I picked up the office cold bug and couldn't persuade it to leave so two weeks on I decided enough was enough and managed to see a GP this morning.
After some questioning by the GP and him listening to my chest, and a very dramatic demonstration of my coughing and wheezing on my part, he pronounced that I had had a chest infection but I'd managed to fight it off. What he then said, however, was a complete surprise to me.
Because I've been coughing for so long, the linings of my lungs have become irritated and slightly damaged.
Now, I've heard of irritable bowel but never irritated lungs.
I have some really awful codeine based cough mixture to take and if the cough and breathlessness haven't resolved by 2nd November I'm to get back to see a GP after which further tests will be done. The GP today was, however, confident that this should resolve.
So, my lungs have got cross (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!).
Remember folks, you heard the phrase "irritated lungs" here first ...