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Do you have any prednisone? And be sure to watch the fever. Feel better.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:29:59 PM EST
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Thank you for the good wishes. The doctor was very generous with the meds.

I have a tendency for stridor, which means making horrible sounds while trying to breathe  because either the bronchi, or in my case, the larynx, closes when I cough too much.

It is usually associated with asthma, but again, that's when the bronchi are involved.

Opinions are divided as to whether or not this could cause death.  Some ENT say one just passes out and some reflex kicks it to open the airway, others are not so optimistic.  For me, the asthma medicine ventolin has worked but others with this same condition say it doesn't work for them.

by stevesim on Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:37:05 PM EST
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the wish you double well.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaďs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:40:11 PM EST
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If the meds don't do it there is an alternative. Colloidal silver, micron sized particles of metallic silver in a colloidal suspension in distilled water, have been shown to be toxic to both bacteria and viruses but harmless to mammalian tissue. Putting a colloidal silver solution in a nebulizer and inhaling it produces a surfact application on the lung tissue and kills the bugs on contact, tipping the balance in favor of the immune system. Before antibiotics this was the primary treatment for acute ear infections, though in those days preperation of the silver water was more difficult and often resulted in significant contamination with ionic silver, which can cause agiria, a condition that turns the skin blue. In the USA one can usually find small quantities of silver water for sale in health food stores - at a price.

Or you can ignore this as pure quackery.  

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2012 at 12:15:27 PM EST
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well thank you for the suggestion.  I may try it as I get ear infections often and don't want to overdo the antibiotics.
by stevesim on Sat Feb 4th, 2012 at 01:15:56 PM EST
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I have a friend in Tuscon, a former grad school house mate, who has a generator that makes excellent colloidal silver water. His model is no longer available. It used 12,000 volt low amp discharges between a silver wire and a silver block immersed in water to produce the particles mostly in the .003 to .008 micron diameter range. The voltages used are in the range of those in older TV HV picture tube circuits and were deemed a hazard. Currently available devices use lower voltages, but he reports friends who have them get good results. At least if you use distilled water there is little danger of getting ionic silver particles. I am planning on getting one fairly soon, as I am about out of silver water. The cost for a good HV generator of the type he recommends is about US $250.00. Silver water is currently used in burn units for topical application. It seems unlikely, given the extent of use, that immunity would develop.

A co-worker of his developed viral pneumonia and was told by his doctor that there was nothing more he could do, that he needed to rest and rely on his immune system. My friend gave him some silver water to use in his nebulizer and over the next two days he coughed up the material that was collecting in his lungs and over the next week recovered. All anctedotal, but... No one will pay for trials of something that cannot be patented.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 4th, 2012 at 03:47:04 PM EST
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