Just had to post. Came home from long weekend away with start of sniffly nose and sneezes loud enough to wake the dead. As didn't feel aches or like could really do with taking to my bed, assumed it would all go away in day or so. You guessed, it didn't. Instead of sneezing, I coughed like it was an Olympic sport. Bronchitis end of June this year, didn't fancy a repeat run, so phoned GP for appt.
Ready to accept that GP would tell me nothing they could do as just a cold. I have after all, had this said so many times over the years. but joy of joys, this new surgery I'm with never fails to amaze. As I explained I had this cold and now a cough and how could I prevent it turning into the dreaded bronchitis, the Doc said he wished everyone would ask that. As he went to sound my chest, I pointed out I don't wheeze. Well you do now, he said, definite rattle on right side so antibiotics for you.
You know, I nearly jumped up and hugged him. Not only did he let me tell the symptoms but read out my last three months medical notes. Somewhat surprised by previous practice's notes or lack thereof ie amoxicillin doesn't agree with me. Told him about the GP that suggested I leave off taking inhalers in cold wintry weather if I hadn't the puff to take them. Lol. Not.
Appt made for me with asthma clinic next week. Symbicort upped to two puffs, four times a day again. Red erythromycin hard to swallow tablets, weeks worth.
Finding the good guys, I truly wish I could wave a magic wand and everyone had benefit of listening doctors instead of the ones who look pointedly at their watches and sigh or tell you it's just a cold, get over it. If you are ever in my neighbourhood I'll gladly point you in their direction.