Claudine hi - thank you very much for your Post, you've actually got me to sit down and type a reply to you, which in effect is also something I've been meaning to share with other Bronch sufferers on here for some time but life has been very busy for me lately.
I was admitted into hospital for 14 days for IV treatment (Tazocin & Ceftazidine - 3 times a day). I also had 2 nebulisers ( Pulmicort - twice a day & Salbutamol - 4 times a day); Omeprazole (2 times a day) and Prednisolone (once a day). I was also on my regular prescribed drugs: Carbocisteine (2 x twice a day & Mometasone - nasal inhaler - once a day). During this time I wasn't taking my Fostair, as usual.
I was discharged on 28th June and began a new drug regime of Promixin (twice a day) inhaled via the iNeb and I am feeling a whole heap better
The main thing I've noticed since returning home is that when I do my 'huffing' exercises now (only 3-4 times a week), there is no sputum to cough up! Long may that last - however, I'm keeping an open mind on this, as so many people on here have said 'nothing lasts forever' and I expect it may come back.
The reason for my somewhat dramatic in-patient treatment was due to having had recurring exacerbations and haemoptysis since the New Year - obviously, this couldn't continue. My consultant's theory was to clear out (as much as possible) and clean up my lungs over a 14-day in-patient stay. This would enable the new drug (Promixin) a have a huge boost effect on my condition and begin working advantageously.
The other thing I had whilst in hospital was daily pulmonary exercise in the gym. The importance of exercise for Bronch sufferers had never been explained to me although, I knew it was very important but I was nervous to overdo it or do the wrong thing. I also have asthma and M.E.
In a nutshell, it was brilliant. The physiotherapist took me down to the gym every morning for 1/2 an hour and explained about my heart rate and my oxygen levels in my blood but most importantly for me, how far to 'push myself' - this was the scary part. However, I managed 20 mins on the treadmill (with an incline) at a good power walking pace!
I've now joined our local gym and I'm really enjoying the challenge and the social side of it all - I've been really reclusive since my diagnosis 4 1/2 years ago, which isn't like me at all.
I hope you feel well again very soon Claudine; I have to say the Tazocin worked for me. Take care and I hope you're enjoying some sunshine where you live