So I wake up yesterday afternoon and feel like crap. Eh, I go to work anyway. I don’t deal with that many people and the ones I do deal with I can warn to stay away lest they get whatever it was I had.

Work is going along swimmingly until around midnight when I find that I cannot continue to work without blasting the AC in the office.

Now, we were under a snow advisory last night here in Seattle (/sarcasm/ and what a frightful venture that was, let me tell you /sarcasm/) so you can imagine the looks on people’s faces when they walk into my area and it is a right 45 degrees and windy in there!

At around 0530, I get home and attempt to go to sleep only to find that no position past 100% vertical allows me to breath. Crap!

Off to the physician’s office I go to wait as one of those without an appointment. An hour later and I’m being told to breath heavy, suck on this here nebulizer and keep spitting up as much of that crap as you can until we can get you in for a chest x-ray.

X-ray done and pneumonia was the case that they gave me, along with a half a dozen prescriptions. Let’s see: two different types of vapor inhalers, some weird steroid liquid, a large bottle of antibiotics, a weird sort of powder shooter inhaler type thing, and, my personal favorite, liquid vicadin with codine.

I have called my work and given them the bad news that I’ll be home for at least the next three days trying not to drown in my own bodily fluids and to not expect me in until maybe Friday, possibly Monday.

I just wish I could enjoy this new found time off, but this shit hurts! I’ve coughed so much that my kidney panels are sore, not to mention that I can’t get an appetite up to eat anything.

But hey, at least you’ll have me here! And you never know what will happen when all of these prescriptions interact!

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4 Responses to Nu-nu-pneumonia

  1. David says:

    Wow, that sucks. A buddy of mine was laid up for a week with “walking pneumonia” (sounds like what you’ve got).

    Not eating should help with any weight gain from quitting cigs. And just think how much more misery you’d be in trying to smoke in this condition!

    Hang in there and get well soon.

  2. freddyboomboom says:

    I had walking pneumonia a few years ago.

    It took me a week before I figured I was sick enough to go to the doctor.

    Then another week of trying an antibiotic.

    Then another week of trying a stronger antibiotic.

    A fourth week of feeling like death warmed over, and it was all over except for a lingering cough.

    Now whenever I have a cold or the flu, after I’m over it, the cough lingers on for a few weeks.

    You’ll get better. It sucks while you’re in it, but you’ll get better.

  3. Rivrdog says:

    You’ve got the walking pneumonia or is it the boogey woogey flu?

    Careful, man, that shit can kill you. You may have to get the doc to prescribe oxygen, which will give you good relief AND it will help to dry up the lake in your lungs. If he prescribes it, just have one of the home-medical outfits deliver it, don’t try to rassle that tank yourself. Dono if you qualify for a concentrator machine, they’re pretty spendy and usually just go to the invalids who have COPD and need it for the rest of their lives.

  4. MikeG says:

    First hand experience: Once you start feeling better, you feel so much better than you do now, that you go back to work too soon, and then over exert yourself, followed by a relapse to worse than you are now.

    Take care of yourself!

    Mr. C & Keewee

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