For quite a while, I managed to avoid catching a cold. I used to get Bronchitis all the time and it sucked. That meant struggling to breathe and having to take antibiotics. But then, I stopped getting sick. I attribute my turn of good luck to diligently applying Thieves Oil every day to both of my wrists. I don’t know how else to explain it but it really worked. I was having a perfectly good run of good health until the summer when my throat started to get scratchy.
Usually, when the weather is warm, colds and flu aren’t very active so I was hoping it would go away. But it transformed into the dreaded bronchitis cough. Uh Oh! I was screwed!
Meanwhile, I drank plenty of hot lemon juice and honey, (occasionally adding some bourbon) and kept up my walking routine, hoping to keep it at bay. A couple of days later, I woke up with my eyes glued together. They were filled with boogers and my right eyelid was swollen. I looked like the walking dead and knew I had to do something fast. Getting bronchitis after 60 isn’t anything you want to mess with because no one wants pneumonia and conjunctivitis is usually an infection.
Bronchitis in August???
I had just been in for a checkup a couple of weeks before I got sick and was perfectly healthy. My doctor held off on giving me a flu shot and told me to make an appointment for November when people actually get the flu. The week before I had come in for a lipid panel. People were sitting there coughing and I tried to move away but someone must have got me! Grrrrr!
I couldn’t get an appointment that day so I high-tailed it to the ER. The waiting room was almost empty. (Pheww!) I was in and out of there within an hour armed with the standard bronchitis treatment that includes the Z-Pak and cough syrup with codeine as well as an eye medication, and an inhaler if I needed it. Luckily, I was breathing fine.
Why I believe walking helps clear your lungs
I’m convinced my daily walking routine has helped keep my lungs from getting too congested. Every morning I get up early (before it gets hot) and walk my dogs. Then, I go out by myself for 40 – 90 minutes to explore my new neighborhood. It keeps my blood pressure regulated too because I sit too much working on my computer. I try to get out at least a couple of times a day for short walks and the dogs are happy about that.
A couple of days on the Z-Pack helped except but I still had laryngitis which made it hard to get any work done.
The problem with taking antibiotics it that you typically get yeasty afterward. Oh, the joy of living and breathing!
What to do if you get bronchitis
- Get your flu shot as soon as it’s available so you can avoid getting it in the first place. If you’re over 65 get your pneumonia shot as well. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you’re immune and fall is just around the corner.
- If you feel like your lungs are congested, don’t be stubborn and call your doctor. Homeopathic remedies are great to a point, but once you cross the line don’t mess around with Bronchitis or any other respiratory problem. Older people die from pneumonia every day and it usually starts from something as simple as a cold.
- Walk every day for at least 30 minutes to keep your lungs clear.
- If your illness is bacterial, don’t rub your eyes otherwise, you could get conjunctivitis as I did. Use a separate tissue or eye pad to cleanse each eye to avoid contamination. Throw away your contacts if you wear them and don’t put on new ones until you finish your meds.
- Keep bedding, towels, and dish towels clean.
- Stay home so you won’t infect others. If you have to go out, wash your hands often, and generously use hand sanitizer.
- Isolate until you aren’t contagious anymore. Don’t go to the movies or a party. It’s amazing how many people do that and then cough on everyone else around them.
- Avoid eating dairy because it will add to your congestion.
- A little bourbon may help at first but don’t drink alcohol if you’re taking antibiotics and never with a cough syrup that contains codeine.
- Drinking tea is always a good idea because it contains antioxidants and soothes your throat. Organic tea that contains lemon and ginger is always a good choice.
- Eat a healthy diet to boost your immunity. Avoid junk food, alcohol in excess, sweets, and indulge in other habits that can compromise your immune system.
Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, all of the same rules apply to help you stay healthy from the COVID virus. You can find masks, hand sanitizers, and other supplies at Boomer Naturals.
Stay well! What do you do when you get a cold or flu that turns into bronchitis? Please leave a comment below.