Monday, February 25, 2013
I just read my last blog dated Feb 10th. That's when my chest got a little congested. The two days after that, my chest was really congested and I couldn't stop coughing. I hate that thick/liquidy feeling in my lungs. By Thursday, I started on antibiotics, Levaquin to be exact. I have been taking everything possible for the cough, just to try to sleep sometimes. I've had to sleep in an elevated position for two weeks now.
After a week on Levaquin, I developed achilles tendonitis. There's a black box warning on this antibiotic warning about this possible side effect. My calves were cramping like you wouldn't believe, and it affected the tendons in my neck and wrists as well. The Levaquin also did nothing for my lung infection. So, I had a horrible side effect, with none of the benefit of the med.
I'm now supplementing with extra potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus to try to alleviate the tendonitis. Some people with this adverse effect have ruptured tendons, so I'm being extra cautious with my feet, ankles, and calves. I'm also on two other antibiotics, along with other meds to help my cough and congestion. I rest every day I can, and my family is really helpful. Hubby and the kids insist on my resting when I'm home. Unfortunately, I have no benefits at either of my jobs, so I can't miss work. I've only missed one 10hour shift so far. Last week was more of an off week, so I have had several days of doing nothing. I start another busier work cycle this week. Thankfully, I can limit my activity at work and keep it mostly a sitting desk job.
I had a chest xray on Friday, and am still waiting for the radiologist report. The MD showed me the xray and we talked about it. It doesn't scream pneumonia, but it doesn't look perfect either. Something is going on in my lungs right now. I'm really hoping they will clear up soon.
Through all of this, I have mostly eaten healthy food. Partly an attempt to keep my GI system regular with all the different meds I'm on now. Partly because it's the only Spark thing I can do right now, and probably for weeks to come. I'm not totally neurotic about it, however. We had pizza yesterday, and boy did it taste good! Boosted my spirits a little too. I hate sitting around and being the sick one in the family, but my job right now is to recuperate. When I am finally able to start working out again, it will be slow, very slow, starting with walking. My lungs and my tendons will probably not allow for anything else.
That's a pretty long update on my situation now. I'm hanging in there, and trying to stay positive. Hubby helps a lot with that. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family.