Health & Wellness

I’ll be right back

I’ve been sick for over 5 weeks now. It started out with a cold, then the flu, bronchitis and everything in between and I inevitably ended up with pneumonia. I woke up this morning and I felt like something was different. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was exactly, I just knew I needed to get to my doctors office pretty quickly. After my exam and feeling excited that my oxygen level was pretty good, I then headed to the hospital to get a chest xray. Unfortunately, my xray results were not good. It’s a good thing I rely on my own intuition. I’m doing everything I can to stay out of the hospital and I know that hospital admission is a fear because as some of you know, my papa passed away from pneumonia while in the hospital. Of course they did everything they could for him but he had many other health issues and it became obvious that it was his time, God needed him. However, as great of care as papa received, I am left with a fear of being admitted.

On the other hand, my neighbor caught pneumonia about the same time I began spending more and more time in my bed, with my own illness to battle, back in December, a week and a half before Christmas {it was the first Christmas that I didn’t have the family over, I didn’t cook (couldn’t if I had tried) and I scarcely left my bed. When I am well, I’m going to cook up a belated Christmas feast}. After taking my neighbor soups and other supplies I thought she might need while she was ill, I went home and back to bed and she passed away about 4 hours later, according to the coroners report, in bed, at home. I had asked the landlord to check on her the following day because I was going to be at the hospital most of the day and it was with much regret that while I was at the hospital, I learned she had passed the previous evening {she had taken to her bed x 2 days and refused to go see her doctor wanting to wait one more day, but it was a day too late}. I was and still am devastated about it. So, being at home instead of under constant medical observation, is concerning to me too {I do have someone coming in twice a day to check on me; I’ve seen too many over the course of my nursing career pass away from pneumonia so I’m not taking it lightly at all}. In fact, there have been many nights when I have been fearful of going to sleep and not waking up {instead I watched TV all night and read}, but as fearful as I am, I’d rather be home than anywhere. For now I’ll be going for check-up/tests every other day and I’m doing everything I’ve been told to try to keep from getting worse {my biggest fear is of spiking a high fever and getting short of breath. I know how quickly these symptoms can get out of hand}.

I’ve tried to keep this site going to some extent over the course of the last weeks, despite my health issues, but I can’t continue to do so at the moment. I will come back with a bang and share some awesome content as soon as I can. Please hold off all emails until I’m back as I get so overwhelmed with them when I don’t check my email daily, enough so that a lot of important emails get overlooked.

Prayers and virtual hugs appreciated.

Peace, love and happiness. ☮ ❤ ☺

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