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post #1 of 26
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I currently am getting over Bronchitis and am taking meds for it and a nasal infection. So I wanted to ski today at A-Basin everything is great until I get atop Pali lift. I am traversing over to West Wall (I think) and as I am kicking to get over there my left ski prereleases. Normally no biggie put it back on and go. It prereleases two more time. Grrrrr. Anyhow, this has my lungs screaming for air. I really can't catch my breath until I am back at the bottom half way up the lift. So I guess I am taking it easy today. Have stayed on the lower blues. Any idea on how to calm a bronchitis coughing fit? Do you ski when sick?
post #2 of 26

Looking down Pali for the first time made me feel pretty dang queasy and I had nothing wrong with mespit.gif

post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by skierbri10 View Post

I currently am getting over Bronchitis and am taking meds for it and a nasal infection. So I wanted to ski today at A-Basin everything is great until I get atop Pali lift. I am traversing over to West Wall (I think) and as I am kicking to get over there my left ski prereleases. Normally no biggie put it back on and go. It prereleases two more time. Grrrrr. Anyhow, this has my lungs screaming for air. I really can't catch my breath until I am back at the bottom half way up the lift. So I guess I am taking it easy today. Have stayed on the lower blues. Any idea on how to calm a bronchitis coughing fit? Do you ski when sick?


Skiing when sick is pretty terrible. I did it once at Steamboat. I had some chest and nasal congestion. I spent the entire first (and last) run gasping for air and coughing/hocking up mucus. I went into the bar, drank a couple of hot apple ciders with whiskey (the best medicine) to try to clear up but no luck. I spent the rest of the day at the hot springs, which was much better than skiing.

post #4 of 26

HALLS-CHERRY-COUGH-DROPS-30-COUNT.jpg

 

Helps to clear the passages and keep snotstashes to a minimum.

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 

Helps to clear the passages and keep snotstashes to a minimum.



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= a lower minimum.

 

 

 

post #6 of 26

I actually keep both Halls and Fisherman's friends in my ski jacket.  I usually have one or two an hour to help prevent a sore throat after or during skiing as the cold air affects me badly. 

post #7 of 26

Abasin is probably not the best choice when sick ... somewhere a little lower would be better. If it's my nose, I love Sudafed. It does dry you out, so take water and lozenges (or Jolly Ranchers). But it gives a little energy, too. If it's in my throat, Constant Comment and Drambuie. If it's in my lungs, I usually stay home, as I had several bouts with pneumonia when I was younger, and learned my lesson. 

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Originally Posted by skierbri10 View Post

...(1)Any idea on how to calm a bronchitis coughing fit? (2)Do you ski when sick?


(1). Delsym helps. When I get bronchitis I tend to like long hot showers, lots of hot lemon/ginger/cayenne pepper tea with honey, and sleep.

 

(2) HELL no. smile.gif

 

Hope you feel better soon.

post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I did have some halls in my car so I grabbed them. Felt fine with those. I had a crazy coughing fit in the base lodge during lunch. Some people were looking at me waiting for me to keel over lol.
post #10 of 26
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, I love Sudafed.

 

 

I assume you're talking about the straight congestion formula with pseudephedrine.    I like a bit of guaifenesin with my pseudephedrine, hence the choice of Mucinex D.    All the pep, less dry-out.

post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
Sudafed and all the decongestants work great for a wet cough. Sometimes, like I have right now bronchitis is a dry cough, due to inflammation of the bronchial region. Dr has me in prednisone an anti-inflammatory steroid. Oh well I survived and normally I would have called off the ski day but this was a free lift ticket only good in January and this was the last day I could use it. Lol. I just took it easy and stayed on the groomers.
post #12 of 26

A lot of good info given already.  I will add this.  If you like sushi, have some for lunch.  Just make sure to go heavy on the wasabi.

 

Dennis

post #13 of 26

When making a ski/no-ski decision, I think about whether I'll be endangering myself, or be in pain, or be fine. If it's just congestion, I'll "suck it up" (literally... eww!) and ski. If I feel achy or stupefied from a flu, for me it's nicer/safer to just stay at home on the couch with OJ and soup. Skiing should be fun!

post #14 of 26

I went to Breck one year with a pretty nasty sinus infection, live at 500 ft MSL so skied the first day and got a headache.  Went to the clinic the next day to get it checked out, found out my blood oxygen was too low, kept me for hours to check for HAPE, chest x-rays, everything.  Got an oxygen bottle and an oxygen concentrator for sleeping.  

 

The point that I'm trying to make is that skiing with a respiratory illness can be serious or life-threatening if you don't get enough oxygen.  I should have sat it out even though it sucks, instead I had one crappy day and one completely lost day.

post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by skierbri10 View Post

I currently am getting over Bronchitis and am taking meds for it and a nasal infection. So I wanted to ski today at A-Basin everything is great until I get atop Pali lift. I am traversing over to West Wall (I think) and as I am kicking to get over there my left ski prereleases. Normally no biggie put it back on and go. It prereleases two more time. Grrrrr. Anyhow, this has my lungs screaming for air. I really can't catch my breath until I am back at the bottom half way up the lift. So I guess I am taking it easy today. Have stayed on the lower blues. Any idea on how to calm a bronchitis coughing fit? Do you ski when sick?



Maybe instead of all these pharmacological recos, you should check your bindings? And yes, always take it easy when dealing with nasal and or lung issues.

 

post #16 of 26

I am heading to Utah tomorrow night. There's been a nasty cold virus that seems to linger quite a while circulating around my office. Thought I had escaped it until last night when I felt the sore throat that precedes all of the other symptoms. I'm sure flying all night tomorrow night while crammed in coach with a completely full flight will help. It will still be better than work.

post #17 of 26

It sucks.  I had this exact problem last weekend, on a powder day no less.  I've never felt more out of shape in my life as a result, which kind of makes sense when you consider your lung capacity is in fact lower (temporarily) due to the damage from bronchitis.

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

I am heading to Utah tomorrow night. There's been a nasty cold virus that seems to linger quite a while circulating around my office. Thought I had escaped it until last night when I felt the sore throat that precedes all of the other symptoms. I'm sure flying all night tomorrow night while crammed in coach with a completely full flight will help. It will still be better than work.


I have exactly the same thing.  Going to Ut tomorrow and feel the cold I have avoided for weeks coming on.  My last trip to Utah I was dieing with bronchitis.frown.gif

 

post #19 of 26
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Maybe instead of all these pharmacological recos, you should check your bindings? And yes, always take it easy when dealing with nasal and or lung issues.

 



lol, no doubt huh?  Actually I was being a total gaper.  Checked it and is fine.  Just stupid ol' me.  

 

I never had the option of not working when I was doing ski patrol.  Only way to call of is to be in a coma in a hospital.  The luxury was that most of the day you could stay at PHQ and take calls.

post #20 of 26
It might feel good (mentally not physically) when you do go ski sick, in my experience it doesn't pay in long term. You might indulge yourself with a few hours of play, but it could possibly delay your recovery by days.

Of course it may be different if you are strong as an ox and have immune system of a sewer rat, but most people don't, so take it easy.
post #21 of 26
Skiing with a cold or minor flu, sure. You should be in bed resting if your getting over bronchitis. Considering it can turn into pneumonia. Cold air in your lungs is not the right way to go.
post #22 of 26

Skiing sick is not a problem IF you are not running a fever... or running a fever during sleeping and waking up soaked.

If your cough is keeping you awake at night it is time to back off.

You need 8-10 hours of real sleep to allow for DEEP SLEEP during which your metabolism changes...

from ANABOLIC - CONSUMING to CATABOLIC- REBUILDING which is when the healing hormones are released.

This goes for Everyone and Everything and even more so if you are out there burning it.

 

Everyone should also be a sinus yogi: ( AS recommended by Koop - ex-Surgeon General of the US.)

Mix up 2/3 (Sea) Salt and 1/3 Baking Soda - maybe use an old prescription bottle.

Put 1/2 Teaspoon in a 10-12 ounce glass. Add 8 oz. cold water and then 2-3 oz. boiling water (That way you don't break the glass).

Hide in the bathroom and Gargle a few times first.

Then stick your nose in the glass -too hot will be obvious and too cold will feel creepy. Think BODY TEMPERATURE and this should not hurt- beyond being a bit weird.

DRAW the salt water up your nose, Slowly. Drain into the sink. Use some skill to not spray everywhere or drown. Repeat til the glass is empty or you have had enough of this. Finish by moving your head around, bend over and sideways and let the rest drain out.

This will save you from pounds of antibiotics and perhaps stave off a head cold if used as a preventative.

 

Change your toothbrush often... once when you feel something coming on and again when you feel better. Search for toothbrush boiling and rinsing with mouth wash... good ideas.

post #23 of 26
Great advice about the fever thing, basically if u r so sick ur body needs to elevate temps ur best staying in bed otherwise....I take an expectorant. (Makes you expel snot everywhere but gets it out of u) and since I am always waiting for my friendss I ski down to the lift take off ly goggles and face mask and blow bloody green yellow clumps in the snow....its quite horrible but after seeing what coulda been inside u its a Martha Stewart good thing
post #24 of 26
When I had bronchitis I was on some powerful anti-biotics, doubt I would have been able or even wanted to go skiing. You must have had a minor infection, I remember coughing up blood.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by skierbri10 View Post

I currently am getting over Bronchitis and am taking meds for it and a nasal infection. So I wanted to ski today at A-Basin everything is great until I get atop Pali lift. I am traversing over to West Wall (I think) and as I am kicking to get over there my left ski prereleases. Normally no biggie put it back on and go. It prereleases two more time. Grrrrr. Anyhow, this has my lungs screaming for air. I really can't catch my breath until I am back at the bottom half way up the lift. So I guess I am taking it easy today. Have stayed on the lower blues. Any idea on how to calm a bronchitis coughing fit? Do you ski when sick?

Depends how much sick and if I'm spending my long sought, hard earned skiing week holiday. Then nothing short of a broken leg would have stopped me but now?
A cold? Maybe.

But bronchitis, flu and the likes? Heavy one? And meds? Prolly I'll pass (not only for the skiing, but also because it would mean to drive)
I had one just last week end, not yet to the point to take antibiotics but nearly there...decided to pass over,

As years have passed and my youth faded..I've come to apply the say (freely taken from a different one, which, I think, is "live to fight another day")

Live to ski another day

Not only to dangerous situations but also in general (illness and the likes)...

Still, it also depends how long since my last ski day...then "hunger" could overcome senses and reason.

This week end as well I'm home...not yet completely off the bronchitis but decided to apply extra caution...

Next week end...no matter what, I'll go. With or without family, with or without cough. Work or not (I'm always on duty call...grr)
post #26 of 26

After spending all day Friday and most of yesterday in bed recovering from a violent stomach flu, I bagged a Masters race today

and didn't even bother going to our local hill. Feeling better, but just couldn't get motivated to ski in the marginal conditions we've

had most of this year.

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