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A shocking diagnosis to be aware of

Thursday, March 08, 2012

First and foremost, I want to tell my spark friends that I do NOT have anything life-threatening, I am ok.
I'll make a long story short (I'll try to) before I get to the diagnosis so you can have a better understanding. For the past month, I have been sick on and off with a cold (or so I thought). The symptoms would be fatigue, a slight coughing (which occurred at its worst at night), and a little bit of a sore throat, but I would be well enough in the mornings to go on with the day. The symptoms were on and off, but not enough to be in bed, just annoying more than disabling. I went to work as usual, no problem. I took over-the-counter (OTC) medications and they did the trick for several days, then the annoying symptoms would return and I would try another OTC remedy, they would work, I felt better, on and on this went. Tuesday evening was different--during the evening I had the worst sore throat. I took honey, gargled with salt water, and it relieved most of the soreness along with taking Extra-Strength Tylenol to ease the pain. I also started coughing like mad but as suddenly as it started, it stopped. I managed to get a good nights sleep. Yesterday morning, though my throat was a bit scratchy and the cough was still there, I still went to work, thinking that "I'll feel better as the day goes by". Famous last words. As I arrived at the dialysis unit to do my pick-up of their labs around 3:00, all of a sudden, while I was still in the company van, I felt the extreme soreness in my throat return and I coughed for about a minute or 2. Okay, good, it passed, I said to myself. I went in, said my hello's to everyone, and all of a sudden, my airway constricted. That coughing came back with a vengeance and I could barely inhale! The unit nurse quickly put me onto a reclining chair, she hooked me up to oxygen and called 911. The medics came, saw that I was in distress, and immediately took me to the ER. I was given a nebulizer enroute to open my airway. Thankfully, it really did the trick, it kept the coughing at bay and I was able to draw in a breath a little better. Now here's why even the ER DR was baffled in the beginning. I had no fever, my vital signs were normal, the xrays that they took of my lungs showed NO congestion, I don't smoke, I didn't have an allergic reaction to food or meds, and during the whole month, never once did I have nasal congestion (come to think of it, there was no sneezing or runny nose). They then decided to xray my neck and they saw that the swelling was in the trachea and larynx (in lay terms, that's your windpipe and voice-box, in that order), for which I was given a steroid to reduce swelling.
The diagnosis? Pertussis, which you most likely would know it by the term Whooping or crouping cough. Yes, I know that it's mostly babies and little kids that get this, but in CAN happen with adults even if you did have your shots when you were a kid (I did). I will be out of work until Tuesday. I got Rx meds for the cough and an antibiotic. Right now, it's Thursday, late afternoon, close to 5:00 and there's still a slight cough, but for the first time since this started, I feel like it IS truly going away along with the sore throat. Never did I experience anything more frightening than not being able to breathe. Next time, if I'm not "feeling like myself" I will not play around, I will go directly to the Dr and I'm advising any of you to do the same, no matter how minor.

  
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BARCLE 3/11/2012 1:37PM

    yikes, that's scary and I, too, am soooo glad it's all working out okay, but what a close call!

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SAVINGHANNAH 3/9/2012 10:46PM

    Wow, hope you feel better soon.

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JAXMOMMY 3/9/2012 4:02PM

    After reading your blog, I'm thinking I may have had Whooping Cough all along. I got antibiotics early, but they didn't work and then I had the worse sore throat of my life! No one checked me for Whooping Cough and another round of antibiotics seemed to do it for me. If you don't mind, what antibiotics did they give you finally? I too got something for the cough in addition to the antibiotics. Thanks for sharing b/c I was sick for way too long with the exact same symptoms and no one could give me answers!

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MEGA_MILES 3/9/2012 8:55AM

    Just to pass along. There is a vaccine you can take to prevent pertussis. Because it rarely affects adults you would usually get it to protect the children around you.

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DDOORN 3/9/2012 8:24AM

    Whew! Now THAT was TOO CLOSE a call!

Glad to hear that you've gotten to the bottom of this and are on the mend.

Thx for the head's up!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 3/8/2012 9:12PM

    Wow, Chris, thanks for sharing! I am glad that you got your diagnosis and meds! emoticon emoticon

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MORE Great Oldies

Friday, February 24, 2012



I'd like to share more oldies that we work out to. And we're having a blast! Truth be told, for a while, I was starting to get bored with the same workout routine, but these tunes (a few of very many) MAKE it fun, fun, fun (no, my daddy didn't take my T Bird away, I didn't have one to begin with emoticon) Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDHErN3dOkc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNe5npkid-s



www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_yvSObrlBU

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy57Xdk9u0o

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EpP9DPZ0Xo

  
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DDOORN 2/26/2012 10:29AM

    We had a blast seeing the Beach Boys just this past summer at the Chautauqua Institute in western NY. They did ALL their oldies and even though only two of the original band members were there it was such fun!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 2/24/2012 10:36PM

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My Husband is nagging me! And that is GOOD!

Monday, February 20, 2012



I knew the title of today's blog would grab your attention! It all started this past weekend, Saturday and into this morning (Monday). I'm sitting here at my computer, then just before breakfast, he came marching over with my jacket and earmuffs and said "ok, get off your *donkey*, you are coming for a walk with me---now!". "Uh, ok honey", I replied, giving a giggle. We took a 30 minute walk. Then next thing I knew, he made breakfast; oatmeal, scrambled eggs with the non-stick spray, coffee, and 1% glass of milk. Yum! For lunch, we had a turkey wrap loaded with lots of lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, and a small slice of pepper-jack cheese (he split one slice between us). For supper, he made a huge Greek salad, a particular favorite of ours. Oh, and during the course of the days, we drank water and MORE water.
He appointed himself as my personal coach/trainer. Truth be told, I started to slack off for a bit, he noticed and got concerned, and now, with the help of him and spark friends, I got back into the swing of it! I am posting some tunes that we exercise to when we're in the house (and this will really give our ages away LOL!!).
Have fun with these 1950s/early '60s instrumentals! Here they are:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHrihRDLX8





www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4QpFNRcysw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzpbBckpTxw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnbSEm8Pnxk&
feature=related


www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8Y1Wm0Ico

  
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EASTENDCLAM 3/3/2012 4:19PM

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OAKLEYAJ 2/24/2012 6:51AM

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SHIROIHANA 2/21/2012 9:54AM

    He is definitely a keeper. At first I thought he was doing all this for a missed anniversary and birthday. But to read that he got concerned and is now your personal trainer makes this all even better. Random acts of love like this truly make you appreciate him even more. Great man for a great woman. Let's admit it, classic rock is so much better than the music that's made today. Can't stand voice synthesizers.

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LESSOFMOORE 2/20/2012 8:32PM

    Chris, what a great hubby you have!

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DDOORN 2/20/2012 12:35PM

    Kudos, high fives and two thumbs WAY up for DH!! Now THAT'S what I call true love! :-)

Thx for the shares from "the Vaults"...lol!

Here's a GREAT new one by Springsteen:

"America Are You ALIVE Out There?!?" (LOVE IT!)

http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=lH6LRTbI7qg&feature=colike (live @ Grammys)

http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=fkEU3JjNARs&feature
=colike

Not bad for 62 years old! :-)

Don

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Happy Valentines Day Spark Friends!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012



Have a happy valentines day! And here's a tune that will be fitting for today and will get you going! Enjoy!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhXfcm_v40

  
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DDOORN 2/17/2012 9:46AM

    Great choice!

Hope you had a super Valentine's Day!

Don

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SHIROIHANA 2/15/2012 12:09PM

    Ooh, that is a great workout song... the cupid shuffle. Makes you want to shake your booty. Hope you had a nice V-Day!

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LESSOFMOORE 2/14/2012 9:36PM

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! emoticon

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DREAMNSCHEME 2/14/2012 10:11AM

    Happy Valentines Day!

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Working out to my most favorite group

Saturday, February 04, 2012



I am doing my at-home exercising to The Beatles! Who'd have thought that years ago (too many LOL!!) that most of their music would be great to work out to! Wow, the 1/2 hour just flew by. I was using my stretch bands, kettlebell, and just plain dancing around. And it didn't feel like a hard days night (couldn't resist!)

  
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OAKLEYAJ 2/7/2012 5:19AM

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BEATLETOT 2/6/2012 9:02AM

    I used to be OBSESSED with the Beatles. This was high school. I had a shrine to them in my bedroom, listened only to their CDs, and couldn't hold a conversation without mentioning them. I'm sure I was a total pill!

I still have all their music on my iPod, and love when it comes on during a workout! Enjoy!

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DDOORN 2/6/2012 8:55AM

    Oh yeah, got a healthy dose of Beatles in my mix! Drive My Car, And Your Bird Can Sing, Taxman, Getting Better...could go on & on!

Don

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SHIROIHANA 2/5/2012 2:43PM

    I came here because I saw your comment on Don's blog. I also love 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Get Back'. Am still a huge George Harrison fan. I never would've left him for Clapton. However, one can't blame Boyd if George did tell Eric "Fine, you get her, I get your girlfriend." WTG on making a workout much more fun!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 2/5/2012 1:25AM

    Good for you !
I'm glad you had such a emoticon workout !

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LESSOFMOORE 2/4/2012 7:00PM

    Listening to the music from my youth brings back happy memories and makes me feel young!

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