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LouLou
06-15-2006, 05:07 PM
We'll I haven't had a major lung infection in a few years. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. Almost went to pneumonia but I won!

Started Saturday evening with a 'feeling' in my throat - continued on Sunday and by Sunday night I had a sore throat with a light runny nose. Didn't seem that bad until Monday morning I woke up and it was in my lungs - what a mess. Stayed home and coughed up white foamy mucus all day. I think it's interesting how when my lungs get infected at first it's white when on a daily basis it's never white but rather yellow. I finally got a call back from my doctor at 5:15 on Monday when he proptly called in an order of Cipro. The way he wrote the script was for a 500MG pill to be taken every 8 hours. Have you ever taken Cipro like this? I'm used to every 12 hrs. Hey if it works I'm all for it. Jared went and picked it up for me. I'm being really good about following it's rules. Taking 2 hrs. after or 6 hrs. before calcium or vitamin (or acid reflux - but i don't use this) intake - takes some thinking considering I drink a gallon and half of milk a week. Now would not be the time to start cutting calories by cutting back on the milk. Anyway this evening will be 3 days I've been on it. I also stayed home Tues. People at work were really curious what was up. No one ever misses two days in a row here. I'm trying to get over feeling guilty. I mean really two days ain't a thing if it keeps me out of the hospital which surely would have a larger impact on my productivity.

All this just after being told I have Aspergillus - I'll try to find that post and update you on my doc's thoughts on that.

Interesting that I caught the cold 24 hrs. after stopping my 'umbrella' drug Bactrim that my doc. wants me on from Dec. - May.

ladybug
06-15-2006, 05:12 PM
LouLou,

I hope you're feeling better soon. Get plenty of rest, and don't worry what the people at work think. They should be happy you're not like millions of Americans who bring their germs to work when they're sick... that's not good for anyone!

Anyway, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure you'll feel better soon.

As far as Cipro, when I became resistant to it, I insisted I still treat an infection with it before going on IVs to see if it would help. Well, they had me on 750 mg 2 X per day, but not sure how often. I think Cipro is one of those drugs they can "play" with a little bit depending upon the infection. I had to stop it cause it made me sick having to take that much of it at one time. Yuck!

Good Luck to you!

LouLou
06-15-2006, 05:21 PM
Sonia, That's how I've taken Cipro in the past as well 750 2x/day. I guess this new way I'm on it keeps my levels more maintained throughout the day.

How's the pregnancy thing going?

anonymous
06-15-2006, 05:40 PM
DS was on cipro last spring for an upper respiratory bug/cough and the instructions drove me bonkers, 'cuz I always give him his meds right before feeding him except for the last ones of the nite. And then side effects listed sorta freaked me out, too.

He was on it twice a day -- liquid suspension that was supposed to taste like strawberries, but smelled like "BUTT". Ewww! Anyway, I recall upon closer reading of the dos and don'ts it said not to take with vitamins containing calcium and I thought that it was okay to take with a meal in which milk was served, but not with milk by itself. It was some really specific phrase in the meds literature.

Hope you're feeling better. L

ladybug
06-15-2006, 06:16 PM
L: What does butt smell like? lol

LouLou: Still not prego. We're hoping our time will come though. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0"> Thanks for askin'!

anonymous
06-15-2006, 06:20 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>LouLou</b></i>

We'll I haven't had a major lung infection in a few years. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. Almost went to pneumonia but I won!



Started Saturday evening with a 'feeling' in my throat - continued on Sunday and by Sunday night I had a sore throat with a light runny nose. Didn't seem that bad until Monday morning I woke up and it was in my lungs - what a mess. Stayed home and coughed up white foamy mucus all day. I think it's interesting how when my lungs get infected at first it's white when on a daily basis it's never white but rather yellow. I finally got a call back from my doctor at 5:15 on Monday when he proptly called in an order of Cipro. The way he wrote the script was for a 500MG pill to be taken every 8 hours. Have you ever taken Cipro like this? I'm used to every 12 hrs. Hey if it works I'm all for it. Jared went and picked it up for me. I'm being really good about following it's rules. Taking 2 hrs. after or 6 hrs. before calcium or vitamin (or acid reflux - but i don't use this) intake - takes some thinking considering I drink a gallon and half of milk a week. Now would not be the time to start cutting calories by cutting back on the milk. Anyway this evening will be 3 days I've been on it. I also stayed home Tues. People at work were really curious what was up. No one ever misses two days in a row here. I'm trying to get over feeling guilty. I mean really two days ain't a thing if it keeps me out of the hospital which surely would have a larger impact on my productivity.



All this just after being told I have Aspergillus - I'll try to find that post and update you on my doc's thoughts on that.



Interesting that I caught the cold 24 hrs. after stopping my 'umbrella' drug Bactrim that my doc. wants me on from Dec. - May.</end quote></div>

Hi Lauren

Sorry you're not feeling too good. My daughter took Cipro a few times, seemed ok on it - it was to treat Pseudo. Don't give a staff what people in your work think, just look after yourself and take it easy.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Charlotte<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

thelizardqueen
06-15-2006, 07:33 PM
Hope you feel better soon. I've only done Cipro 2x a day.

anonymous
06-15-2006, 08:45 PM
I hope you are feeling better also. When I go on Cipro I take it three times a day. I have taken both 500 three times a day and now I take 750 three times a day when I am sick. It seemed to help a lot

Sue 24w/CF

NoExcuses
06-15-2006, 09:36 PM
I'm just like you - my colds go right to my lungs.

When I'm on Cipro, I take it 750mg TID. And GOOD FOR YOU for following instructions about vitamins and calcium. Many people don't do that.

Cipro dose depends on your height and weight, and also the susept. of the bacteria that you're treating. My dose works well for me every time.

I hope you feel better soon! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

anonymous
06-15-2006, 11:24 PM
It didn't work for me last time, and I've only been on it 3 times in my life. Do you think it could be becasue I only took it twice a day.

John

anonymous
06-15-2006, 11:29 PM
This is how you tell.

1. Get a sputum culture
2. Have the microbiologist identify what bacteria you grow
3. Have the micro determine the MICs (minimum inhibatory concentratoins) for each bacteria and each class of antibiotics
4. If your PA or whatever organism that you colonize has a high MIC (higher than what can be achieved in the body with that particular antibiotic) this may explain why Cipro didn't work for you.

anonymous
06-15-2006, 11:29 PM
that was me, amy