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Whooping cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2011
  • 06:28 PM

Hi, I had whooping cough as a six year old in 1954! In 1957 I had an accident and lost my spleen.... So naff lungs and no immune system for half a century and more. I had colds, coughs, chest infections by the score...... Coughs so bad that they gave me stuff to stop me coughing as they were concerend I would crack my ribs.... so....the gunge I should have been coughing up just sat in my lungs and got infected. I now have Broncectasis (? spelling?) have been diagnosed for 17 years and do postural drianage to clear the gunge from my lungs and throat. I have mild asthma too! U.K. is too damp for me and as my late husband was Canadian I have the option to live here. Been here since 2003. Symtoms much better from the drier air - but coughs abound....all the year round. Can't hold a tune - sound like a wood rasp. Folk are sure I am a closet smoker - with little sympathy to match. (never smoked in my life - well not try I had half of one cigarrette when I was a very clever 16 year old.!! Down to about 40% lung function in 1994. Ain't life great after Whooping cough and no spleen. Thanks for the tip on headaches - which are relectless and have actually increased in this drier climate. Although these are also a symptom of decades without a spleen apparently. Got me every-which-way....but I'm alive, I'm upright and I can enjoy life. Hack! hack hack! Good luck everyone.

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