Last Friday, I was more or less fine until I stood up around 8pm. Body aches, fever, headache, chills, all the flu- y nonsense appeared with a bang. I spent most of the weekend griping that my last three-day weekend until MAY was passing me by. On Monday, I started to feel better. The aches stopped, the fever stayed away for a longer interval, and my cough sounded drier. This morning though, I still had the fever so I called out.
After the doc listened to my lungs, I tried explaining the burbling noise that came out my chest at random intervals, but of course not then, not around medically-trained witnesses. I coughed and it sounded dry. I sighed. It’s good to feel better, but I needed my symptoms right then. I worried she thought I was malingering and was thinking of a way to adequately describe the way I’d started huffing and puffing and couldn’t breathe on my walk there, but she said:
“Your lungs don’t sound right; there’s no WHOOSH when you inhale. Also, your blood oxygen levels are significantly low, so we’re going to take an X-ray of your chest.”
Or something like that. I’m not a doctor.
The chest X-ray showed some worrisome patches that are developing into pneumonia. So she’s not treating me for the bronchitis I have, she’s treating me for the pneumonia I’m just this side of having.
Friday. I can’t go back to work until Friday.
The book-a-holic in me is shouting HOORAY, READING TIME, because I really can’t do anything else. But I actually feel too sick/tired to read much. Could this be a good time to try Audiobooks? I’ve learned over the last four days that no matter how crummy I feel, I can’t sleep more than a few hours at a time during the day. So…
Does anyone have suggestions for good books while recuperating? Just about any book can be ordered (and instantly delivered!) on a Kindle or through Audible.
And don’t worry, most of my time will be spent asleep, but I do need to be awake sometimes in order to drink fluids, eat bland things, and take a bunch of pills. The doc already put the fear of getting sicker into me—she said I need to take my condition seriously because if it gets worse, I’ll be in the hospital. Yikes!