I am going on week 6 of Pertussis, aka: whooping cough. About a week and 1/2 ago, I sat there thinking. I had just thrown up very strangely from coughing. I almost had fainted. I spun and everything went black. I was being choked. This next comment is not for the weak of heart: the mucus coming up foamed like a volcano going off and stuck. It was so strange. I had been diagnosed with bronchitis. I thought, ” I have had bronchitis at least 20 times in my life and this is no bronchitis memory I have ever had. I also had had 2 rounds of Prednisone plus 2 antibiotics-of which one was extremely strong. Since the cough was the worse when I used my asthma inhaler, I decided to look up inhaler use and why it would cause this. I read someone mentioning whooping cough. I went and read further. I had told my kids I had to make a weird sound to get my breath back after a coughing fit. This happened as the spell ended, and upon gasping for breath It clicked, “this is what I have.” It lasts from 5 weeks to 3 months.” I feel good on some days, but still have about 3 bad coughing fits. I am really weak some days and can hardly do more than computer things.

I had thought because of immunizations that this illness was eradicated pretty much. I was wrong and I would not wish it on anyone. It is really bad in some areas.

To learn more and for further study, I found this link helpful. It has audios of the sound I mentioned: http://www.whoopingcough.net/symptoms.htm