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Health Update

October 9, 2007

So I went to the doctor again today to inquire why, two and a half weeks after finishing all the medication prescribed for my pneumonia, I’m still coughing non-stop and waking up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. Yes, the fever is gone, but this is ridiculous. They said: here, try these allergy medications, come back in a month for another x-ray, and maybe we’ll refer you to a specialist if things aren’t better by then.

I don’t know what to think. I know I’m angry and frustrated and miserable. I haven’t felt healthy in three months. Three doctor visits, five medications, and one chest x-ray later, all I have is some claritin and an invitation to come back in four weeks.

I’m convinced they don’t have a clue what the issue is.

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  1. Pneumonia takes a loooooong time to heal. You are still recovering, I’m sure. I would, however, ask for another x-ray if you’re still having trouble breathing.


  2. I agree with Cecilia: when I had pneumonia, I was surprised at the duration of the recovery: long, long time.

    If it should be allergy, BTW, I’ve had remarkable success by taking Singulair. Your mileage may vary, of course, but for allergies I would give that a try if your doctor agrees.


  3. When I had pneumonia, it took more than a month to clear the fluids out my lungs. TKD workouts helped, but I needed to really cut back on the intensity. At one point, I developed laryngitis from all the coughing. The point is that it takes a while to clear up the effects of a severe lung infection. I’m sure allergies add to the recovery time. Stay out of smoky environments, get plenty of rest and maintain your immune system through diet, sleep and relaxation. The upside is that you have now developed enough antibodies that a pneumonia immunization won’t be needed for 5 years or more (according to my internist).


  4. Well there’s a silver lining! I hope I can return to the dojang soon. This has killed my fitness level.


  5. I would try running first…that will help shake up all your congestion and you’ll cough it out faster. Last time I had bronchitis I had bruised ribs and hurt my vocal chords from just coughing. Isn’t illness lovely?

    Take care of yourself, my friend.


  6. The running isn’t a bad idea as long as you don’t exert yourself too much. Overexertion depletes the immune system. Why running might be good is that I had bronchitis once and felt crappy until I got fed up and went running, which caused me to spit up gobs of goo, but cleared me out enough to recover.

    Also, I know some people swear by colostrum – the antibody and nutrient rich milk given off by a mother right before or immediately after birth. (They sell cow’s colostrum in supplements.)


  7. 6 weeks out of the hospital with my bout of it, my x-ray still showed residual goo…. I have to go back in another 6 weeks. I didn’t start sleeping well until about a week ago. Patience is the key.



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