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the eric update - day 459: oy vay!

i'd have to go back and scour the archives of my outboard brain to know for certain, but i'm almost positive that i haven't had a cold since well before odin's birth, which means that my nearly two year streak of good fortune has come to an end this week.

what started out seeming like just a case of late season allergies has turned into the mother of all head colds which is draining stupifying amounts of glop into upper respiratory tract.

so i'm all hopped up on nyquil and robitussin ( the kind with the expectorant ) in the hopes that it doesn't transmogrify itself into bronchitis. or worse. and yes, i do realize that both cold medicines contain dextromethorphan but i swear i'm not using them in a manner inconsistent with their labelling.

of course, i've been put in quarantine , since odin has micropreemie lungs already damaged by pneumonia and therefore has an increased chance of having respiratory infections turn to pneumonia which would certainly not be a good thing.

oy vay!

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10/06/2005 12:37:00 PM 4 comments

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Oh, feel better soon! Magdalena has an URI and is abx. She has been enjoying long long long naps due to some of the cough medicine the doctor gave her. And being the loving Mommy I am, I've been enjoying cuddling up to her during these naps. ;)

By Blogger Suzanne, at 1:05 PM  

A word of advice: it took me a long time to figure it out, too, but the expectorant in Robitussin and the pseudoephedrine in Nyquil work against each other. The expectorant thins your mucus so it's easier to clear, the pseudoephedrine thickens it so there's less of it. So I eliminated Nyquil. It has:

Tylenol. I take that separately if I need it.

An antihistamine to knock you out. I take Benadryl if I need it. (Which has the same active ingredient as OTC sleep aids.)

Dextromethorphan. You're already getting this.

Pseudoephedrine. You probably don't even want this.

That, and I got a neti pot, which most people consider gross at first, but it's a huge relief.

--someone who usually just lurks

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:17 PM  

Oy. I hear ya. I was all excited because the cold I have that has settled in my lungs didn't seem to have done more than give Shoshanna a sniffly nose. But she started coughing last night, although nowhere near as badly as I have been. She definitely seems to feel much less miserable than I do, though, which I'm taking as a good sign.

By Blogger Sarah, at 8:57 AM  

I never did get the hang of a neti pot. I tried, too, but it always made me feel worse than when I started. (I have near-constant allergies, and pretty much live on Claritin-D.)

By Anonymous sammy, at 9:52 PM  

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