Well, I would most definitely NOT take asthma over the itching. The itching has subsided quite a bit, although my joints are still very itchy (knees, knuckles). I simply stopped taking the steroid AND the antibiotic since I am not sure which one caused the reaction. I still bust out into coughing fits out of absolutely nowhere. Once they start, I just sit on the toilet because I know I'm gonna be peeing anyways. The headaches that come after coughing to long are simply unbearable. One of the things the doctor said was sto stop drinking caffeine. This afternoon I had my first pop. My head has not hurt as much since I had that pop. I smoked 3 cigarettes today (didn't really inhale; mostly for the habit) and I did try the lozenges. They taste like a mouthful of pennies. Geh. By this evening, I was ready to take Suz's advice and just head back to the ER. I was sitting here, bawling. I had just walked up the stairs and could not breathe. Pixie was crying because the kids in the neighborhood were being rotton. I thought how the heck am I gonna take care of my kid and I can't even walk a flight of stairs. Called mom. She talked me down out of my crisis. I think I will be okay tonight. I pretty much need to be. I really am out of people who will watch this kid. I'm calling the hospital tomorrow and trying to get an appointment with a pulminologist. Thanks for letting me vent. Well, whine.