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Old 03.01.2011, 18:42
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

I have an aunt and uncle that swear by the nettipot. And they don't seem to get sick at all anymore. As the only real illness I have had in the last few years are colds/sinus infections, I am considering it. But I am not too keen on the process...

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All my friends who get constant sinus infections (as do I) swear by the nettipot. I refuse to resort to it- find it disgusting, although I know it makes sense.
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Please tell me that the seasonal flu vaccine is easy to come by in Switzerland. Not exactly something you can stock up on before leaving home.
I've not had any trouble getting the flu vaccine, and I'll be getting both a flu and a pneumonia vaccine this year I imagine. When you get here, discuss it with your doctor - I've found they don't offer it as much, but if you ask, I'm pretty sure you can get it.
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Old 03.01.2011, 22:16
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

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I've not had any trouble getting the flu vaccine, and I'll be getting both a flu and a pneumonia vaccine this year I imagine. When you get here, discuss it with your doctor - I've found they don't offer it as much, but if you ask, I'm pretty sure you can get it.
Yes, with asthma, I am getting every single infection passing by. I am gold member of bronchitis which I never miss to get every year sometimes, more than 2-3...

Here I was surprise to see that they don't offer me the vaccine, since other places would advise me right away... Maybe they don't see the effectiveness here? I asked my pneumologist and he told me if I wanted, I can have it but he didn't come with the offer first. I was going to have it done but with the pregnancy, I prefer to not jinx it.
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Old 03.01.2011, 22:26
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

I was lucky because my OH was quite sick before the holidays but i was ok. Im unlucky now because i think im getting sick. His turn to play nurse!
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Old 04.01.2011, 16:31
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Well, this time the doctor took a look at my ears and decided they needed cleaning out, and assured me the other problems would sort themselves out within a few days.

I'm not convinced they cleaned them properly, a huge blackish lump of crap was forced out of my left ear, revolting, but hardly anything came out my right ear, which is the one giving me problems. I was hearing fine after the syringing last night, but this morning I'm hearing funny again. I'll be upset if I find out it's because they didn't do a proper job first time round.

Got to give it a couple of days and see if it sorts itself out according to doc.
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Old 04.01.2011, 16:48
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Doc says Mycoplasma is doing the rounds, now on AB's with another week off.

AKA walking pneumonia.

http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseas...fact_sheet.htm

Would explain my lack of faith in my recent H1N1 jab
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Well, this time the doctor took a look at my ears and decided they needed cleaning out, and assured me the other problems would sort themselves out within a few days.

I'm not convinced they cleaned them properly, a huge blackish lump of crap was forced out of my left ear, revolting, but hardly anything came out my right ear, which is the one giving me problems. I was hearing fine after the syringing last night, but this morning I'm hearing funny again. I'll be upset if I find out it's because they didn't do a proper job first time round.

Got to give it a couple of days and see if it sorts itself out according to doc.
Didn't the doctor check after the syringing by looking in the ear with an Auroscope/ otoscope?

The doctor should be able to see the drum, it might look healthy, or if there is fluid then they might see a fluid line, the drum may be sucked in or bulging out with a cold or infections. The problem is that many doctors don't actually use an auroscope properly or sometimes due to the anatomy of the ear canal it is quite difficult to see the drum. If it doesn't settle down after a couple of days, or after any cold has subsided, and no wax blockage is apparent, then I would see an ENT doctor.

When you get a cold the Eustachian tube often gets blocked. The middle ear should be filled with air- the pressure is equalized by the Eustachian tube. When the middle ear is blocked the cells use up the available air, this creates negative pressure and the drum gets drawn in. Then the negative pressure sucks fluid out of the cells, so you get fluid in the ear. If the Eustachian tube doesn't open to release the fluid and introduce air then the trapped fluid may become infected, which is normally quite painful, the drum if flexible tends to bulge out and an opening in the drum may form.

Don't try to force the tube open by holding you nose and blowing hard, try to yawn instead.

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Old 04.01.2011, 17:00
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Didn't the doctor check after the syringing by looking in the ear with an Auroscope/ otoscope?
He did, the nurse checked it first, then the doc double checked.

Gonna leave it a couple of days as advised, it's not exactly crippling, and the headache has gone today, so it's not all bad.
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Old 04.01.2011, 17:38
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Doc says Mycoplasma is doing the rounds, now on AB's with another week off.

AKA walking pneumonia.

http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseas...fact_sheet.htm

Would explain my lack of faith in my recent H1N1 jab
I am not going outside of the house!!
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

Surprised that with all of the nose blowing going on, that it was not a sinus infection. Iirc, sinus infections can spread to the ear canals through the Eustachian tubes.

Anyway, good luck with it.

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Well, this time the doctor took a look at my ears and decided they needed cleaning out, and assured me the other problems would sort themselves out within a few days.

I'm not convinced they cleaned them properly, a huge blackish lump of crap was forced out of my left ear, revolting, but hardly anything came out my right ear, which is the one giving me problems. I was hearing fine after the syringing last night, but this morning I'm hearing funny again. I'll be upset if I find out it's because they didn't do a proper job first time round.

Got to give it a couple of days and see if it sorts itself out according to doc.
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Old 04.01.2011, 17:49
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Doc says Mycoplasma is doing the rounds, now on AB's with another week off.

AKA walking pneumonia.

http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseas...fact_sheet.htm

Would explain my lack of faith in my recent H1N1 jab

Hmmm... very interesting.

This timeline puts it on table for becoming infected while I was in the hospital:
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Symptoms generally begin 15 to 25 days after exposure. The symptoms generally develop slowly, over a period of two to four days.
Meanwhile, a month later, I am still coughing.

I've been using a humidifier and that helps with the coughing now though, I noticed that we're making our apartment sick - the humidifier is causing condensation on the windows which in turn has caused an outbreak of "old mold" on the wooden window frame which happens to be over my head.

Coughing from illness, coughing from reaction to the mold, I dunno. Going to set up the fan to blow on low tonight along with the humidifier to see if it helps with the condensation issue... tomorrow hopefully willing enough to deal with the stairs to head out and look for some GOOD wood cleaner to help with the mold.

Also though, antibiotics and cough syrup all used, going to call doc tomorrow and see if I can get in "soon" and ask what he thinks about virus / bacteria versus fungus causing my problems.
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Get out into the cold air, warm damp rooms are not good for you... Open up all your windows for a few hours whilst the weather is cold and dry, put your bedding and pillows outside too :-) Don't treat the cough, it's healthy and beneficial. Treat the fungus on your woodwork with a fungicide.
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Old 04.01.2011, 18:03
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Some people don't realize that they have pneumonia. It has happened to me twice, when I have taken another person to the hospital and doctor for them to get checked out for pneumonia, then later thought I had better see the doctor myself. The first time I was told that I had lungenentzundung, which I thought was just lung infection (bronchitis), so I carried on 'tafering' an attic in a new house in freezing February. My son is the same, twice or more, luckily last time I got him to the doctor shortly before he passed out- his was really bad, that was scary!
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Old 04.01.2011, 18:06
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Some people don't realize that they have pneumonia. It has happened to me twice, when I have taken another person to the hospital and doctor for them to get checked out for pneumonia, then later thought I had better see the doctor myself. The first time I was told that I had lungenentzundung, which I thought was just lung infection (bronchitis), so I carried on 'tafering' an attic in a new house in freezing February. My son is the same, twice or more, luckily last time I got him to the doctor shortly before he passed out- his was really bad, that was scary!
One of my friends once got pneunomia and his doctor failed diagnose it in time, ended up with half a lung removed due to infection. That's nasty.
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One of my friends once got pneunomia and his doctor failed diagnose it in time, ended up with half a lung removed due to infection. That's nasty.
Wo! Thanks I didn't realize it could get that bad, I'll make sure I get checked out in time if it happens again.
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Mycoplasma sucks. I've had it twice, maybe 3 times - it's the sickest I've ever been. I think I caught two definite cases on warm-ish airplanes next to coughers, although the fact that I used to work in a hospital might have something to do with it. Once I started to get a flu shot regularly, I never caught it again. I'm sure that's just coincidence. Also never had it before I lived in North Carolina, hope I never have it again.

In both cases, it lasted about 3 weeks, I had this racking cough, and a fever that would not go away. I also had no desire to eat, general tiredness and body aches. Mycoplasma is a funky bug, sort of a cross between a virus and a bacteria, and for some people, they just work it out of the system, for others, antibiotics are really needed. It's called walking pnemonia because you can walk around for weeks hacking and coughing without knowing you've got it....just cover your mouth when you cough.
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Old 07.01.2011, 23:21
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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

We just went through bouts of spastic laryngitis, it's terrible - people sound like baby seals at night, the only thing that works for some is open the window and sleep in cold fresh air and ATBs. I didn't need any so far, but it's irritating, the normal cold turns into a major head cold, then you get reinfected again, the sinuses and lining hurt. It's strange, I don't remember being prone to anything like this before..
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At work, it seems like people are dropping sick left and right because of the flu....has anybody experienced something similar at their workplace?
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We just went through bouts of spastic laryngitis, it's terrible - people sound like baby seals at night, the only thing that works for some is open the window and sleep in cold fresh air and ATBs. I didn't need any so far, but it's irritating, the normal cold turns into a major head cold, then you get reinfected again, the sinuses and lining hurt. It's strange, I don't remember being prone to anything like this before..

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Re: This year's flu - Damn...!

We are knocked down with round 2 of this damn flu!!
It is making the rounds in schools up here. My little girl brought it home. I have a nonstop headache. I also feel heavy headed and have body aches. Fever is making me have cold flashes too. To top it all off I have a horrible irritating cough that hurts the chest like you cannot believe. I have been in bed all morning!! For all of you out there take care and try to avoid this one, it is a killer
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