Morning! My husband has been ill again. We both contracted flu in January and to be honest until two weeks ago neither of us have felt properly well. But suddenly he was really well and then Just over two weeks ago he started to feel just not right and with experience I have found this can go one of two ways - within a few days he is fine or he just gets worse! We decided to start the antibiotics a week last Sunday with the steroids but by Wednesday the cough really started in earnest it was just awful. He slowly seemed to recover over the following weekend and (stupidly with hindsight) decided to go to a formal 50th birthday party - it was such a struggle for him but we did it and I thought perhaps it would actually be beneficial psychologically. (He gets very depressed when on antibiotics and steroids). Whilst at the party he seemed to be on oxygen all the time - he is prescribed it for ambulatory. My first question is can you overdo oxygen even at 2 lpm? Does it have any adverse affects?
He is convinced that he overdosed on the oxygen so has gone the other way and hasnt used it all since Sunday night! Having said that he is certainly not as ill as I have seen him - he can get to the toilet etc without truly gasping for air and the ventolin. Of course the last ab was on Saturday. By Monday he seemed tired but OK - but whatever he has has returned with vengeance. Fortunately we have an arrangement with the doctor that she will prescribe a second course of abs (we have to give a sputum test) so immediately started another course. By the end of Monday he was coughing thick green plegm again. Monday night was just awful - literally every time he laid down. Slowly and I mean so very slowly he is improving, certainly he slept well on Tuesday not so well last night though he was coughing it wasnt as violent and the phlegm is now yellow! - though yesterday he did get a shower and get dressed, today he felt he couldnt cope with the shower but is up and dressed - though still captive in the bedroom. He tells me that he thinks his symptoms are subsiding but very slowly. Just to add to the pressure we are supposed to be picking our son up from uni on Saturday and holding a family party on Sunday afternoon for his 21st. Ah well. So thats my moan! Rang the respiratory team to ask their advise but they dont have a co-ordinator there today.............. not sure what that meant other than I have to try to ring back tomorrow!
Sputum test is in but the phlegm has changed colour so not really expecting much from that. His sinuses are much better - they were a big problem last week! Have instigated the use of Metatone to build him up!
Sorry for the moan - its been a long two weeks and I am worried that I will have to postpone my sons birthday celebrations. I suppose there are worse things! Hope everyone else is keeping as well as possible. Lots of love TAD xx