just a cough

September 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm 4 comments

I am beginning to get paranoid now.

Yet again I hear my friend telling someone

‘no that was just my colleague………..no she doesn’t smoke’

It seems that nearly every time one of my colleagues are on the phone the customer comments on the cough in the background.

I seem to have developed a dry tickle cough. It isn’t just now and again it is fairly frequent through out the day. A large part of my work involves speaking on the phone which just aggravates the cough. In my work I find that my voice is one of my best assets so it wouldn’t help me work wise to avoid the phone.

I am beginning to get paranoid about all the comments about smokers cough. I wouldn’t mind that so much if I was a smoker. Ok so I was a smoker, not a heavy smoker (less than 15 per day at the most). But I have not smoked since September 1988 (23yrs).

No this cough has nothing to do with smoking or dust or asthma. This cough was given to me by one of the doctors at the surgery I am registered with. He didn’t just wrap up a cough and present it to me. No he gave me a green slip of paper with my name age and address that I then presented to our local pharmacist who passed to me a green paper bag containing two small boxes (small meaning fit into the palm of my hand). Inside these boxes were two (4 in total) blister packs of small red and white capsules.

It had been decided that following repeated tests that although not normally a concern my slightly high blood pressure needed treatment due to my diabetes which was diagnosed in 2009. When prescribing this medication the doctor had warned me that there was a possibility that I might develop a dry cough. He wasn’t wrong there was he!! I just didn’t realise quite how much this would affect me.

So if you happen to be talking on the phone and hear a dry cough in the background ……….think of me .

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mel  |  September 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Seriously? From blood pressure medications?

    That’s crazy!
    Any chance he’d consider changing the medications?
    Sheesh…..what a pain.
    Hard candies maybe? Sugar free of course…..

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    • 2. annajskye  |  September 30, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Mel I have found that sugar free chewable mints work better than anything else.

      I am hoping that when I see the doctor next week he might take me off them completely. When they were monitoring my blood pressure I was recovering from my bad bout of flu and resorting to using a stimulant drink to help my energy levels. I don’t know if that would have had an effect on my bp but I’ve not had one for months also I have since been going to the gym 2-3 times a week.

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  • 3. letouttoplay  |  October 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I have sympathy! (Though mine is due to smoking, and it used to be made worse by heartburn!)
    I hope your doctor takes you off the medication or finds you another one.

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    • 4. annajskye  |  October 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      I am due to see my GP in the morning so fingers crossed.

      Reply

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