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It has been so long I had cough. I never liked the cough syrup given by the doctor and tried to avoid at all cost on taking it. So when I know my cough is just starting, I will tell the doctor that I had no cough. Normally, while recovering from my other sickness (sorethroat, flu, headache, etc) my cough will go away with plenty of water. This time I am not that lucky as cough was the main symptom of my sickness.

It is now 2.00am. I went to bed at 11.30pm. I could not sleep.

It all started about a week ago (Wednesday). I had sorethroat and cough. Went to see the doc and took his medicine diligently. I had medical leave on Wednesday and had Thursday to rest too because it was a public holiday. Went back to work on Friday not fully recovered. As the office was cold (even when I had my jacket on), my cough got worse. Went to see the doctor again on Saturday and had three days to rest. For two nights I could not sleep much as I was mainly coughing my lungs out at night (till one point I vomited). Nevertheless I got a little better, enough for me to go back to work today (have not want to get fired…haha). That morning when I woke up from my measly few hours of sleep, whaddaya know, I woke up with a red eye (not extremely red but had the symptoms of conjunctivitis). I went to work anyway. My cough medication finished the day before (after 6days).

Tonight, I was coughing rather badly and while lying on the bed trying to get some shut eye, my red eye symptoms got worse. Fluid and shit was flowing out of the eye every few seconds. My vision on my left red eye blurred out. My cough did not seem to help me get my shut eye. And hence, here I am…getting frustrated and wondering when will all these end. I have tried doctors’ medication + gargling with salt water and Listerine + dosage of Pei Pa Ko + drinking herbal drink + drinking honey + drinking ginger water..nothing works. I can’t be getting no sleep at night and go to work in the morning. I can’t take medical leave everyday or I may just get fired. WTH!!! Sigh…

So now I am trying to get myself very tired and try to get some sleep on the sofa. Hope I can get at least a few hours of sleep tonight…wish me luck.
6 Responses
  1. Jaded Jeremy Says:

    Get some suppressant for your cough from a pharmacist. As for your eyes, you probably need to see doctor again. A different one perhaps? Hope you get well soon lah.

  2. Anonymous Says:


    I would not go for the suppressant without discussion with doctor or pharmacist of the symptoms first. If dry cough should be fine but if phlegm-y cough suppressing could be harmful because your body is trying to get stuff out via cough.

    Red eye better see doctor's very contagious so beware spreading it to others.

    I had similar cough issues in winter last year and this year. Last year I got prescribed sleeping pills to help me sleep.


  3. Jaded Jeremy Says:


    When I was in Singapore, I was prescribed by the doctor the suppresant type, otherwise cannot sleep. At the same time, I was also prescribed something else to get rid of the phlegm from the lung.

    The key point is NOT to take expectorant cough syrup when going to bed because that would aggravate the coughing (as it helps to expell phlegm).

    My pharmacist friend also advised against using expectorant when about to sleep and instead recommended suppresant.

    Hence, I've suggested to Lyssa to take the expectorant during the day time and the suppressant just before bed.

  4. Elyssa Says:

    Whaddaya know....Jeremy was correct! (well for now. I got to see how it helps me). I went to another doctor today. The same doctor who I visited after I had the trauma from my accident. He suspects that my so called "sinus headache" played a part into why I am feeling so sick. Anyway, he recommended the suppresent medication (but mine in tablet form). Lets hope it works tonight!

  5. Jaded Jeremy Says:

    I hope the doctor also prescribed something to deal with the phlegm.

  6. Elyssa Says:


    Of course :). Last night for the first 4hours of my sleep, I still had some coughing our of phlegm. Then I had the next 4hours straight of sleep without waking up once coughing :P. YES! I had some sleep. However, after awhile of waking up in the morning, I started coughing out phlegm.

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