That post title must seems pretty negative. I guess I'm getting too frustrated with this cough thing. I have a form of asthma that is characterized by coughing rather than wheezing--although there is some wheezing in there as well. For some reason or other it is far more of a problem lately than usual. The doctor thinks it is because of all the rain we've had and the super high mold levels--I'm allergic to pretty much all the molds, as well as dust mites and a few tree pollens--so yah, year round allergy. I've been coughing basically since early November with a couple brief interludes of 'not so much cough'.
This weekend I made my plans and this darn cough literally ruined them. I went out to the house yesterday and walked in the doorway to help Hubby make some decisions on the master bathroom mainly--and I began to cough. I coughed my way through the house and back out again. We walked outside to discuss plans for landscaping and gardening, and I continued to cough. I coughed my way home and instead of doing my shopping at stores near the new house I coughed my way through a Bi-Lo that is nearer to the house we are in now--it isn't so close as to be my on my regular shopping route, but I figured since I'd pulled the coupons for the Bi-Lo sales I might as well at least try to shop in one. I coughed my way up and down the aisles as I tried to find my items and match up my coupons.
I hate to take too many OTC sinus or cough remedies because they seem to dry me out overmuch and then I end up with some entrenched sinus or chest infection and heading to the doc for antibiotics. However, in the middle of the night last night I finally took some Nyquil in hopes it would just knock me out. Well you know--Nyquil is 'healthier' than it used to be --so it doesn't knock you out like it used to. Actually they have taken out many of the ingredients that really worked in OTC sinus/cold/allergy meds in recent years. One ingredient that many of us miss is ephedrine--which I'm thinking probably helped alot more folks than it hurt--but unfortunately some people figured out how to abuse it. I think also NYQUIL used to have alcohol in it--which one of my reader's has mentioned can help a cough--but I haven't tried that I admit. I generally will drink some wine or a beer-but I've never been one to 'chug a shot'. Perhaps I ought to.
Well inspite of the new watered down Nyquil formula not being as effective, eventually my coughing calmed down a bit and I think I did get a couple-few hours of some kind of sleep. Which is about all I get anymore. If this is all from rain and mold--I want my drought back!
Anyhow I was at the Dr, I think it was just Thursday and she, changed my allergy meds--but that has not made a dent at all--I think I'm noticeably worse! She said it would be 2 weeks til it was at maximum effectiveness--but I guess at the time I didn't realize that meant I'd probably continue to cough another two weeks or more--until she would give me some steroids. I'm not willing to stay the course I guess.
I want to get my tickets now and go see my little Ruby and cuddle her and kiss her soft cheeks--not cough on her! This must come to an end!!
This cough is eating my life.
That's how it feels. I look at some of the 'mess' around my house and without enough to breath in me or energy to swoop down upon it all and make it good--I feel just totally out of sorts. I have never been a high energy person--but I have always liked to be busy. Right now I'm just so tired. I leaned against a wall last night while frying hamburgers--which was my 'best' stab at a decent dinner for the guys when they got home from working on the house yesterday, even then Hubby made the fries and toasted the bread. I feel useless.
So that's the biggest rant you'll hopefully ever read at Pokeberry. I am calling the doc back this morning and pressing for more help. Hubby says I need to be 'sicker' when I call her, tell her my symptoms in more detail and stress the difficulty, he says I don't do that and they don't realize how much of a problem this is.
That could be, there are usually times in the day when my coughing is calmer--and generally, my lungs are not full of anything--so they don't 'hear' the trouble that much. My airways aren't functioning right but I'm not sure the doctors can really sense that as well as I can, and as well as Hubby who is with me all night.
Anyhow I need a break from this and some sleep and my to-do needs to be dealt with better. Lately I write down my plans and then the day goes by and I don't get half done that I want to, just becuase I am too tired or I am distracted with coughing. Ugh!