This story is stranger then fiction. Today is the first I've heard that whooping cough is still around. I always knew there is a vaccine for a baby called DPT - the P standing for Pertussin which is whooping cough. I assumed that whooping cough had been eradicated.
So, imagine my surprise when my niece, Dr. Extraordinare, told me that her brother's girlfriend had just come back from Colorado with the exact same cough I have had. Wow, coincidence? So, Dr. E did some checking in Colorado and found out there is an "outbreak" of whooping cough in Colorado.
She said I think that's what you have. Me, always being the investigative type, put into my search engine "whooping cough" and sat dumbfounded at the site I found, where they even had a "sound" file of the sound of the cough.
Exactamente - that's it! That's what I have had for almost 8 weeks. Thankfully, it is almost gone. The exact symptons of coughing and feeling as though you are suffocating, among other gross things. Yes, I had pneumonia too as a result and the torn muscles....from whooping cough.
I sure wish those "dingbats" at the hospital had figured that out and told me. How could my niece "get it" and $36,000 worth of tests and treatment didn't? In addition, I've been so worried because this "thing" hasn't gone away. Now I read that the time can be at least 7 or 8 weeks. If I had only known.
All I can say is, without a doubt, this has been one of the biggest messes I've ever been involved in...... Anyone who doesn't think our US medical system isn't broken, should talk to me!