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mouth breathing

I would very much like to be sleeping right now, but every time I relax enough to drift off to sleep, my mouth closes, and suddenly I can't breathe.

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carocrow
May. 29th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
You have a cold? That is aggravating.

Check with your MD about some samples of allergy sprays. I use a CPAP and have to have my nose clear for that. When the allergies are particularly bad I use Nasonex (they are not like the nasal sprays you get OTC, which are usually antihistamine/decongestant).
kmo
May. 30th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
You have a cold?
I wish a cold were causing my breathing troubles. At least then it would go away in a few days.

I have nasal polyps. I got a prescription for some Nasonex, and it shrank the polyps down to nothing, and my sense of smell returned for the first time in years, but then I ran out of Nasonex and the polyps returned. I'm currently looking around for the best price for more on-line, but the stuff costs more than I want to spend on an on-going basis.

I haven't had health insurance since 1998. When I had more money than I do now, I would go abroad for medical care when I needed it. Now, I no longer have the financial resources to pick up and fly to a country with affordable medical care. I don't have an MD. I got my Nasonex prescription from a doctor at a walk-in clinic. He referred me to an ear nose and throat doctor to have the polyps removed. I called that doctor's office and talked to the person in charge of billing and insurance. That doctor would want $400 just to look up my nose to confirm the very obvious fact that I have nasal polyps. The billing lady did not care to venture a guess as to what the doctor would charge for the actual removal.
carocrow
May. 30th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: You have a cold?
I'm in the same boat with the insurance thing; I was lucky and got several sample bottles of Nasonex when I was still seeing our PCP on and off for cash visits. Mani has VA or we'd be up the creek.

I'm so sorry that you're having problems with that... the only option I can offer you at this point is coming down to LA and going to LSUMC in Shreveport, which is what I have to do. There's also Earl K. Long in Baton Rouge, but the big Charity in NOLA may not be rebuilt for years.

The US idea of universal healthcare is everyone having insurance :-( But, if you look at the UK, they pay much higher taxes and fuel prices to balance out the socialized medicine. So the cost of living increase isn't really fair to people who don't need the system.
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