wasn't as sick with pneumonia as I was when I had bronchitis. I don't get the same whistling with pneumonia every time, and while not necessarily feeling caught up in breath tend to not move enough air to have it cause coughing - and you don't always notice when the reduction in oxygen you get only slowly decreases.


I'm glad it was caught, though, and that you're on medication which should help it get better! Take care of yourself, and don't push it even though you'll probably feel fine and want to push faster than the doctors say you can.
Originally Posted by NetG
The doctor used me as a training device. I never wheeze or whistle so sometimes medical professionals don't take me seriously when I say I am having trouble breathing. He asked if he could use me for a demonstration. I agreed because I wish more medical profs understood the exceptions to the rules as well as the rules. He had all the nurses and PAs come in and listen to me. They were all shocked that there is no wheezing but they could all clearly hear the pneumonia down deep in my lungs. I felt a bit like a lab rat but was glad to open their eyes.

I felt even worse yesterday and slept on and off all day. Today I feel a bit better but am very weak. The coughing has now started, but I know that means it is working its way out and out is good!

Thanks for the advice and well wishes! I am off to take my zinc and wash it down with echinacea tea and honey and lemon. The antibiotics are working a number on me though. Ugh.
I'm glad it's moving for you! What antibiotics are you on? I'm allergic to penicillin and sensitive to erythromycin, so very limited on what antibiotics I can take when needed.


I remember when I was in 5th grade and got pneumonia for the first time my doctor told me to lightly hit a flat side of a fist against myself near where the problems were to help loosen the gunk in my lungs.
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I am on 1,000 mg of amoxicillan 3 times a day. It's kicking my butt. But I won't take biacin unless the amoxicillan doesn't work because biacin makes me very lightheaded and dizzy and I cannot handle that on top of everything else.

I have actually gone to a chiropracter before when I had pneumonia and traditional treatments weren't working and I didn't want to be hospitalized. He did some treatment that involved these big circular water containers that he put on my chest and they made whoosing noises and after that all the crud started to break loose. He also thumped me on the chest and back a bunch too. So I keep that as a back-up plan!
I know this can be controversial; however, did you have a flu shot? I've have noticed that in past few years that when the H1N1 came out, I noticed a difference in my health.
Originally Posted by curlydiva4
I do not get the flu shot because I am allergic to eggs. If I get the flu shot, they have to give me a shot of benadryl in the spot first; wait 15 minutes; give me the flu shot, and then give me a 3rd shot that has steroids in it. All into the same flippin' location. It's too brutal and every year I have done this, I have ended up with the flu. EVERY YEAR! If I don't get the flu shot, I get the flu about every 3rd year. So it's just not worth it with my medical track record.

My son got the flu nasal thingie and he got the flu TWICE this winter. Neither time was it the virus included in the vaccine. My daughter never gets the flu vaccine and she's never had the flu, even when everyone else in the house has it around her. So I refuse to put it in her body since she has such a high natural resistance.

My husband had never had the flu and then he got the flu vaccine twice when he was in the Army, a year apart. He ended up hospitalized with the flu both times, within a week of getting the vaccine. After spending over a week in the hospital the second year, he finally got his commanding officer to sign off on him NOT getting it and he's not had the flu in the 20+ since then.

I know it works for some people, but my family may just be weird, idk.

The good news is I am feeling much better! I don't know if it's the antibiotics or the echinacea and zinc or all of it together. And ginger tea. Best tea EVER.
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Glad you're feeling better, golden! For what it's worth, Mr B & I don't get the flu vaccine either. We seem to do much better without it.
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I'm coming in late here but I'm glad you're getting better.

BTW, hubby has gotten his flu shot every year, first while in the military, then now at work. He is the only one who ever seems to get sick. Son and I have had it a couple of times, but not in many years since hubby retired from AF. We have not gotten the flu in all this time.
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We spent a lot of time outside yesterday. We didn't go hiking, but we did do several shorter walks at different times and we also played out in the yard with our dog and our neighbors dogs for quite awhile. So today my allergies are beserk. This is ridiculous.

ETA: no more flu vaccines for any of us! Grrr.

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