Bronchitis: Strike Three!

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Forgive me for not writing for such a long time,  but so much happened since words last appeared on this blog. I embarked on a rollercoaster but enjoyable trip to Sukkur and Moenjodaro and survived massive fatigue in Swat.

For the last two years, I had caught the condition of bronchitis roughly around this time of the year. I had resolved that this year would be different. However, not to be. For the third straight year, I am now fighting the terrible condition of bronchitis which has made life as difficult for others around me, as for myself. It conveniently came when I was on an official tour to the northern parts of the country, which are not particularly known for moderation in cold temperatures. Perhaps leaving me in a more humiliating position than ever before.

I wrote about how bronchitis felt last winter. Similar feelings now. The same coughing fits. It’s just that I was prepared for it to hit this time around.

Just did not know I would hit the emergency twice in two days. Even though it just hit at the perfectly wrong time. When I was out in the field for work and just when I needed to keep myself fit and well. But I was anticipating its arrival. It was just a matter of time. And I would be lying if I said I took enough precautions. I guess it takes walking around wrapped in a quilt.

But as I approach the next year, I do have one resolution to make among a few others. I am not going to catch bronchitis for the fourth year in a row.

But I have a feeling that I will be writing a similar post next winter. And I seriously doubt that I would be walking around wrapped in a blanket.

I predicted it the last time too.

The Bronchitis Post



For the second straight year, at this very time of the year, I have been hit with the terrible condition of Bronchitis. Now that I think about it, it was perfectly avoidable, regardless of the fact that I have seen many people in the community exhibiting similar symptoms.

The dry roughness of the parts from the nasal cavity all the way down to the trachea makes this condition absolutely unbearable for the initial days, not to mention the brain-paralyzing fever. And not sure if it gets any better unless you pursue aggressive treatment proactively. I am not sure if you can leave this condition as it is and wait for it to get better. Maybe you can, but not sure. I was prescribed antibiotics and an NSAID. In any case, I guess this must be the closest you get to pneumonia.

Sickness can really paralyze your body and mind, but it has its due share of pleasures. It offers you the reshuffling of brain cells required for the much needed clarity every now and then. Not to mention the freshness of perspective and a renewed sharpness for concentration. Or maybe it’s just the drugs that I am heavily under the influence of these days. Though I am still pretty dizzy, 7 days and counting. So probably you do need a jolt like this every now and then to get your act straight and wear down the lethargy of being healthy.

However, the note to myself following this experience is what I would probably be ignoring around this time of the next year. Cover yourself properly when winter gets at its worst. Especially when you don’t have the most enviable heating around, if at all.

Cold kills people. It kills hundreds of people in this part of the world, by which I mean, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. Particularly the homeless without adequate heat and shelter. It has even killed at least a dozen on the US East Coast following one of the worst blizzards in history.

And this is probably how the cold kills.