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Here we go again...

This post is mostly for my "records." It is easier for me to keep track of things on LJ.

So, health whinge below cut.

My throat felt better on the 29th, and Sprout was back to normal. Then, on Dec. 1st we went to do some grocery shopping. The pollution level was atrocious. The air was so smoke-filled (burning trash...) that it was hard to see the skyline a kilometer away. At one point, I thought I was going to throw up, the fumes were so bad.  The next day, the air was almost as bad and I had to do some errands on foot.  So, no surprise when on the 3rd, I developed a cough.  It seems that whatever I had before crept down into my bronchial tubes and, aided by the pollution, as given me a lovely case of bronchitis, complete with fever and a runny nose.  Sprout has started coughing, too, and I put her to bed tonight with a low fever.

I have been unable to sleep and have gotten a total of about 7 hours the past two nights, 8.5 if you count the nap I was lucky enough to take today.

We are going to buy air purifiers for the house. They may work; they may be a waste of money. If they don't work, I don't know how I'm going to be able to survive 2 years and 10 months more here.  Not if I (and Sprout and what about a newborn?) get sick every two weeks.  People say it is the changing seasons, and it might be, but the pollution does not go away, winter or summer.  Anyhow, that is why I'm posting this:  to help me see if there is a pattern...

I have entries to comment on and emails to reply to, but friends, please bear with me. It ain't going to happen tonight (8:15 p.m. and I'm headed to bed). It might happen tomorrow. Maybe.


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Dec. 5th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I am so worried about your health and your family's health when I think of the two years ahead. I *hope* that rather than being worn down by it, your body can develop resistance to it, but, ughhh, if that can't happen, I hope there's some way you can leave early. I hate to think of all of you damaging your health in a long-term way (though maybe it would not be long-term, even if you do have to stay--maybe as soon as you get someplace with less pollution, you will bounce back).

How long have you been in Egypt now? It took us a year to get over being constantly sick when we moved, en famille, to Japan, and I was sick for much of the 15 months we lived in England--something about new places and new microbes. And, when you have small children, you tend to catch more things. … So **maybe**, on that score, things will improve for you over the next year or so. *fervently hoping*
Dec. 5th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Just take care of yourself! If you can't sleep all in one stretch, try to get more naps in!
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Dec. 6th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Do they sell the little paper masks you can wear over your nose and mouth to filter out the impurities? I see people who are sensitive to pollens and pollution (though it's not nearly so bad here, even in LA) wear them when they walk.

::HUGS:: Hope the air filters help.
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