I’m Home Now, Thank You For All Your Kind Wishes

They let go a little bit a go. I’d like to thank all the people who responded so kindly to my daughter’s post.

First thing I did when I got home was take a loooong hot shower.

So here is the story. Along about Wednesday of last week I started coming down with what I thought was a cold. I wasn’t surprised because I had just started a new attempt to quite smoking and something like that always happens when I try to quite. Anyway, by Friday I was feeling bad enough that I called in sick. Saturday I was actually starting to feel better and I thought I’d be okay by Monday. Wrong. About 10 minutes after I woke up on Sunday I started having some pretty bad breathing difficulties so Mrs. afarensis and I made a trip to the ER (Mrs. afarensis was coming down with something as well). At the ER they examined both of us and decided Mrs afarensis just had an upper respiratory infection so they let her go. Me, on the other hand, after some chest x-rays and a chest CT scan they admitted. They were pretty sure I had pneumonia, they thought I might have swine flu as wee. And then there is the effects of 30 years of smoking thrown into the mix.

Several IV antibiotics were started, IV steriods as well (side effects I experienced the steriod: Tachycardia, massive flushing, blood sugar shot up to 250 – nasty things steroids), breathing treatments, insulin for the high blood sugar, tamiflu, other drugs I can’t remember. At any rate they ruled out swine flu and decided that I just had pneumonia made worse by all the smoking. I have a pulmonary function test on Monday and future treatment plans will be made then. Until then they have me on several inhalers and are continuing with one antibiotic.

Five days confined to a bed really robs you of your stamina and has made all my muscles sore and stiff so I have some gentle stretching I need to do, and maybe a short walk later.

I’ll update on this as needed in the future and again, thank you for your kind wishes.

22 Responses




    🙂 glad you feel betterer! CBEB’S says HI!

  3. I have heard that steroids can have gynocomastia as a side effect. Which probably why Richtard is hovering around trying to sweet talk you.

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    Glad you’re feeling better and on the way to recovery. Best wishes!

  5. Glad it was just a cold spell. Get it? Get better 2. And quite fuming already. 🙂

  6. Sorry to hear this. I hope none of the damned medicos tried to make you feel this was your fault for smoking, like they do me. Like you wanted to be an addict.

  7. Rich,
    I used medicine, otherwise I’d be dead by now.

    John -Surprisingly no. No guilt trips. Just stern lectures about quitting.

  8. He types! Hurrah. The tardmine is waiting, when you feel strong enough.

  9. Welcome back–glad you’re feeling better!

  10. Good to hear things turned out OK. Heal up!

  11. Phew, glad to see you’re back. As you can see, nothing much has changed in your absence.

  12. Welcome back to the land of the living! Hope you’ll be able to stay off the cigs now.

  13. I’m glad you’re feeling better! Yikes.

  14. I’ll say it: QUIT SMOKING. I did about 7 years ago. And I’m still alive……………..

  15. Glad to see you back and (mostly) well.

    Like another Mature Flatulent said – quit smoking. I quit in 1978 and look at me.

    Well, maybe not.

    James 2:24

  16. Glad you talked/ guilted Jaweh into granting 1 more miracle and letting you get better.

  17. Glad you talked/ guilted Jaweh into granting 1 more miracle and letting you get better. Did you see Jesus in your phlegm and/or vomit?

  18. Glad you’re ok! Hope recovery is fast.

  19. So now we know who we have to thank for taming fire and discovering smoking

  20. Welcome back! So glad to hear your chakra is in balance again or whatever.

    What’s that? Actual medicine? well it worked because the woo allowed it to, don’t you know.

  21. I hope you keep recovering.
    A warning: Visiting the infantile gang over at “After the Bar Closes” might be hazardous to your health 😉

  22. What Wilkins said.

    Glad you’re back.

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