Sunday, February 24, 2013
I'm awake right now. That's about it. I started feeling yucky Thursday afternoon. The principal came to get me to sub in the kindergarten class and I told her that I couldn't physically do that job. The room is too crowded for my walker in that room and kindergarten children need a lot of face to face help that requires bending over, including tying shoes and fastening zippers. (I taught both preschool and kindergarten, I haven't forgotten. I loved that work, but it isn't right for me.)
Feeling yucky may have made the results of my shoulder evaluation look even worse than it should have--the PT found a lot of problem areas in my left shoulder complete with two places she suspected were torn or damaged. She did an ultrasound and told me it was too early for me to try any exercises on it due to how sore it was.
I went home from PT and my hip workout and felt miserable for most of the night--head and body aches, some fever/ chill things. I muddled around most of the evening, had some chicken soup and kept thinking that I might have been coming down with the flu. I had my pneumonia shot a few years ago, good for ten years and I had my flu shot in October, so I thought I was protected from those nasty illnesses. I tried to do my sparking but was not able to stay focused on much and I think I might have gotten 13 points.
I woke up early Friday morning--we were predicted to have 12 inches of snow, but we had 3 or 4. I took meds and I think they gave me a false sense of security, that I was going to be okay. I got to school and started doing my work when I was told that I had to go teach first/second grade. OK, I have never subbed and don't want to. Following someone else's plans doesn't seem like anything I want to do. It was also picture day and I had to keep the kids calm and collected while we were in one line or the other for 35 minutes. By the end of the morning, moving and holding up my head were taking all of my energy. Th principal came to me and told me that she found someone who could come in at 12:40 and then I could get back to my regular work. I rested my head during the 40 minute lunch and recess break the kids had and brought them back to the room. There's a lot of walking in our school and I had to make a couple of stops, not for my hip and knee, but to get myself functioning.
The sub came and I went to my room and called my doctor. When I described how I felt, they told me to go straight to the ER. I canceled therapy and he took me to the hospital. Of course, my husband was giving the boys rides to work and he didn't show up to school until after 3:30. By the time he showed up, I had started wheezing and had used my inhaler. We got to the hospital and I hjad to fill out their blue paper telling why I was there--I wrote "sick" because I didn't have the energy or strength to do any more. (They weren't amused.) They did their usual round of tests, swabbed my nose (big yuck!) and took me to a room--although, way not that fast. I got to the room and they told me that I had tested positive for influenza type B. When the doctor listened to my lungs, he heard "rails" (?) on both sides and sent me for an x-ray. It came back that I had pneumonia, particularly affecting the right side.
I got my first dose of Levaquin before I left the hospital. They gave me a prescription for the costly Tamiflu, Levaquin, Ondansetron, and Cheratussin AC Syrup--delightful tasting, helps the cough a bit. I have so many symptoms that I cannot keep track of what is going on and the meds have different times schedules, so this has been my work of the weekend. Chills and fever switch off and on, coughing and wheezing come and go--both causing pain in my back. I feel all drugged up and numb with an achy body and a painful head. I have to get up and move around--an arthritic requirement for any of you who don't know, and I forget to be careful with my tender parts because I am a mess, so my shoulder gets a jerk, my knee gets moved the wrong way or I pull on my new hip in a way that it hasn't gotten used to. That gives me a jolt and an awakening.
The doctor told me that the elderly were having issues with flu after the flu shot failed to do its job. I reminded him that I was 57 and he said that people with chronic health issues and suppressed immune systems were in the same category--and that I certainly qualified under those rules. The article in our paper and the one on Health News here at SP both neglected to mention that. It's my guess that they came from the same news source.
My family is at church, enjoying a potluck before the Congregational Meeting with our new pastor. I hate missing that, but there is not one person that I would wish this on. I am hoping that I come around by morning because I need to work. I cannot afford to have my pay docked any more than it already is from my surgical leave. I won't go if I am sick, but I am praying that I will be over this. Part of me thinks that this is totally unfair, I finally was getting back into going to the pool. I know better than to think about what is and isn't fair. I guess that changes the question from being "Why me?" to "Why not me?"
My next report should be the one where I am getting better!!
Gentle, gentle hugs,