The title pretty much explains it all. I have pneumonia. I have been bouncing between 102-104 temperature all weekend. I should have gone to the ER sooner than I did, but it actually took passing out and falling straight to the floor this morning before I agreed to go. That was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.
When I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. to use the bathroom, I started to feel my heartbeat slow and my ears were ringing. I started getting tunnel vision and thought to myself that I needed to get to my husband because something was horribly wrong. On my way to the stairs I dropped to the floor faster than I thought possible. I was conscious enough to scream to my husband for help. I yelled in a panic that I was dying because I really didn't know what was happening to me. I can still hear how pathetic my voice was when I yelled. I was so defeated. I thought, I need to yell to him to come find me now instead of letting him find me unconscious later. I think the panic and screaming made my heart start to beat faster, keeping me awake. He came running down the stairs, asking me what happened. I started crying as I was flat on the floor and said "I don't know, I don't know. I just lost all control of my body in an instant." That was when I agreed to go to the ER.
This weekend was full of dizziness and chills which felt like a million needles all over my body. When I arrived at the hospital they took my blood work, gave me an EKG, gave me a chest X-ray and put an IV in my hand to get some fluid in me. The IV made me feel a lot better. That feeling didn't last long though. After all of the tests, the doctor wanted one more; a CT scan of my chest. Apparently, my bloodwork made the doctor think that I may have a blood clot in my lung.
The good news was that there was no clot; the bad news was that I have pneumonia in my right lung. The only explanation that I have for getting pneumonia so fast is my MS. The neurologist sure was right that illness was going to hit me faster and harder with MS. This was a scary wake up call.
I left the hospital without a fever, but after I got home it spiked back up to 103.5. The doctor wants me out of work all week. I don't have enough vacation time for that, so hopefully I feel well enough to go back in to work on Wednesday.
Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, but now you're up to speed. I promise to start back up as soon as I am feeling better!
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