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Saturday, June 13, 2009

What I've learned this week

  • Having pneumonia sucks!!
  • There is something inherently unfair about taking an antibiotic that makes you so nauseated that you hardly eat anything for almost a week - and you don't lose even one ounce.
  • When you go to the doctor with low blood pressure, low oxygen levels, and high heartrate - he gets nervous and runs you through a heap o' tests thinking you have congestive heart failure or are having a heart attack. When all along it's just the damn antibiotic.
  • Going to have labs done when you're a total needlephobe (when I worked in the hospital even typing the words "hyperdermic needle" would make my palms sweat") and having the cute young lab tech start with the words, "I'm a trainee, hope that's okay" is not a good thing.
  • Golden Girls really was a pretty funny show
  • That burning desire I had to have time to sit home and just read a book is gone
  • Sleeping sitting up on the couch gets pretty old
  • Getting a shot in the hip hurts! Oh, they say they'll be gentle, but how gentle can a person be with a 10" needle??
  • When you haven't eaten in four days a McDonald's cheeseburger and fries tastes heavenly
  • When you go to the doctor on Thursday and then back on Friday for a re-check, they really shouldn't need to ask you if you still live at the same address.
  • When your elderly aunt calls to tell you about all her aches and pains and to relate stories you've heard a hundred times, and she asks how you are and you say you have pneumonia, it definitely cuts the conversation short. (By the way, this aunt introduced me recently as the flower girl at her wedding - even though she was married 4 years before I was born)
  • I'm so glad I was never a smoker
  • A "productive" cough is just gross
  • When a medicine "may cause diarrhea or constipation" it basically means you're screwed either way
  • Good health is a fragile and wonderful thing.


Jenni said...

Sorry you're feeling so poorly. I hope the new meds kick in and you are back to yourself soon. The kids miss you!

ba and the boys said...

goo! it is rough getting old!
just keep drinking-that is what they say, right?
and so sad about no weight loss...all that pain and no gain!
get better soon!

namaste said...



ugh! i know it stinks to be sick. and you are sooo right there is nothing like good health.

sorry to hear about the needles and nausea from the antibiotics. happy to hear that you ate some mcdonalds.


Desert Diva said...

I'm so sorry that you're not feeling well - hope that you're "on the mend" real soon.

I had walking pneumonia once in San Diego over Christmas break - it was definitely not fun!

Fleur de Lisa said...

Reading the word "needle" made my palms sweat.

I loved the Golden Girls!

I hope you're starting to feel better. Being that sick is miserable. :-(