I am new to this team and I am really hoping to learn from other members.
I have not had health insurance for years now. I use a free medical clinic on a "need to" basis. They provide me with some sample medications.
On Oct 15th I developed a cough that I thought was related to a cold I had symptoms of for three days. That cough became worse and worse and finally in the first few days of Nov. I went to the medical clinic. They said it was "Asthmatic Bronchitis".
I have had a dx of asthma for years (adult onset) but it is mild. I rarely ever need a rescue inhaler. Tobacco and getting overheated (like in the summer w/o a/c) have been the most common triggers. I have had asthma problems with cardio (exercise induced) but it was not every time and usually when the pollen count was high or I got overheated.
However, I have had asthmatic bronchitis before. I don't get it every year but winter months often produce this for me. The last time I had a serious case of it was 5 years ago.
But this happened when I have finally gotten committed to getting fit! I stopped working out when the cough was worse. In Nov. the doctor suggested I focus more on "rest".
Well, it is January and I still have this bronchitis! I have had three rounds of antibiotics in the meantime. In Dec I was given "Azmacort" 2 puffs 3 times a day and it has helped make the cough not so deep and loud or frequent.
Otherwise, I just use the nebulizer with Albuterol.
I HATE albuterol! It makes me feel "high" like codeine does and I tremble. I get a headache too. I am no good for anything for nearly an hour after using it.
I have gained back some of the weight I had lost by the time I came down with this and I am so frustrated.
I can't ask my doctor about exercise as each time I go to the med clinic it is a different doctor that I see (they are all volunteers). And you can't just call up and ask a question. I hate to use an appointment just to ask about exercise.
I wonder if strength training would make it harder to get over this or not.
I know I can't do cardio right now. I wouldn't even try. But I am hesitant to do any exercise right now and I have been thinking of doing crunches, push ups, lunges, squats, and using my hand weights for arm exercises.
Is there anything else you might suggest to help me get over this asthmatic bronchitis! I have been unemployed since just before I came down with this and can't get anyone to hire me.
I am sure that hacking and coughing like I am going to cough up a lung has a big impact on their decision who to hire!
I need to work. I am so afraid I will get evicted soon if I don't get a job.
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