So you may recall that I saw my doctor a week ago yesterday (sure feels much longer). I had been sick nearly five days already with low grade fever (never over 100.7) violent and continuous coughing, which seemed focused mainly in the chest. She prescribed a nebulizer and codeine cough syrup to help with sleep. Oh dear, everything got much worse over the weekend and I think I barely slept 2 hrs each night from Friday through Monday morning.
I called back in on Monday and got my regular PCP then and told him what was going on. Apparently the nebulizer can be a stimulant and it was amping me up big time. I had already stopped it Monday morning thinking this was the culprit, but it took a couple more nights before I even felt tired. Not that I could sleep with all the coughing, but when you are wide awake, and coughing, well sleep is impossible.
So I continued with the cough syrup, some other nyquil type products, and even a sleep aid I had from chemo days, Trazodone. But still could not sleep. Now it was the cough -- continues, dry, yet lots of mucous in my sinus now, which is were my colds usually settle, not in my chest. In fact, I had just completed a 5 day sinusitis antibiotic three weeks earlier from the cold of the month previous.
On Thursday, I call in again, and get the doc who I saw on the visit the Friday before. She determines that I have a sinus infection; and while the antibiotics (a bit stronger and more frequent than the last) will not help my bronchitis (bronchitis is 80-90% Viral, not bacterial), it will help the sinus infection. I started that antibiotic Thursday evening and have now had a full days dose in me by now, Saturday morning. I must say that the head and sinus were much less congested yesterday afternoon and I even napped in bed for a short spell then. So my hope was I could sleep better last night.
I did sleep "better" but still sitting up in bed coughing every 1-2 hours or so, all night long. Then by 5am, usually I can get a full 2-3 hours in, for some reason.
So, time will tell. And somehow I have the feeling I'll be calling in again next week if I'm not sleeping at least in 4 hour increments by then. How can someone heal if they aren't sleeping????
Hoping, dreaming..... of Z Z Z Z Z -SLEEP