Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Illness and Clarity

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Charles De Groux001

There is nothing like illness that gives you the sharpest of reality checks.  Today, I had a really difficult time breathing.  I didn't think my asthma so severe since the last time I had an attack was about a year ago.  Last week, I had the flu- coughing, runny/ stuffy nose, three days of fever, congestion and wheezing.  Well, here I am 10 days later and I still have some chills, aches but the wheezing is worse than ever.  I go to the urgicenter and then a whirlwind of activity commence when the doctor reads my SpO2 levels (94% oxygen) and hears the struggle for air in my lungs accompanied by the loud whistling when exhaling.  Four nebulizer treatments later with a strong dose of prednisone and chest x-rays, it is determined that it's not pneumonia.  Whew!  Dodge that bullet.  However, I'm still wheezing just not as bad.  I got to go home and relax.  But let me tell you, if it gets worse, I'm going to the hospital and skipping the urgicenter altogether.  I am quite frankly scared about lungs for the first time in 5 years.

17 comments:

  1. Hi, Shaharizan! I'm sorry to hear about your struggle with asthma. I do hope you are feeling better tonight. I'm visiting you as a fellow IWSG member today. I'll look forward to your IWSG post next month. Take care!

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    1. Thank you. I entered the group after I already posted this. I will be vigilant and post my writing struggles next month. Thanks again.

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  2. Hi, so sorry to hear about your breathing troubles. I hope you will get well soon. Visiting your blog as a IWSG co-host.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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    1. Thanks. I joined after the post. I promise to write about my writing struggles next month. :)

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  3. O2 saturation reading of 94% is acceptable --for me anyway. When I use techniques for calming panic attacks, it returns to the high 90s. Shaharizan, I worked around friable asbestos for years, and I smoked, and, yes, I have been diagnosed with asthma and copd. I keep a reserve course of antibiotics and prednisone in our medicine cabinet --not used yet. Haven't had to call for an O2 concentrator this winter. Progress. What I mainly had to learn was the difference between respiratory distress and panic-attacks. Found a good hypnotherapist. This has been my easiest winter in several years. Best of luck to you in solving your own respiratory mystery.

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    1. P.s. I'm now 68 years old and still on my feet.

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