I can get you a doctor’s note …

OK. It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted. At first my delay in posting was due to the frenzy in activities brought on by the end of the school year. But as the school year dwindled, I started feeling sick. Really sick.

It started out as aches and pains accompanied by chills and heat spells. Then it moved into my chest. At first the doctors said it was bronchitis and prescribed Augmentin, an Albuterol inhaler and a cough medicine with Codeine. Along with these, I was also taking Mucinex and Sudaphed, and I was sucking continuously on cough drops and was alternating regularly between Tylenol and Motrin. I kept thinking I was getting better – but I wasn’t.

Here I am with my IV and the oxygen tube over my nose. Don't I look great?

Here I am with my IV and the oxygen tube over my nose. Don't I look great?

Now, two weeks later, I am spending my first night in the hospital. I have pnemonia, and my oxygen levels just refused to pick up. So they are pumping me with meds intravenously and giving me oxygen. It must be working a little, because this is the first time I’ve felt up to writing in two weeks.

Strangely, Busy Toddler contracted pneumonia, too, but she is recovering well – at least better than I am. The doctors think it’s strange that we both had pneumonia at the same time since it’s not considered contagious. As a result, they are testing me for other interesting things like Legionnaires’ Disease and the Swine Flu or H1N1, even though I hadn’t been more than 60 miles from home when I first became ill. I doubt these tests will come back positive, but until we know for sure, anyone who visits me must wear a smock and a mask.

It’s getting late and I should get some rest – at least as much as I can until the hospital staff comes in to bother me. I’ll try to write more tomorrow. I don’t think I’m going anywhere …

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