I don’t think I’m jinxing myself by saying that finally my infernal involuntary cough is gone. It’s been at least a week since I’ve even had occasion to think about it, much less reach for cough drops or cough syrup. Of course I have no way of knowing what my lungs look like at this point, but they’ve got to be improving if there’s no cough and none of that crackling, wheezing “something’s loosening up in there” sound.
The pulmonologist called last Friday to see how things were going and after my good report, told me to reduce my prednisone dose to 40 mg a day. So the taper has begun. She said if the cough came back to jump back up to 50 mg or even 60 again if necessary. But so far it’s been smooth sailing.
I expect that when I see her next Monday, she’ll reduce the dose again. I think she said she’ll step it down by about 20% each time, taking 5 to 6 weeks to finally get off of it, barring any recurrences. I’ll get a detailed schedule when I see her.
Meantime I’ll be hoping the oncologist will be proven wrong in my case and that getting off the last 5-10 mg will not be a problem.