Yeah, I'm down with the sickness. A chest cold, to be precise.
I've had bronchitis once a year pretty much my whole life. It sets in around late November, and keeps me chunking up lung until about mid-March.
A couple years ago, a doc diagnosed me with asthma, and asked if I got bronchitis a lot. "No, not much. Once a year, roughly. For about four months. My rugby mates always got a kick out of me coughing up blood after doing Henny Meullers. (800m intervals on the rugby pitch).
The doc said I had mild asthma, and said, "Let me guess. Starts with a cold, you get post nasal drip, you get a sore throat, the cold moves to your chest, you cough a lot, then one day you wake up and you are coughing green, and medicine doesn't help. The cough is worse in cold weather, and when you exercise."
I stopped my mouth for a change, and let it fall open. How did he know?
Other docs had thought that I had a viral bronchitis, some had treated me for a bacterial bronchitis, it didn't matter. It was always hard to kick.
This doc summed it up. "You have asthmatic bronchitis. It's not uncommon. The trick is to keep from getting bronchitis. You do this by treating the asthma and the cold. Use this Advair inhaler once or twice a day. Use this bronchio-dialator before exercising, especially in the cold, or if its dusty. If you start getting a cold, irrigate your nose a couple times a day with regular saline solution nasal spray, it'll keep the nasal problems from irritating your throat, because if that gets irritated, you will cough, it will get raw, and then you will get the infection."
Sure enough, that fixed it. I haven't had bronchitis for two years now, and the exercise-induced major coughing fits... well, they are better. On high allergen days, when it's cold out, it can get rough. The Coppis enjoyed my display during one Wednesday hill ride. I coughed out a small cat, basically, and was wheezing loud enough to qualify as a woodwind instrument in the local orchestra. Some even said it rivalled one of Giacomo's famous coughing and choking fits, but we all know that's not true.
So right now, I have one of my two winter colds. I actually like getting a cold in early October, because it means I will probably be cold-free until sometime around February. I can live with it. So it's lighter duty training than usual, hitting the Advair once a day, trying to remember to take the bronchio-dialator before riding, and (the best part) squirting that God-awful saline solution up my nose, where it drips into my throat. Mmmm, yummy. It's like getting barf after effects, without getting the pre-barf drinking. But at least it keeps me relatively healthy.
So this all sucks, but dealing with the cold and asthma and bronchitis pre-emptively sure beats getting it, then trying various medicines, all of which fail. And it sure as sh1t beats coughing up blood every time I go for a run or a ride.
Yeah, I'm down with the sickness.
Any of you got any medical miracles / disasters you have to overcome in order to ride, or to do your own thing? Let's hear about it in comments if you do.