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Unread 11-11-2007, 11:55 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

MUCINEX is an over the counter med that helps get the junk out of your lungs. I don't know what category it fits into. Kind of an expectorant I guess. Do keep an eye on that temp. No pneumonia sisters around here! Sending you love and hugs, Michelle
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Unread 11-11-2007, 02:09 PM
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Did you bring home the breathing instument they give you in the hospital?
I did my breathing excersises(sp?) alot. Everytime I felt I had to cough I would use it and it has helped alot. Hope you feel better.
Unread 11-11-2007, 02:55 PM
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Not meaning to be all motherly/doctory here or anything, but using the Albuterol inhaler without it being your prescribed medication/your doctor giving you the okay might not be the safest thing to do. It can raise your blood pressure and make you all shakey/jittery, plus a bunch of other things, like if you have a thyroid condition, etc., and then if you're taking other medications with should at least let your doctor know or ask if it is okay to do.

But as the other lady suggested here, using your incentive spirometer (breathing doodle thingy) might be a good idea. I had a couple lung operations for my lung which would collaspe each time I'd get my period (hey, no more periods now...wish me luck)...and the first operation I didn't use that spirometer as I should have and coughing really hurt vs the second operation and then I used it as I was directed and it really did seem to help a lot. Of course, using it the first few days after surgery probably would have the most benefit...but perhaps it will still help you out.

Hope you get better soon.
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Unread 11-11-2007, 03:26 PM
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Not a problem, NP. I did tell the doctor that I used the albuterol inhaler and asked if there would be any possible interactions with that and possibly taking a percocet later today. I don't have issues with high blood pressure, no thyroid conditions.

I've heard alot about the Mucinex but my son brought me something else. It''s working! I have some eucalyptus tablets I'm going to steam before I go to bed tonight.

I haven't been using that breathing thing since I left the hospital but am doing alot of deep breathing, in and out. It helps when I feel like I need to cough if I just breathe slow and deep. Been doing that all day.

No temperature. Pretty sure I'm okay, just caught a virus or bug of some sort. Great timing, eh?
Unread 11-11-2007, 03:50 PM
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joellen,great to hear that you are feeling better!steam will be your best friend if you have a lot of crap in your lungs,have you tried just sitting in a steamy bathroom?I have a touch of something and have found that hot tea and sitting in my bathroom after letting the hot water run and steam everything up i feel a lot better.I was never given anything to breath into at the hospital so I don't have that option but I do have an albutrol inhaler also and it has helped a bunch.hope you feel even better as the days go by.
Unread 11-11-2007, 03:53 PM
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Well - that's good that you asked your doctor first - I have friends who ask me (and I think seriously) if I could send them some of my drugs I never take (uh, no - I'm not going to send you my drugs - even if they are the "good" drugs).

And I know what you mean about great timing - my 12-year-old daughter caught mono when I was in the hospital and had it really bad for about 3 weeks when I came out. Ugh!
Unread 11-11-2007, 04:08 PM
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Yes, I get that the leftover percocet for me. Very irritating but I just brush it off. I bet that's one of the reasons doctors are so strict about dispensing it, not wanting to give us too much. The more we have that we don't use, the more it finds its way into the wrong hands.

Littlebratt, I'm going to sit in my hot steamy bathroom tonight just before bed, with the eucalyptus. Great idea!
Unread 11-11-2007, 07:28 PM
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(((JoEllen))) - Take care of yourself, hope you're feeling better very soon!!!

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