GET THE FLU SHOT!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
What a winter! I have been ill off and on - mostly on - since the first week of December. Because of my age (69) and the fact that I am asthmatic, I have been getting the flu shot since it was first available years ago. This year was not exception and so I felt protected.
In early December, I noticed that my breathing was becoming wheezy and laboured. I went to the doctor and she prescribed and anti-biotic and prednisone. 2 weeks later I was sick again and my breathing only improved marginally. So I got a second round of anti-biotic and steroids. Again my breathing improved somewhat but not completely
Of course my depression reared its ugly head and I was down for the count, not getting a restful night's sleep, dragging myself around and just feeling like garbage.
I now believe that I have been suffering from the interstitial pneumonia during this whole time and then I caught the flu bug and ended up in hospital.
One of my biggest problems is not being able to read my body well which isn't a good way to be when you are asthmatic, depressed/anxious, old and overweight. and trying to loose weight.
I am not seeing the signs of diminished breathing.
I don't see that my depression/anxiety is becoming a problem.
I keep forgetting to read my birth certificate.
I can't read when I'm full.
My main goal this year is to find some contentment. Somehow I think it's going to take as much work as correcting how I ignore my body/mind.
I don't look at this as a negative. But it will be a challenge.
The last word? Get your flu shot. Although it was not effective for me this year, I hate to think what would have happened if I didn't get the shot.