Had acupuncture for sinus problems and wow! it sure did help.
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Yes, I have coughed up blood. It doesn't seem as though I cough it up, but I can hear a gurgling sound and know that the blood will be coming, and it is sooo scary. I was diagnosed with pneumonia both times that I went to the ER and a CT was done, and the last time, almost 3 years ago, the radiologist said the symptoms were pneumonia and possibly MAC. That was the first time that I had heard of MAC and no one explained what it was, so I went on-line and looked. The allergy/asthma doc that I see, didn't agree that it was MAC, yet when I had the yearly CT in his office, the radiologist report was "consistent with MAC". Having COPD, bronchiectasis, and asthma, I nebulize with Brovana twice daily followed by one puff of Alvesco inhaler. It has been almost 3 years since last having any blood come up, but we live on the edge that it might. The blood appears very liquid and would sometimes be a couple of tablespoons. It first happened about 20 years ago, and at that time was diagnosed as pneumonia. Has happened twice since then. IF I seem to get a chest congestion, I start on 250 mg of an antibiotic for 5 days. It is a child's dose, but I have problems with most antibiotics and have had C-diff in the past due to them. Hope this helps you a bit.
When mentioning to a pharmacist recently about having had C-diff and I have to watch carefully which antibiotics that I can take, he said that we all have the C-diff germ in our system, and that only some of us have it show up after taking certain meds?? Don't know??
Thank you for your reply. Yes, the oncologists nurse told him to continue drinking Boost Plus and Carnation Instant Breakfast.
Thanks for your reply. Sounds like you might still be a bit bitter about your late husbands doctor comment. I am a former Mental Health Executive Director and realize all of the ramifications of HIPPA. My son is not in a mental state needing facility care and he does come out to our home and stay a few nights at a time, but he has a nice home and cat that he doesn't want to be away from. My concern was that he needs nutrition to rebound from the radiation/chemo, Wishing you Peace.
Thank you for sharing and caring!
Our son, who is 54 years of age, unmarried and lives alone, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in May of this year, 2019 and underwent 33 radiation treatments and 5 chemo treatments. Pet scan in September showed no cells, and he will have another Pet scan in December. He didn't tell anyone except a "friend" and she didn't tell anyone so my son went through all of his treatments ALONE even driving himself to all of them. We only found out about it in July the day he finished his last radiation treatment. I feel really bad that he had to go through this alone, and when his appetite started going away, he wasn't eating anything and has lost over 30 pounds and he was already slim. He drinks Boost and instant breakfast but still cannot tolerate solid foods due to the radiation burns in his mouth and throat. He is very weak and basically sits most of the day. Is there anyone who can recommend anything that he might be able to eat? Normally we are on his medical chart, but this time we can't even discuss his situation with his medical team due to the fact that he didn't have anyone for an emergency contact. His theory was that if he told us about the diagnosis, I would check out the doctors that he would be going to for his treatments and would look for the best that I could find. He is correct about that, isn't that what parents do, no matter how old their "kids" get? Thanks for any advice given.