After doing a little self-diagnosing with WebMD I’m thinking maybe I’ve got… bronchitis?
And not, like, Big Bad Scary Bronchitis. Just plain old Regular Type Bronchitis, which is not nearly as milkable for sympathy since its main symptoms are coughing up stuff, being sleepy, and having an annoying voice.
WebMD says “most cases of acute bronchitis in otherwise healthy people go away in 2 to 3 weeks.”
I’m “otherwise healthy” and I’ve already had it for about a week. Thank you, Internet, for giving me a time frame for Bronchitis Countdown 2011.
It also says “you typically only need nonprescription medicines to treat your symptoms.”
Enter: Eclectic Kitchen Cabinet Pharmacy. Vitamin B, vitamin C, echinacea, lotsa water, ibuprofen, hot tea with honey, a delicious-stage-of-ripeness banana, three apples, key lime yogurt… I will OWN you, bronchitis!
I would appreciate any home remedy recommendations you may have to offer in addition to my using the things listed above. Any Mom Tricks, special teas, spells besides “Anapneo” (which totally didn’t work)… That’s actually the reason for this post: Get-Better-Quick advice. And yes I know I could Google how to treat it, but that doesn’t tend to yield as many worthwhile personal recommendations, and it doesn’t allow for follow-up questions.
And I really do need some good tips on how to kick this thing. I’ve gotten it for about a month every late-Spring/early-Summer since ’07 and every time there’s about a week long span of sleepless nights in which my chest feels like it’s being used for a caber toss field. (Still not sympathy-milkable right now as this year’s bout has not reached telephone-pole-tossing proportions.)
Advice? Tips? Suggestions? Leave ’em in the Comments below!