I know that everything I have seen about bronchitis says that it can take anywhere from two to four weeks for a person to feel fully recovered, but Karen is still very sick. She says she still feels as sick as she did a week ago, even though she can breathe a bit better now.
She has been getting plenty of fluids (at least she tells me she has), and she has been getting plenty of rest. She has even been on vacation this entire past week to be able to sleep and rest.
As far as I know, she has been doing everything that she needs to be doing to get better.
Her fever has finally come down to below 100F; and I believe the last time she took it, it was actually in the normal range.
Her chest x-ray showed nothing unusual, and the doctor said it actually looked good. They gave her a steroid shot, and 5 days worth of steroid pills. She has been on antibiotic for a full week now, and I don't think the cough medicine that they gave here was of any real help. At least not to hear Karen talk about it.
I wish they would have sent her home with a nebulizer and albuterol to do breathing treatments every day.
So, when will she start feeling better?
This morning, she felt well enough to go to breakfast with me to Golden Corral, and then to go to the store. But after all of that, she came home and felt like she was wiped out. She took jack to the orthopedic specialist yesterday morning, and that took all of her strength out of her. She took the kids to Spirit Halloween yesterday afternoon (without me, and don't even get me started on that one), and it tired her out.
Every time that Karen starts showing significant signs of improvement, she seems to have a sudden relapse of symptoms. The coughing will come back with a vengeance, seemingly out of nowhere.
I know the cough has caused her ribs to feel bruised. Her muscles are tired and exhausted form the clenching. Occasionally, she coughs so much that it makes her tinkle.
I have had a humidifier in her room for the past three days, and have kept it filled. It sits next to her fan, and should be providing the moisture into the air that would help her breathe better. We even got some Vick's Vapo Rub to put on her chest.
So, when will my Bubbie Bee finally start feeling better?
How long will it take for her to start feeling normal again?
What is keeping her from recovering the way she needs to?
What can I do to help her recover faster?
What can I do to help her feel better?
I feel so helpless. I want to be able to so something, anything, to help her get well, and to make her feel better. I want to be able to do something to "fix it" and make it so that she can be back to normal, and feeling like herself again.
I've been trying to help out by making sure that there is nothing around the house that she will feel she needs to get up and take care of. But I don't feel like that is enough. I want to be able to so something more.
I wonder if there is something in our bedroom, or in our bathroom, that is making her not recover as fast as she could be? Is something in our room making her sick? Is she doing more harm by staying cooped up in our bedroom, instead of coming out and propping herself upon the couch in the living room for at least a few hours at a time?