Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Update

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 Short health update: Got to see a doctor at my health care centre today (not my regular GP but another one whom I know since before). I got to do expiratory tests before and after inhaling cortisone through a machine for a while (which did bring some relief), and a quick blood test. She then prescribed a 5-day-treatment with cortisone tablets (besides the basic asthma inhalations I already take regularly).

It has been my own feeling as well that it’s basically been a virus infection taking its natural course but with asthma complications going a bit beyond what I’ve experienced before. For a while I thought it would be enough to just take extra inhalations of the ordinary meds, but hopefully the cortisone tablets will be a better alternative to help calm things down.

I’m really, really longing for a night’s “undisturbed” sleep! Not expecting that to happen immediately, but I do think I’ll be less worried tonight, feeling a bit more reassured about what “is” and what “isn’t” going on!

Meanwhile, you may try guessing what the picture is!
(It’s not an x-ray of my airpipes!)

7 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you saw the doctor, and welcome to the cortisone club, you will be getting some good sleep, but it does keep you awake because it gives you so much energy. But when you DO sleep, it will be good!!! All I can think of is that this is part of the inhaler?

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    1. Ginny, I suspect the energy you feel from the cortisone is more like your natural energy popping back up, with the inflammation receding. :) I've only been put on a 5-day-cure, hopefully that will do it and then I'll just be back on my inhalors, which are usually enough.

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  2. I don't know anything about asthma and cortisone tablets but I hope they work for you and that you have that longer for sleep.

    I don't have a clue what that is but my guess is mango icecream?

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    1. Pauline, asthma is a chronic inflammation in the airways, often kept in control with cortisone inhalors, but getting worse from allergy and infections. My most noticable reaction is usually a violent cough. With a cold this sometimes gets confusing. Anyway the extra cortisone tablets are supposed to help reduce the inflammation caused by the infection, in this case. This is the first time I've been prescribed cortisone in tablet-form. It's been a while since I last had a really bad chest-cold like this one.

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  3. Here's hoping for the cortisone to work for you, and get a good night's sleep soon!

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    1. Thanks. I did sleep better tonight, I still woke up coughing now and then and had to take extra inhalations, but not as violent and long-lasting attacks as the previous days.

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  4. dont know what it is, and happy you got drugs to help you breathe. cortizone always helped me. do hope you got some rest last night and that the meds worked quickly

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