Tuesday, February 19, 2008

now I have pneumonia

I may as well call this "My Sick Blog".  

Let me tell you what is going on.  And yes, I know I shouldn't be on here, I should be in bed, but I wanted to get on for a few minutes while I felt okay and mention what is going on. 

Last night in the middle of the night I went to the Emergency Room (yet again).

It's because I could barely breathe.  The doctor ordered a nebulizer treatment (albuterol) which lasted about 10 minutes, to get me breathing again.  Then I was taken to x-ray.

Turns out I have Pneumonia.  Dr. Feese told the nurse to give me another "breathing treatment".  Then he told me I was going to have to take double strength Zpac (zithromax) for awhile when I returned home.

The doctor wanted to admit me into the hospital, but told me there weren't any beds left.  So he reluctently sent me home with the Zpac and told me to drink lots of fluid and get lots of rest, and go to my Primary Care doctor in a couple of days.  I have already made an appointment, and am going to see my doctor tomorrow.   

How does one have pneumonia for awhile without realizing it?  I know that I have been trying to catch full breaths for awhile, but I guess it progressively got worse, and it was so slow I didn't notice.

Now I am exhausted and sleep most of the day.  The house is a wreck and even John can't keep up because he is tired from taking me to the hospital and appointments so much, LOL. 

I just called somebody and asked them to help for a few hours, and offered to pay them, but they said they couldn't come and help.

I don't know what I am going to do, because the exhaustion I am under does not allow me to get a lot done here, some of which includes staying on top of our meds, doing my home breathing treatments, feeding the cat, my insulin shots, etc. 

Poor John, he is trying to take care of everything.  He does a lot, but I do wish I could give him an extra pair of hands!

And I don't want to ask my sister Valerie to help me.  She has enough on her plate.  Her boyfriend John was lifeflighted last night to a hospital about an hour away, because he has fluid on his heart. They said if he had waited any longer to come in to the Emergency Room he would have had a heart attack.  Now he is in the ICU in an unfamiliar hospital.  And Val had to stay behind. 

They need to figure out what is causing the fluid on his heart before they can do anything about it.  If they drain it, it just might refill.  They are deciding if they want to drain the fluid around his heart or open his chest. 

Please pray for him. 

Now I will go lay down.

Love you all, Krissy


  1. (((Krissy))) can you call a home health aid?? there might be a section of that listed in your local book; call your church, maybe they have someone who can help you

    prayers being said; trust in the Lord; this did not catch him by surprise

    love you,


  2. So sorry that you are having a bad time of it.  Hope you get better soon.
    Jenny <><

  3. I'm so sorry to hear that you are not feeling all that great :(  I hope you will rest and take it easy ((((((((hugs)))))))))))



  4. Oh my goodness, Krissy, it never rains but it pours. Take it easy and try to get over the pneumonia as quickly as you can. Hope the home situation can be alleviated.


  5. Krissy, oh I wish I could be there to help you out and help take care of you and John or your needs.  You are in my thoughts dear, hope your start feeling better soon, just take it easy. Any church friends who could come in and help you out and run errands, etc. You are in my prayers dear. Hope Val's boyfriend will be ok, glad he was able to get to the hospital before anything bad happened. He's also in my prayers.  We all love you dear, get better dear.  Arlene (AJ)

  6. I am sending up prayers for all of you. Get well soon. Helen

  7. I will pray for all of you!  We are all one in this so I will send positive thoughts in your direction.


  8. Aw Krissy. That's not so good. I hope you get well soon. Sending prayers for you, val and both John's. Love Pam xx

  9. Well Krissy, you folks are having a tough time of it right now.  Would that I could, I'd surely be there to help you out.

    Prayers for ALL OF YOU ...{{{hugs}}}

  10. breakaway19682/19/2008 5:14 PM

    Prayers to you all!  You need them!~  I hope everyone is well very soon.

  11. I do know that when    my tween had "p-ammonia"....we were int he ER on Friday for a 105.8 fever...the lungs sounded fine...they sent us home and then on Sunday she had it....
    feel better soon

  12. carolelainedodd2/19/2008 5:20 PM

    I can't offer anything except to send best wishes and hope that you will all be well soon.
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care

  13. Krissy, hang in there...and yes you should be in bed! My mom had pnumonia and it hurt to even breathe..but you have to get rest. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. I hope someone can give you some help, both of you need to take it easy.  I've heard of lots of people getting pneumonia and not knowing it.  You are in my prayers.  'On Ya' - ma

  15. peytonswater2/19/2008 5:34 PM

    Krissy, let the house go, it's really not that important.  I know how you feel about it being a "sick journal". And pneumonia snuck up on your like so many people.  I thought with it though your not suppose to always be laid back (lying down) but resting/sleeping elevated when your resting during NON sleep hours. Is this true? I think so, but don't quote me.  Anyways, get rest and lots of clear fluids minus the caffiene.
    Vals boyfriend is in my thoughts, I read that in her journal earlier.

  16. treesrgreen782/19/2008 5:35 PM

    They save God never gives us more than we can handle, it seems like you are up to your limit in the handling.  So very sorry you are going through so very hard times.  It would be worthwhile to see if someone in your could help out.  Wish I lived closer I would be right over to lend a hand.  Hope you get over the pneumonia.  Prayers for you and John and Val's boyfriend.  Hope they find out what is causing the fluid and that he will be ok.  God bless.  Many prayers going out for you all.

  17. cacklinrosie1012/19/2008 5:47 PM

    Aw, Krissy, pneuonia is terrible.  I've had it twice and, yes, you can walk around getting more exhausted and sick and not even know you have it.  That's what happened to me.  I could barely move.  I missed three weeks of work.  I would take your meds and try to get Michael his insulin and not worry about much else.  I wish you could get some help but don't try to keep up yourself.  You'll just get worse.  Make sure you get another x-ray in a few days to see if the antibiotic is working.  It took three tries before they found the right one for me.  I'll keep you John and Val and her BF in my prayers.  Love you, Chris

  18. Hope you feel better soon. -Missy

  19. I'm sorry to hear this, Krissy.  I hope you feel better soon.

  20. Krissy......... I am so very sorry to hear about the pneumonia, seems like there is a lot going round at the moment. I hope that the meds take effect soon.

    Sorry to hear about your sisters boyfriend..... my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery
    hugs Jayne

  21. I think we need to pray for you all! God bless and take care.

  22. Krissy.....REST!!!  You are the 3rd person I've heard that has gotten pneumonia!!!!  
    So sorry to hear about Val's boyfriend.  I hope they find out what's wrong and are able to help him.

  23. Krissy take care get some rest!


  24. Prayers on the way for all of you!!!
    Hugs, Martha

  25. My heart goes out to you Sweetie!!  Hang in there, forget about the house.  As long as you have food and T.P. everything is good.

    Give it a week & you should feel better. Sending my blessings,  Bethe  

  26. Pneumonia can sneak up on a person, I know that from experience and do hope you are feeling better soon.

  27. You just can't seem to catch a break can you.  I'm sorry to hear that you are again under the weather.


  28. Can you email me your address?  Maybe you are close by and I can take a drive over and give you a hand?


  29. Krissy, So sorry to hear you have pneumonia!  You have sure had some bad stuff hit you, lately!  Krissy, I love you dearly & am praying double-time for you. K?

    If only I were there and not in Iowa, I'd be at your place in a heartbeat.  I'd LOVE to help you & I am a good helper and a good worker.  I sure wish I was closer!  That's so smart that you went to ER again!  Krissy I have had pneumonia 3 times, and once I almost DIED.  I was in ICU for 4 days, then a long stint in the hospital with physical therapy (they beat on my back to break up the  gunk).  I had to have breating treatments & IV antibiotics & I lost a ton of weight.  It took me 3 months to bounce back.  And yes, I slept a lot then too, that's normal I think.  Krissy, sweetie, pneumonia can be very serious, even fatal, EVEN  in today's age.  You were SO SMART to go to ER again, Krissy.  Now take care of yourself, promise, me?  And when you are better, let me know, please.  How are your muscle spasms doing?  Love you, give your hubby my love, too.  Merry

  30. nightmaremom2/19/2008 9:36 PM

    sending prayers and hugs all around
    love ya and get better soon!


  31. Krissy,     I need to be there to help you.  Wish I had a magic wand.  
    My dear, you and John have been through so much and now this.  Pneumonia is very scary.   Glad you went to ER.  Are your muscle spasms better?  You must rest.  My prayers are with you and so is my love and hugs.......take care

    Love Myke

  32. Hi Krissy,
    I haven't been by to a lot of journals and I'm glad I stop by here.
    Sending hugs, warm thoughts your way and prayer to Valeries' & John.

  33. omg you poor thing,  Get in bed now and stay there. Feel better soon. Hugs and love.

  34. heavenlybama2/19/2008 10:31 PM

    My gosh Krissy........You must have had walking pneumonia not to know.  Sending prayers your way hun.  Same to Val's b/f.

  35. Always Special thoughts for you and John too, take care of you...
    oh and poor Val, special thoughts for her and her John....
    Linda :)

  36. karensbrackett2/19/2008 11:47 PM

    Hi Krissy,
      Found your blog through a Star Wars link... glad I did.  Sorry to learn you are sick though... will be praying for you.  

  37. Oh pneumonia. It's the pits isn't it? I was in the hosp for 5 days with it years ago. It hurt so bad to cough and breathe. Hope the Zpak works. Take care of yourself. Wish I was there to give you a helpful hand.
    Luv N Hugs, Barb  

  38. I've had pneumonia before. It took me two courses of antibiotics to get well...and I was tired for 2 months afterward. I'm surprised you are able to do an entry at all! Rest and get well.

  39. Take care and have a good rest, Krissy! I wish I'm not on the other side of the world, then I can help you out.

  40. Dear Krissy~Sorry you and Val's John are so sick. I am praying for you to get better ASAP. Dutch is sick too--just getting over Pneumonia, now needing surgery on his leg (swollen and can't hardly walk) from former mebniscus (sp?) work injury to the knee. It's very painful. then there's the breathing problems and nodules on the lung that need to be checked out mext week. I know how you must feel calling this your sick journal. we all want/wish to have other things to talk about, but when pain is getting in the way it's hard to think of other stuff! Hang in there. Maybe John is getting a chance to appreciate a new perspective since he is seemingly well at the moment! Hugs to all of you~Deb ;-)

  41. quartrlyfecrysis2/20/2008 2:29 PM

    oh no.  murphy's law.

    maybe the pneumonia was instigating the fibro flare up...i've heard that being sick can bring on worse symptoms with things like fibro, arthritis and cfs.  i'm happy you're on the meds....those Zpacks are great.  that's all pey can take because of her allergies to the 'cillins'

    will definitely keep john and val in prayer.
    you ALL take care~

  42. irisheyes19292/20/2008 3:42 PM

    I'm praying for you all.  God will watch over you.

  43. Hope you're feeling better!  Get plenty of rest!

  44. Hope you are feeling better now you've got that lot off your chest - sorry my sense of humour is so grotty. Wish you lived near me - I'd help you out - would get Ron to take the cat for a walk as well. Keep smiling my dear friend. I am worried about you. Sending get well vibes across the pond - stick your hand up and you'll likely catch 'em. Take care, love to you both
    Sylvia xx

  45. rdautumnsage2/20/2008 7:03 PM

    I'm keeping all of you in my prayers on the smoke! You, John, Val and her bf....Take care of yourself hon. (Hugs) Indigo

  46. oh honey I am keeping you both in my prayers , hang in there .

  47. lifesabench62/20/2008 11:57 PM

    Good grief Krissy!  WHo cares if the house is a mess- just relax and do what you can to keep you both well and get better! God Bless all of you, always in my prayers.  Please get well soon!  Love Carolyn


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