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PostSubject: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:28 am

First I'd like to appologize if this is the wrong spot for this thread, didn't know what to catagorize it as.


For the past 5+ days I've been fighting a upper respiratory infection (lot of my coworkers have strep right now, but I don't think that what I have is as bad as all that) so I haven't been smoking at all (with the exception of an occasional newport to open up my bronci & help me cough). After reading Kyle's post regarding the correlation between tobacco quality & dottle quantity, I really began to crave a bowl of Anniversary Kake, so against my better judgement, I packed a rather skimpy bowl & very quickly decided that was a very poor idea. I couldn't taste ANYTHING, with the exception of a tiny hint of the sweetness of the virginia against the tip of my tongue. I smoked the whole bowl, but it was such a dissapointing gesture. Not being able to smell/taste the smoke really killed it for me, & considering I don't smoke the pipe for the nicotine, it was nearly pointless. I say nearly because the ritual of brewing my customary pot of tea, & packing my bowl & sitting outside for half an hour was very relaxing & after having a rather dismal week at work, it was exactly what I needed.

Have any of you guys been afflicted with a respiratory infection lately, & if so, how long did it take you to get the sense of taste/smell back? I just received a box full of some lovely blends I have yet to try, so I am very anxious to get my sniffer back & get smoking.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:50 am

A week to beat the infection,,,a week or so after that for taste/smell to return

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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:58 am

Yup...about a week. Some bourbon with lots of honey stirred in helps !
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:36 pm

Unfortunately, due to the nature of my work, & the country I am working in, I can't get the bourbon. But I am drinking a lot of tea with honey & lemon, so that helps.

Well, another week then until my sniffer works well enough to appreciate good tobacco, not the end of the world, but does seem like a long time right now.

Amazing how much you miss the simple pleasures once they are gone!
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:36 pm

"Kyle made me do it!" ...I haven't heard that one in a while; at least I didn't head to the Principal's Office this time. Razz

I was sick very recently, and like you, Stack, was yearning for some smoky peace and respite from the pain and nastiness from a head cold (that then turned into an upper respiratory infection...)--bad idea. Everything tasted horrid, and I even thought it would be a good idea to try a new tobacco. Bleh!

Stick with your tea, though, a spot of strong Bo Nay or Oolong usually goes a LONG way...mint tea doesn't hurt either, in the evening. Let nature take its course, you'll be back to the ritual in no time. Get better! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:42 pm

I had a very nice oolong this evening, really cleared me up for a bit.

Lol, I wish blaming you for a little alcoholic respite would be enough to get me off the hook, but alas, its actually illegal to drink here....

Ahh...just 29 more days until I am back in the good ole' U.S. Can't wait.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:53 pm

Stackle2 wrote:
I had a very nice oolong this evening, really cleared me up for a bit.

Lol, I wish blaming you for a little alcoholic respite would be enough to get me off the hook, but alas, its actually illegal to drink here....

Ahh...just 29 more days until I am back in the good ole' U.S. Can't wait.

...not that I'd push you to drink or anything... Razz drunken ...well then, get home AND get better soon!
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:00 pm

Ah, you don't have to push me kyle, I miss my booze dearly.

Have had the wife stock up on my favorites since I've been gone: Balvenie, Blantons, Laphroig, & all 4 types of patron. Might have to add a little fonsecca 29, then I'll be ready to sit on the back porch with the dogs, a stout blend, & just relax & let the stress of the last 12 months of being away just seep right out of my bones.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:13 pm

Stackle2 wrote:
Ah, you don't have to push me kyle, I miss my booze dearly.

Have had the wife stock up on my favorites since I've been gone: Balvenie, Blantons, Laphroig, & all 4 types of patron. Might have to add a little fonsecca 29, then I'll be ready to sit on the back porch with the dogs, a stout blend, & just relax & let the stress of the last 12 months of being away just seep right out of my bones.

*raises glass* I've always said, "Scotch is the most patient, loyal and honest friend a man can have. It changes little, always waits for you, and when you've been hanging out too much, he'll tell you to leave." Smile Gotta love it. Cool

Sounds like you've earned a looooong break, sir! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:50 pm

I found it best usually to not try for a week or more. Sometimes it takes a month before things start tasting good again. Even coffee.

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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:14 pm

I am never ill as I am immortal.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:20 pm

alfredo_buscatti wrote:
I am never ill as I am immortal.

Thank goodness. Please send this message to the future:

"I hate you, future, because I can't fly in a starship as we are now. Sincerely, Kyle."
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:35 pm

I had a slight cold almost a fortnight ago, and now have a sore throat - only mild, but hard to shake off. I suppose I ought to stop smoking my pipes to give it a chance to clear up - I did for a couple of days, but it made no noticeable difference, so I started again. My taste isn't affected.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:38 pm

If it be your wish to fly in a starship, and of course, first achieve immortality, there are two avenues open to you.

The first is to become a fiendish bloodsucker of the first order; journey to New Orleans and secure an interview with Anne Rice. She seems to know a great deal about such matters. Your second avenue is to meditate yourself off the planet. Find a raja yogi, sit at his feet and when the time comes, kiss them. It is only by the tenacity of our thought, amplified by the energy of meditation, that we echo into the universe our deepest desires.

Once you are immortal, and I'd suggest the second avenue as as a vampire your life would not be long traveling by starship, bodies accreting in the hallways, the universe is open to you.

Boogie on!


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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:27 pm

I had the respritory infection as well, for almost 2 months!

I think since Im a pipe maker and had no choice but to make a few pipes these past few months just to be able to pay a few bills and get some medicine, so the dust really took a toll on any kind of recovery that was quick.

I just now started to cough up stuff. It isnt gone, but atleast I see that it could be gone in a few weeks or so, hopefully!!

I didnt smoke but maybe a few times during these past few months. There was no point I couldnt taste anything.

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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:55 pm

Theraflu!!

I swear by the stuff. I make my living playing trumpet so when upper respiritory crap hits I use it. Clears me up and I can play just fine. I live in one of the most polluted cities on earth so I'm no stranger to the sniffles. The sense of taste and smell will come back but never as soon as you'd like. If you can abstain meantime you'll be better for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:57 pm

My favorite "I'm Stuffy" tea is (for 32oz pot) 2 teaspoons of Rooibos, 1/2 teaspoon each of skullcaps(may cause drowsiness), eucalyptus, mullein, and if time for sleep a teaspoon of Camomile. Use boiling water, while it's brewing inhale the steam, it'll open you up pretty good.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:57 pm

I had something this past week. It took me about nine days and I still feel a little off. I've only smoked a couple bowls the past couple weeks. I hope you feel better soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:18 pm

I would go one to two weeks or more if needed, smoking sooner could cause an URI to relapse and come back stronger or even with a deeper ear and Lower RI.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:08 pm

Nasal Snuff! Actually, i think thats for sinus infections.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:13 am


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I would go one to two weeks or more if needed, smoking sooner could cause an URI to relapse and come back stronger or even with a deeper ear and Lower RI.

There are several ways to look at this.

First, is this limited to your head, or has it moved to your chest? Are you strictly a pipe smoker and if so, do you ever inhale? If the secretions are difficult to move, drink water until you are sick of it. I ask about the inhalation, because tobacco smoke paralyzes the ciliary escalator mechanism. Sometimes heavy smokers feel worse when they back off from smoking because the cilia become active again. Then you start hacking up some pretty foul stuff. Generally, these are cigarette smokers, pipe smokers fare much better. Another question is, what color is it and does it have a foul odor? Green, purple, and bloody/brown can be a good indicator to see the doctor. Most of us can fight off infections, but with something tenacious, take the easy way out and just go to the doctor. A gentle reminder, just because you might have some antibiotics on hand, try not to cave in to the temptation to use them. Antibiotics are species specific and also kill native fauna that are similar enough to the targeted organism. It's best to use the correct weapon. If all goes well, as stated in other posts, a week or two or more for your sense of taste to return. If it's in your chest, if you can resist smoking that is likely your best choice. If the infection gets worse, we have ways to help you...

Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:17 am

Zombie, actually been thinking of getting a snuff grinder & making some nasal snuff. Only problem is that most of the snuff grinders are actually designed as 'herb grinders', & don't really care to associate my credit card with head shops. Think I am going to order one from a culinary supply shop, get some bergamot oil, some menthol crystals, & make up a little batch of something that will clear me right up.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:22 am

Lesath wrote:
Sometimes heavy smokers feel worse when they back off from smoking because the cilia become active again. Then you start hacking up some pretty foul stuff. Generally, these are cigarette smokers, pipe smokers fare much better. Another question is, what color is it and does it have a foul odor? Green, purple, and bloody/brown can be a good indicator to see the doctor. Most of us can fight off infections, but with something tenacious, take the easy way out and just go to the doctor. A gentle reminder, just because you might have some antibiotics on hand, try not to cave in to the temptation to use them. Antibiotics are species specific and also kill native fauna that are similar enough to the targeted organism. It's best to use the correct weapon. If all goes well, as stated in other posts, a week or two or more for your sense of taste to return. If it's in your chest, if you can resist smoking that is likely your best choice. If the infection gets worse, we have ways to help you...

Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Lesath, I smoke both pipe & cigarettes, although I have successfully cut back on the sticks to an almost non existant level. Probably why this URI is kicking my ass so bad though. I have a habit of overhydrating anyway, so that makes breathing a bit easier. Regarding the antibiotics, unfortunately, where I work is in one of the malaria hotzones of southeast asia, so we take broad spectrum antibiotics as a prophylactic measure, so I imagine that whatever I have probably wouldn't respond to a Zpack anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:31 am

im a fan of nasal snuff, i have a few tins of ozona spearmint, that WILL clear your sinuses. Add that to the antiseptic properties of snuff, it has helped me before.
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PostSubject: Re: Smoking with a Upper Respiratory Infection   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:43 am

That makes it tough on you, but the situation is what it is. One thing to consider is that the Z-pac is a heavy dose of Macrolides, which likely are not in the broad spectrum prophylactic dose you are on. If you have any connections in the medical field, see if they can acquire what is called an Accapella for you. By breathing through it, it helps vibrate the secretions and help you work them up. The good thing is it's portable and requires no gas connections. I think it's time to log onto Ovid and do a little research on your part of the world.
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