Anyone got any better ideas? (in Off-topic)


TheHatchetman December 10 2007 8:19 PM EST

I've recently come down with some sort of superbug...Causing constant coughing and sneezing, runny nose, and insane amounts of chest congestion (which seems to be in perfect harmony with my asthma, making it extremely difficult to breath...)

I've got about a half a bottle of day quil, half a bottle of robotussin, a third of a bottle of Vicks 44 Expectorant, 2 Claritons, and 4 Benedryls in me. Furthermore, I've usedabout a week's supply of my inhaler, and had an albuterol breathing treatment... and all all of that accomplished was making me dizzy...

I go to see a Doctor Wednsday, and I know my limits and plan to go to the hospital in between if need be, though i would much rather avoid the latter option due to my loathing of hospitals... I cant take any more cough syrup than i already have for at least a couple of hours, as I will become way too disoriented, dizzy, and light-headed if i do, and I'm out of ways to treat my asthma (empty inhaler, out of liquid for the nebulizer (sp?))...

So basically, I was wondering if there are any medicines or other remedies that would work better, and possibly ease the "fat guy sitting on my chest" feeling until i see a Doc...

Adminedyit December 10 2007 8:29 PM EST

a lot of what you've taken sound like cough suppressants except for the Vicks 44 Expectorant. When i get bad chest colds like that I'll stand in the shower as hot as you can stand it and let the water beat on my back while i breath deeply the heat and humidity usually help to clear things out.

chuck1234 December 10 2007 9:02 PM EST

maybe you've got some bacterial infection, that'll need antibiotics by prescription, login to your local GP or ER.

TheHatchetman December 10 2007 9:16 PM EST

edy, tried the shower thing, but it didnt work, so I turned my bathroom into a sauna (turned the hot water heater above 200 degrees and sat on the toilet with the shower running while the bathroom fogged out until i ran out of hot water and steam) and im now as red as a lobster, but that's about the only thing changed... Thanks anyway for your help :)

Forgot to add to my original post that I stopped by CVS on my way home earlier and asked a pharmacist what medicine he would recommend, and he said i may need an antibiotic, because we have some kooky stuff going around my area... =/

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 10 2007 9:43 PM EST

if they still sell humibid otc it is a straight expectorant. i have also had luck breathing steam, from my vegetable steamer while doing deep breathing exercises.

i am just getting over a bad cold as well. it sucked!

TheHatchetman December 11 2007 1:05 AM EST

Yay! I feel much better now. All it took was 2 more albuterol breathing treatments, with 3 chest X-rays (only needed two, but one was messed up) and a steroid shot to the booty in between. Got a script for the asthma meds and antibiotics i need, so now i dont need to go to the Doc's on Wednesday :)

For the record, i would not have gone to the hospital had i not had an asthma attack on top of everything...

Levon [Clocked Out] December 14 2007 6:18 PM EST

diet and exercise every day, and take your vitamins

then you'll never get sick in the first place :)

Armageddon December 14 2007 7:10 PM EST

DANG!!!
(3)X-Ray<$3,000

What was the bacteria that you have???

Could you send me some of your chest congestion for my Biology Project :D

TheHatchetman December 14 2007 7:24 PM EST

"diet and exercise every day, and take your vitamins

then you'll never get sick in the first place :)"

I've never had to before :P I'm on a see-food diet... I live an active lifestyle when not holed up in the house due to sickness, and only worry about vitamin W :) I almost NEVER get sick, outside of the occasional instance where i eat something that doesn't agree with me (much as i eat, its to be expected), but that's usually only a problem for a couple hours or so... Semi-recently ('bout a year and a half or so ago), a friend of mine, and his whole family had the flu. So I was at their house just about every day helping them get done what they needed to. Cooking, taking care of the pets, etc. Never got so much as a sniffle. That's why being sick came as such a shock to me...

Sorry Armageddon... Not sure what the bacteria was, but everything's pretty much cleared up now... Though, I did have some congestion upon waking up these past few mornings... If its there tomorow, i'll bottle it for ya :) Cost-wise, the hospital's cutting me a break, since on paper, I'm unemployed (I'm an unlicensed GC, so its off the books), living in a household of 3, being supported by my mother who does deliveries for Pizza Hut... I think our income - expenses (on the books) = something like -$1,600 /month...
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