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I Had Pneumonia!

I’m not sure how I ended up with pneumonia for my winter break, but let’s just say I didn’t ask for it. I had become a bit more lax recently with covid safety, since as of yet (and as far as I know) I haven’t gotten it.

So when I started coughing, had a slight fever and a headache, I thought “uh oh, it finally caught up with me”. I had stockpiled home covid tests, so I tested daily for 5 days while my symptoms continued, negative each time. Then Christmas eve morning I woke up, felt like I had been hit by a truck, and coughed out a big hunk of green phlegm.

You don’t need to be a licensed and registered respiratory therapist to know that you have a lung infection, but you do need to be a bit of a magician to land an urgent care appointment on the day before Christmas! At the 4th facility I tried, I was finally able to be seen, swabbed for every possible virus,  prescribed antibiotics and sent on my way…only after the Physician’s Assistant heard crackles in my right lung.

That day I didn’t feel too terrible, and thought I had avoided the worst of it. But the coughing and fatigue settled in, and I felt and sounded like most of my patients and clients. Thankfully my young adult daughter was scheduled for a visit, and instead of all the exciting plans we had made, she played nurse and I accepted the help gratefully. 

I’m recovered now after about 5 weeks, and back to being a bit more cautious-masking around indoor crowds, washing my hands more frequently, canceling plans if someone has the sniffles or a new cough. I don’t like it, but it’s much more preferable than a new lung infection!

How has your winter been? Have you been able to avoid all the bugs out there? Are you slacking on your self-care and exercise? I’m hoping that my story is a good reminder to keep up all your good habits-you are worth it. 

See you next month. 


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Oh Noooooo...sorry that you got so sick Joelle. I did well until the New Year and got hit with Flu A and a COPD Exacerbation. Not fun at all. Had to stay in the hospital for 5 days and continue at home with VNA services until I get back to base. Trying to do everything I learned in Pulmonary Rehab to get back on my feet. Winter is not kind to us sometimes. Hope each and every day you get stronger Joelle .



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Oh Maryellen I’m so sorry to hear this! Remember that when you are ready to start exercising again, baby steps is key. Be kind to yourself as you’re healing, and stay in touch.

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