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O Phlegm, Where Art Thou?

I’m back!!! Back from nowhere actually. Since my food-poisoning episode, my tummy has not been behaving well. A lot of gases man! I keep burping after heavy meals.

One fine day which was last Wednesday, while driving back from work I suddenly felt short of breath. There was something in my windpipe. Ohh I panicked. I was alone. I kept breathing hard. Stupid ideas start coming out from my funny mind… the ‘what if’. What if I pass out while driving? What if I die while driving? I drank lots of water for fear that I might stop breathing and to drown that ‘something’ in my windpipe. Wuahahahaha… of course I can laugh now.

I finally managed to crawl home and told my mom. Dad quickly fetched me to clinic. I went to my company’s panel but it was a long queue. “Gilar kar…. saya orang ke-11.” Ohh more panic. Maybe I can die anytime soon. Told dad to go to another clinic and registered my name for being a first-timer…took so long. Ahh where’s my ‘minyak kapak’. Weeeee I’m no. 2. Can breath more easily. Go back to car to take my bottle water. Gulp gulp gulp. Stupid ‘thing’ just won’t ‘tenggelam’.

And you know what the doctor said????

It’s just your imagination lah. There’s nothing wrong with your lungs.

Yeah but there’s something in my windpipe!!!

I drink lots of warm water, take cough/phlegm/antibiotic medicine on time and sleep without aircond (urgghhh… only plain fan) yet my phlegm won’t go away. Sure that ‘something’ or I called that my ‘kahak pepejal’ did subsided but sometimes it came back up my throat. Every morning and night, my chest feels heavy due to the phlegm.

So my friend, do you have any tips on how to clear up my very stubborn phlegm? I’ve tried honey, lime juice and ‘ubat batuk cap ibu and anak’ but still the phlegm emerged victorious.


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  • Reply moz monster November 7, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Wow … get well soon. I guess you have to just keep yourself well hydrated so that the phlegm won’t be thick and get stuck wherever it is stuck in now.

  • Reply wuching November 7, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    u seen those aliens movies where the alien put their babies inside u & later it burst out? that could be what’s inside u! jedi!

  • Reply kleio November 7, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    You can try these Chinese Home Remedies (i found it on the net :nerd: last few months back while trying to find a cure for my little boy’s persistent cough):wink: :

    Whole Lemon Drink
    Cut up a fresh lemon and put it through a juice extracter (skin & seeds included). Mix the juice with an equal amount of warm water and sip slowly, letting it just trickle down your throat. If it’s too bitter add a little more water, but no sugar. Do this 2-3 times a day. An excellent home remedy for coughing – clears chest congestion, sinus congestion, cough with profuse phlegm and sore throat.

    Tangerine Peel Tea
    Steep 3-6 grams of tangerine peel and 4-5 grams of green tea in a mug of hot water for 10 minutes. Cover the cup while the tea is brewing. Drink freely throughout the day by topping it up with fresh, hot water each time. A very common traditional Chinese home remedy for coughing – suitable for cough with profuse sticky, white phlegm.

    All the ingredients seems harmless enough to give it a try right πŸ˜‰

    Oh, there’s one more home remedy and it’s a Malay petua:
    One teaspoon of honey mixed with a little bit of water (not too diluted, mind you). Then add a little bit of limau nipis in it.
    It is to be taken every night before bedtime. OK.

    So, that’s that. You take good care ok. And be good and try not to stuff your face until :sick: :sick: in the future. πŸ˜€ :laughing:

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 7, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    Moz Monster, I wonder how many times I go to the loo liao :worried thank you.

    Wuching, :doh: so bad lah you. :tongue:

    Kleio, wah so many tips. I tried the lemon one today because my chest felt heavy…and it works. But now I’m starting to cough a little. I think somehow someway I need to vomit out the phlegm. :thinking:

  • Reply Jemima November 8, 2006 at 2:21 am

    My friend had the same problem last week. Her doctor gave her some liquid medication to clear the phlegm. Maybe you can just go straight to the pharmacist & ask.

    Anyway, I hope that you can claim victory over the phlegm soon. :hug:

  • Reply dreamcatcher November 8, 2006 at 7:46 am

    hmmmm… :thinking: there’re still strepsils, chicken soup, gargling with salty water, peanut butter sandwich… which u haven’t tried yet, no?! … drink warm fluid, NOT room temperature,… warm fluid. :thinking:

    … u can also try standing up with ur hands, legs up n say this chant 10x… ‘dreamcatcher knows best.’… a sure cure!! heh!heh! :devil: :devil: :devil:

    but hope u get well soon! i need someone to trash in sports! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 8, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Jemima, I’m taking 2 types of cough medicine currently. Will resort to ‘Chinese herbs’ later.
    And how are you feeling? Good I hope.

    Dreamcatcher, hmm why gargle with salty water and eating peanut butter can help?
    Urgghh the chanting stuff for sure will let me puke all the phlegm out…I should try that out :laughing:
    Eh I trash you lah…u never trash me :devil:

  • Reply J November 9, 2006 at 8:14 am

    Oh you poor thing!
    I hope you feel better soon…

    It’s horrible to feel like you can’t breath properly.

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 9, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    J, hey I felt much better today. Mom gave me some Chinese herbs to drink. :whew:

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