Condensed version: Grandmom had a fall on 12/31 ~ but had no congestion/cough issues until 01/03. She does clear her throat from time to time but it seemed to be more pronounced. Doctor ordered a chest xray - RUL had the start of an infection (opacities/likely start of infection ~ per radiologist report). Zpack was given along with a nasal spray (starts with an I ~ really long word I can’t spell). Middle of the month ~ still seemed ‘off’ (though not as bad as it was prior). Doctor ordered a second round of Zpack but also ordered Mucinex (and suggested I keep Robutussin DM on hand as a backup). Doc prescribed the second round because grandmom did improve from a few weeks ago. Second xray was done last week ~ and it’s all clear. Doctor has no answer about why the cough is still lingering. Seemed to think it may have to run its course. No changes in eating or drinking ~ same activity levels as usual ~ no pain (other than the bad shoulder, nothing new) ~ no fever. I do have home care coming to the house (wanted them to do a home evaluation, looking into getting some modifications - grab bars, etc). They are just as stumped about the cough as I (and the rest of us are) am. In the past (long while ago) she was diagnosed with a touch of GERD but it never bothered her. Tempted to buy Zantac to see if it makes a difference. I do have the head of her (hospital) bed raised a bit more as a precaution. She does have heart issues but everything is stable ~ EKG, etc is ok.
It feels like I’m missing a piece of the puzzle, I’m confused.
I remember as a child that I was diagnosed with GERD ~ part of the treatment included no food/drink two hours before bedtime. <— wondering if that’s the missing piece?
Sorry about the “rant” but I’m feeling confused.