Monday, December 15, 2008

The pneumonia blues

Those of you who know me, know that my family has had a bad month, healthwise. Ear infections for the kids (twice in a month for the youngest) and my husband and I won the grand prize of respiratory illnesses; pneumonia. Don't ask how we both got it at the same time, I'm still shaking my head over that one.

Anyway, I am here to ask if anyone has any great home remedies (nothing too gross please) for a cough and wheezing. It is driving me flipping nuts! DH is barely coughing and I feel like I am hacking up a lung! I have delved into my nurse bag and have tried all of the old tricks I can think of; steamy showers, humidity, honey, throat lozenges/cough drops, hot tea, eliminating milk products. This is in addition to my antibiotic, tessalon pearls (for cough), mucinex and inhaler (for cough and wheezing).

It is bad. Mothers hide their children behind their back in the grocery store when I walk down the aisle, the bank teller gets out the big jug of antibacterial hand gel when she sees me, when we go to the zoo people start looking for the seal when they hear me from around the corner. Okay, so it's not quite that bad, but honestly, I am beginning to feel like Typhoid Mary, no one wants to be near me!

I have almost given up hope and am about to make another appointment to see the doctor, but honestly, I am kind of sick of seeing her and would prefer not to go back. It's not that I don't like her, but I have been to that office way too much recently.

So, if you have a suggestion, don't be shy, let me know. Don't let it be said that you can't teach an old nurse new tricks! Send me your ideas and suggestions, please! At this point I am willing to try almost anything! Note I said almost, no eye of newt, tongue of bat sorts of remedies please!

Update 12/22/08
Well, it turns out that the pneumonia was not fully treated by the first antibiotic I was on. I finally gave up and went to see the doctor again, they repeated the chest X-ray and lo and behold, the pneumonia was still there, even though I had completed my antibiotic! It was better, but not gone. Started a new antibiotic on Friday and I am a new woman. I am still coughing, but I feel much better! Thank you all for your suggestions and well wishes.


Jeepgirl said...

I hear putting a ton of Vick's Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet works for a cough. Never tried it, but there are people that swear by it! :) I really hope you guys are feeling better soon...we miss you!

Geri said...

I've got some remedies for colds. Here's the link and hope you guys start feeling better. It would be the pits to be sick for Christmas.