Monday, November 1, 2010

My Pneumonia Story

So, Sunday October 17th I woke up with a sore throat. thought a cold is coming on so bought sore throat lozenges and cold caps. After 5 days, condition doesn't improve and the caps seem to not be working. Feel ill and it's a very different ill.

Saturday I decide to go to a walk-in medical clinic as I'm coughing rather badly.Doc is kind and says you may have a touch of pneumonia, go to hospital for X-rays and blood tests - see us tomorrow.

Returning Sunday, new Doc says he sees an area on lower left lung and prescribes codeine cough syrup and an antibiotic. After several more days I felt calmly ill and wondered if this is what it's like to die peacefully - I'm not exaggerating.

Six more days and I feel much better. Pills worked! Go out to see friends and got so ill, could barely breathe, thought I'd die, seriously. Rushed to our local hospital emergency. What a bunch of angels, the RN's and the physician.

"Have you ever had a breathing tube inserted,Jean?" I freaked inside for Wayne's sake - my biggest fear has been to get really ill or die before he does.

After 2 hours, magically helped by staff, I am ready to go home. Very afraid but the Doc said get right back here if there's any hint of trouble. Appreciated that.

The KICKER was that the 2nd walk-in Doc prescribed one antibiotic per day and it should have been two according the the emerg Doc. I also visited my own Doc and he had a locum on who gave me another Rx for 1 pill a day. So, I guess over the 6 days, the bacteria got hold and wouldn't let go!

Tonight I'm still coughing but it's manageable and I'm no longer afraid for my life.


Dolores said...

It's 1:15 am....we're having a huge thunderstorm...I'm glad I got up and read your post....when I go back to bed I'll be praying for you.
Bless your heart, you've really had a rough time of it, but I'm glad the last doctor prescribed the correct amount of meds...too bad the first one messed up.

I know exactly what you mean about having to take care of ourselves for our sweet husbands. That's my big fear....getting really sick and not being able to take care of David.

I hope you rest well and recover soon.

Granny Annie said...

We struggle with various illnesses and bad information or prescriptions only leads the medical professionals to say "Uh Oh". Glad you are better despite the mismanagement of your illness.

patty said...

thank goodness you are better. i thought you were just taking a few days off from blogging. if only doctors would listen to their patients instead of being so fast to get us out of the office

KGMom said...

Oh Jean--this is a very worrisome story. I can quite understand your fear. Of course, you have been drawing on resources to help sustain Wayne.
It is not your fault, at all, but it does underscore how you need to care for yourself.
Thinking of you. Very glad you have a helpful family.
May your continue to recover and regain good health.

Ruth said...

Take care of yourself and watch that you do not overdo things for a few weeks.

Wendy said...

Hi Jean,
I quite under your feelings, well your panic, rather. I know it well. I'm glad things are under control, but it does give one a turn, doesn't it?

That was my fear too. That I would somehow die before David (even though I am younger and in better health, but you never know). Obviously,it didn't happen, thank God. And now he protects me from afar.
God bless, Jean

Mevely317 said...

You must have been so frightened, Jean .... and that's OK, you know.
Thank God for the prompt, positive healing you've received, and bless your sis and BIL.
I've no doubt, your and Wayne's next "reunion" will be priceless!

kenju said...

So glad to know that you're on the mend. Next time, go to the regular doc instead of the walk-in kind.

Trish said...

So sorry that you've had to endure this! Praying for your full recovery. Miss you SO much!
Hugs, Trish

Wendy said...

Me again - just checking in to see how you are doing. I hope you are healing.
Love and blessings

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What a horrible experience for you to endure without W around to help you through it. You've had to do so much on your own, and still give so lovingly to his care.
Hope you're getting stronger each day. God has plans for you!

karen said...

I am so glad your better. That must of been very scary. I worry about getting to sick to care for mom and I know we would have to take her to a home. It sucks to have to worry about that when your sick. Take care and feel better.