Sunday, November 2, 2008

Coughing, and Coughing and Coughing

Bronchitis means that the tubes that carry air to the lungs (the bronchial tubes) are inflamed and irritated. When this happens, the tubes swell and produce mucus. This makes you cough. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough that is dry and hacking at first. After a few days, the cough may bring up mucus. You may have a low fever and feel tired.

Most people can treat symptoms of acute bronchitis at home. Drink plenty of fluids. Use an over-the-counter cough medicine with an expectorant if your doctor recommends it. This can help you bring up mucus when you cough. Suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a dry or sore throat. Cough drops won't stop your cough, but they may make your throat feel better.

Acute bronchitis symptoms usually start 3 or 4 days after an upper respiratory tract infection. Most people get better in 2 to 3 weeks. But some people continue to have a cough for more than 4 weeks.
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I have bronchitis at least once a year; I promise I do not wish for it, and I definitely cannot plan it. Coughing non-stop is not fun, coughing for weeks is definitely no fun.

I said all of that to say, the people in Las Vegas have my sympathies because their shows were cancelled. We have all had our shows cancelled at one time or another. I have on three different occasions. It happens. Barry is human - humans get sick.

Do you get disappointed? Of course you do.

We purchase car insurance just in case we have an accident. When you make plans to see a show in Las Vegas, not just Barry - but anyone, you should make contingency plans. There are a lot of shows and other things to do.

Let's face it people, Barry is NOT the only entertainer to cancel a show because again, he is human, and the other entertainers are also human and they GET SICK TOO! Celine cancelled weeks at a time, Toni Braxton called the rest of her stint, Cher just cancelled her shows for the rest of the year.

On the board, the comment was made that going to see Barry was like playing the lottery. Well, life is a lottery. We take chances everyday when we wake up, when we walk out our front door, when we start our cars, and when we walk into our workplace. Anything can happen at any time.

I know it is disappointing, but the main issue here is, Barry needs to take care of himself. He does have more Vegas shows coming up, some television appearances, the UK trip, and the Bash. I am sure he is looking at the BIG picture and thinking that he needs to take care of himself now, so he does not have to cancel any of those events.

Get well Barry, I know your chest is probably killing you from the coughing about now, but you'll get through it and your TRUE fans will welcome you with open arms when you hit the stage again.

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