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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  11:32:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have formed the opinion, from much reading, that a lung infection can permanently reduce lung function after the infection is long gone. I have not had a lung infection for, at least, 5 years - due, in part, to being careful with whom I come into contact.

(I have never had a cold since my diagnosis.)

My daughter wants to visit for a few hours today and is --- probably --- over her cold.

What would YOU do? Have her come or play it safe? She says she still coughs a little.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Jan 15 2017 11:37:30 AM

Gecko10
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  12:44:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wear a mask and wash up well after her departure.
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  3:21:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lung infection CAN, but don't necessarily, lead to additional damage. That said, avoiding getting sick is definitely the best offense! As for your daughter, you and she are going to have to come to an agreement regarding when she comes to visit. Me? I'd let her come because she's probably not contagious any more, even coughing. I also have a very strong immune system and rarely get things, even though I fly at least twice a month 12 months a year. You need to decide with her what's best.

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PennyPA
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Posted - Jan 15 2017 :  6:37:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Steve, as Jean said, a lot depends on how strong your immune system is. If you've never been one that caught everything that came down the pike, there's no reason you would now. Just make sure she covers well what cough she might still have.

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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Jan 16 2017 :  7:08:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for that. I such a chicken, I used a mask. It may be that my risk-avoidance all this time is what reduced the probability and occurrence of chest infections.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Jan 16 2017 7:16:35 PM
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PennyPA
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Posted - Jan 17 2017 :  01:27:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You were safe; you were comfortable with the situation and that's what counts, Steve.

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You canít change the past but you can ruin the present worrying about the future.

The Bad News: Time flies as you get older.
The Good News: Youíre still the pilot.

Penny's Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

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Sandyspen
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Posted - Jan 25 2017 :  4:45:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad my hubby is the bully. In the beginning, the kids would ask and he would say "NO. If you're coughing you can't come over." Now they don't ask, they'll say "I'll come in a couple days when the cough is gone."

I keep big stack of masks handy though. Good idea! Doesn't bother me to wear them.


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PennyPA
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Posted - Jan 25 2017 :  10:38:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For those relatives who insist oh coming over even when they're coughing, just ask
THEM to wear the mask. They'll soon catch on.

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You canít change the past but you can ruin the present worrying about the future.

The Bad News: Time flies as you get older.
The Good News: Youíre still the pilot.

Penny's Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

And Our Travel Blog After LVRS




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tsainta
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Posted - Jan 26 2017 :  7:36:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You gotta do whatever answers your anxiety or your quality of life will be crippled. Your true friends and family should have no problem accomodating if you explain it to them.

Tony-CA

50% of dealing with COPD is common sense.
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