This was actually one of the first vaxes to get knocked off the list, when I was trying to decide, as I'd had so many shots, and still got it as an adult. It made me go hmmmm.
Please share with us the:
age/s of those who were affected:
Me, at age 21. Ds, at 17 months
whether or not they'd been vaxed:
Me, 4 vaxes of DTP. Ds, no vaxes.
the severity of the disease, how you treated it:
I was bad, but not horrible. A person from my work had it, first. 1/3 of us in the office came down with "The Never Ending Cough", as Long Island so aptly named it. I was diagnosed with atypical bronchitis. A couple people got bronchitis diagnosis' and one person got diagnosed as plurisey. No one got an official diagnosis of whooping cough.
The doctor mentioned that I could have antibiotics if I wanted, but I kind of waved him off. It's funny to think of it, now.
I remember hacking and hacking and throwing up white gunk, a couple of times. Mostly at night.
My dad mixed brandy, honey and some kind of juice for me, every night for a week, and that helped me sleep. I also did some drinking of alcoholic beverages on my own, although that sent me into major coughing fits. Like a pp said, my ribs just ached from coughing. It was bad at night. I'd cough and cough till something came up. I was running competively still, at that point, and I remember after coughing, I'd feel like I'd just run about ten miles, and had no breath. It was aggravating.
I coughed bad for about a three and a half weeks. The next two months were less, still coughing, but not as bad. It just seemed like the cough dragged on. It got warm that March, early, and I remember being outside, baking in as much sun as I could, that seemed to help too. The summer months of June, July and August of that year seemed to knock it out of me completely, which was good.
At the time, I took 3000mg of C in asorbic acid form, just because I had always taken at least 1000mg of it, from childhood. My mom's answer to any question was always 'take more C'. I didn't have SA, or know about it, but I was taking some form of vitamin C.
I wasn't sick, still functioned, but I remember imagining I had tuberculosis or something like that. I'm a little bit of a hypochondriac.
Ds was only bad at night. I didn't know about SA yet, with him, either. But I was giving him liquid baby C, and that would help him. He'd cough and cough and cough till he threw up. He was up a lot of nights, that first month, and I was exhausted.
My cousin's son got it first. He whooped, when he coughed, and by this time, we were around more alternative doctors. Her grandma told her it was pertussis, and the oldest doctor in the practice verified it. Ds had been exposed, so we just had to wait.
I was six+ months pregnant, in August, when ds got it. It was like 3 weeks after his cousin had it. Ds coughed, literally, 90 days. From August, until right before I had dd, in late October. But like me, the first 3-4 weeks were the worst, and then it was just the nagging cough for the next 8 weeks.
He did much better than I did with it. He never whooped, but the cough is just really unmistakeable. There are bad coughs, and then there's wc. It's just it's own animal.
If he got a cough, in that next year, when he would first start to cough, he'd have that initial sound. I learned from these boards that the reason for this is the cillia in the throat has to grow back. So until it does, to expect a bizarre cough.
what effects the treatment/s had:
vitamin C and brandy seemed to work well for me. At least they helped break up the stuff so I could hack it up.
Liquid baby C helped ds. I do wish I had known about SA, though. I'm sure it would have helped even more.
And I wish I hadn't been so pregnant, and not able to sleep. The tiredness was just unbelievable. I remember laying next to ds, listening to him cough, thinking, this is crazy.
So tell your kids to not get it while you're almost 7 months pregnant, and it will all be fine.