Thanks again, everyone, for the support. It really has meant a lot. I actually was able to sleep last night and feel like the very last of the crud is coming out of my lungs and the coughing is now sporadic and productive. Hey, on the bright side, I lost 5 pounds, because I could only eat small amounts with such violent coughing. NOT a diet I would recommend, though.
My guess is that some of it is water from glycogen stores because I haven't been working out. Speaking of which, I am going to try a short, easy session at the gym today to see how it goes. I think the hardest part will be trying to contain myself. I'm one of those crazy people who love the gym and love the feeling when I kill it. But I need to ease back in over the next week or two to avoid a setback.
Thanks again for the positive thoughts and nice comments.
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707 3/17/13 11:43 P
Hope the springtime sunshine makes you feel better!
3/17/13 8:59 A
So glad you are feeling better. I had asthma when I smoked and a cold would turn it asthmatic bronchitis. It is no fun!! I quit smoking and the asthma went away.
I hope you are getting all your house work done, so when you are ready to head to the gym you can without worrying about your house work!!
Have a great Sunday!!
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3/17/13 7:31 A
Sounds like you are a true champion. Sometimes we get down, we have to get right back up. It's important to let your body rest. My daughter has asthma induced by exercise. Makes playing soccer and other sports difficult. She's a trooper for pushing forward and doing what she loves despite minor setbacks. She is my champion. Right now you are going through a set back and you will see better days. You are a champion in your own right. Good luck to you and get better soon!
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6,094 3/16/13 10:02 P
SIMPLELIFE, I'm sorry to hear about your struggle with asthmatic bronchitis. What a miserable, debilitating condition! Asthma itself is bad enough, but adding bronchitis can really weaken a person, as you undoubtedly know too well... I don't blame you for not taking well to steroids; they made me feel jittery, too, when I took them for severe asthma some years ago.
Little wonder you're feeling so fatigued right now, given the punch of that terrible double whammy. It's good to hear you seem to be taking a turn for the better, though, and you'll be in that gym again before you can say "Jack LaLanne" (a bit of a dated reference there ).
That you're in the habit of taking excellent care of your body, though, bodes well for the course of this illness; you'll be mindful of your self-care as you ease out of the end of the bout. Upper respiratory viruses are brutal for anyone with asthma or a propensity toward bronchitis :(...
Feel better soon.
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3/16/13 5:34 P
So sorry the nasty virus has befallen the warrior! Well, you are still a warrior and will conquer this thing. Probably the hardest part is the "hurry up & wait" aspect. But time will pass. During that time, rest up. I know you eat healthy. And you can always get your Spark on here. You bless so many w/ sensible advice that benefit so many, and can still offer that even now. Maybe now is a good time to catch up on some reading, TV or movie viewing, maybe even a little spring cleaning (that last mention was probably more for myself since I need to clean the fridge). Anything to pass the time. Soon, you will be back and at 'em at the gym. Hope you feel better soon!
3/16/13 3:33 P
Thanks everyone. Feeling a bit better today and even moving about a bit to get some neglected housework done. Can't wait to get back into the gym, although I think I'm linking a mini hand sanitizer to my water bottle. lol
3/15/13 9:34 P
I have asthma too, and I officially got over an ear infection today. I understand your troubles completely!
In my opinion, avoiding the steroids is a good plan. They always make breathing easier, but the side effects are pretty awful!
At any rate, vent away! You have every reason to!
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46,222 3/15/13 6:03 P
You are always such a great motivator and offer such wonderful inspiration to others, you are allowed to have your own pity party from time to time. I do hope you feel better soon. Take care and here';s to a SPEEDY SparkRecovery!
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3/15/13 3:33 P
Even the healthiest person can catch the flu or a cold. If a germ has your name on it, you're stuck. It happens. I know, I've had bronchitis that left me with serious coughing fits. The best thing you can do for your body is get plenty of rest. Have you ever tried Ricola cough drops ? If not, they're great for helping to quiet a nasty cough. I also tend to push the tea. Whenever I'm sick, I drink pots of tea with honey. Try some honey. Honey is very soothing and can also help manage a bad cough. A singer recommended that to me and it does work.
And speaking of being laid out. Try having food poisoning. When I get sick with the flu or even bronchitis, I can usually drag myself out of the house to go buy tea or cough drops. Food poisoning was the one thing that really did lay me out flat. the fatigue and nausea were brutal. Was in bed for three days.
Well, my body eventually recovered and yours will recover too.
I know some folks with asthma and one has adult-onset asthma. Not easy.
Viruses are nasty critters. Nothing to do but let it run its course.
3/15/13 3:17 P
I'm not one to whine and complain, but I'm having a big old pity party today. I have asthma, which is fairly well managed and doesn't stop me. Except when I get an upper respiratory virus. This is the second time this year that I've ended up with asthmatic bronchitis. It's a virus so all I can do is treat the symptoms best I can and wait it out. And it takes a good two weeks usually to clear it up and a month to feel good. Steroids can help but I about literally lost my mind last time I took them and won't go that route again and even the doctor agrees on that.
So I've got the meds, the inhaler, the vaporizer, plenty of liquids, etc. I haven't been to the gym in 11 days. I am so fatigued and any effort brings on coughing fits so even walking is out of the question. I've had pneumonia a few times so I know when it turns. I'm on the tail end finally and that spasms are much more infrequent though I still haven't slept all night. I'm finally getting the sputum out and it's clear, not bloody, so it's all good. I'm thinking a few more days before I can slowly return to the gym.
It's just so darn frustrating. I take such good care of myself and my health and then to have something like this beyond my control just lay me out. In the gym, I feel like such a strong warrior. This past two weeks, I just feel so weak and weary. I know it will pass. It has before and unfortunately will again since the doctor says the scar tissue and overstretching of my lung tissue will continue to accumulate.
I definitely don't take my ability to breathe lightly. I know there are others here with even worse health challenges, but I guess worse is whatever is happening to you. On the bright side, I have absolutely no appetite so I'm not gaining, just forcing myself to eat.
Feels better just getting that out there. Thanks for listening.