Sick leave

I have acute bronchitis.  I’ve been too wiped out to to do anything but sleep (and cough and wheeze).  I’ve been using an albuterol inhaler and I’m now taking an antibiotic.  (Sticklers for evidence-based medicine, take note: in this case the antibiotic may be just a placebo.  [See Fahey T, Smucny J, Becker L, Glazier R. Antibiotics for acute bronchitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2004, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD000245. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000245.pub2.])

Hope to be back blogging in a few days.  

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10 Responses to “Sick leave”  

  1. 1 andrea

    Migraine and then bronchitis, sheesh; some days you feel like you gotta die to get better …

    Yeup; the last few times I’ve had bronchitis, the docs just tell me to use my inhaler, rest up, and drink fluids. No antibiotics, despite hacking up green slime. Shockingly, I got better in a week with or without the AB, so there’s no point in being the breeding medium for AB-R bacteria! (Besides, it’s difficult to remember those 3x/day meds.)

    Hope you get to feeling better!


  2. 2 Ken

    My experience is that antibiotics don’t usually make much difference but when they do it is almost miraculous and I wonder why I didn’t I these a few days ago.

    I can rationalise the trials as having significant biases. Patients are probably recruited with milder symptoms than in the trial protocol and it is unlikely that patients who have had previous success with antibiotics would enrol.

  3. 3 Ren

    Usually, albuterol makes me write more, along with making me more jittery. Hope you feel better… And come back soon.

  4. 4 andrea

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  5. 5 AutismLibrary

    Haven’t seen you back online since this–I hope all is going OK.

  6. 6 EpiWonk


    Thanks for your concern. I’m taking things slowly, but I really do think I’ll be back blogging withing the next few days.

  7. 7 EpiWonk


    Thanks for the award! I really am flattered. I’ll get in touch with you through the contact info at your blog.

  8. 8 andrea

    You’ll be glad to know that last week I got a pneumovax. Dang, but my arm was sore, and I couldn’t raise my hand head-high for a week — it was worse than a tetanus vax!

    (No, I didn’t submit that to VAERS. I figured I just reacted because I’d probably had some bronchial infection that “tasted” similar to one of the things in the vax, and thus reacted more.)

    Hope you’re feeling better,


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