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02 April 2009 @ 05:43 pm
Sick sick sick...  
I have been sick for about a week, so I decided to see a doctor. I probably have sinusitis or rhinitis in addition to bronchitis. And thus is another ENT infection to add to my footnotes of my health. I have been put on Asmanex and Levaquin.

I have had a bacterial ENT infection every year of my life since I was about 12. Sometimes it's a sinus infection, other times bronchitis or strep throat. Once in a while, it's an ear infection, tonsils, or even as bad as pneumonia. In fact, I had pneumonia so many times, it's done permanent damage and I have been told that if I get it again, they may have to put me on oxygen. Luckily, I haven't had it for a few years, so go me.

It's a wonder that no one has removed my tonsils. I have had tonsillitis more than once, but the last time I had it, they said they "don't remove tonsils anymore until there's some terrible problem. It used to be the first thing we did, now they are rare."
feyandstrange on April 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Tonsil removal seriously helped me. Went from "ear infection/bronchitis twice every winter" to "laryngitis, but I feel OK, every two years". But I got mine out because I'd just nearly died from tonsillitis and was about to move to a Third World country.

Have they given you a pneumonia shot? If not, ask for one. It won't help much vs. bacterial but it does help with a lot of the standard pneumonia bugs. Good for about ten years.

Hope you're feeling better soon.
Agent of Chaosstormgren on April 3rd, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I second this.

I used to have twice yearly sinus infections.

I had what amounted to an emergency tonsilectomy. Internally they were diseased and pockets of bacteria were everywhere.

I haven't had a sinus infection since.
punkwalruspunkwalrus on April 3rd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
I asked about a pneumonia shot, and I was told that out of 130 strains of pneumonia, the shot only covers about 30% of them or less (new strains appear every few years), and they only give them to people who are much older and spend a lot of time in hospitals or nursing homes.
feyandstrange on April 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hm. I've been told the rate is higher, that a lot of medical personnel get the shot, and that at-risk folks are supposed to be able to get them if they ask, but that was over ten years ago. Weird. My dad was told that the shot was good for 5-10 years and provided 30-50% coverage around that same time. Dad had been getting yearly pneumonia, and after the shot, he didn't get it again (until he got it from a broken rib and food in his lungs from not coughing because of a broken rib, but that's different). Maybe later research showed that the shots weren't as effective. What a shame.
chellebelle74: my opinionchellebelle74 on April 3rd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm going to vote positive experience on the tonsilectomy too. I had mine out when I was 16. I used to get strep or some other similarly nasty infection 2-3x a year. Since I had them out (almost 20 years now) I have not had a single case of strep and icky nasty bugs only seem to strike once every 2-3 years. The surgery sucked, but I've been enormously happy with the results.