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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Author: Terri

My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

18 thoughts on “I’ll be right back

  1. Oh my! I hope you feel better soon and get back into your routine. This has been a terrible cold and flu season. I can relate as someone in my household has been sick since November. It just gets passed between the 5 of us or someone brings in some new cold or blahness. Take time to get yourself better – your blogging community will be here when you return!

  2. Thank you so much. My step sister had walking pneumonia once. I just got back from my check up and I mentioned I did a little mopping yesterday to my dr. and shouldn’t have, lol. She was not happy with me as she’s trying to keep me from getting worse and breathing hard. Oh well, guess it’s bed for me a little longer. At least my oxygen level went up a point :).

  3. I do NOT envy you one bit. When I get a cold/sickness I am the same way – it just lingers on and on. At one point throughout it, I had this thing called “walking pneumonia” which apparently is a less severe version of it, and “you dont’ know you had it” well, I was super sick man, and couldn’t get over it.

    Crossing my fingers you get well soon. Drink loads of fluids, and rest rest rest!!! 🙂

  4. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been very ill for over 5 weeks. That is such a long time and losing your neighbor to pneumonia is so sad. I hope you get stronger each day. Praying for you.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. Rest. That’s all you can do right now. More so, get better. Dead people can’t blog, honey. So rest. Last year, I had pneumonia 2x within 4 months so I know what you mean. The best think you can do is take care of you. We’ll be here when you get back. Get well. XOXO

  6. Thanks everyone, I started 3 new meds yesterday and I’ve been up more today than I have in the past 5 1/2 weeks. I’m hopeful :). I even felt like mopping and repotting some plants & herbs (I’ve been using the most awesome organic potting soil that I bought on Amazon and I highly recommend it). Go me, lol.

  7. I am so sorry for the loss of your neighbor! I bet your kindness the last day meant the world to her. I would be scared of the hospital as well its never any fun. Take care of yourself and take it easy getting back to normal life so you don’t over do it.

  8. You’re kind of freaking me out right now because I’ve been sick for about two months too. Same thing, cold, then bronchitis, etc. I hope you are able to stay out of the hospital! I’m terrified of my local hospital after a bad experience, so I know the feeling. Just take it easy, stay hydrated and keep those O2 levels up. Feel better fast!

  9. Whoa! I sincerely hope you feel better, and my sympathies about your neighbor. It sounds like she had you for a caring friend right up until the end, but it is sad she didn’t make it to the doctor in time. Give yourself plenty of time to rest up and eat healthy, and stay in touch with your doctor!

  10. Oh my, five weeks is a long time- I certainly hope you will be feeling better soon! I can’t imagine keeping up with my blog during a time of that prolonged sickness. I have a hard enough time keeping up with it when I am healthy and well! Hoping your recovery is quick and smooth!

  11. Oh no. I hope you feel better quickly. I couldn’t imagine being sick for 5 weeks. I am so sorry about your neighbour. I can’t believe that! Sending lots of we’ll wishes and hugs your way! Take all the time you need!

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