Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sick again

So, I'm sick again. Less than three months ago I had pneumonia. You know, the disease where you can't breathe. Where you walk up the stairs and you have to sit down because you're out of breath. The disease that put my dad in the hospital for a week and almost killed him. Ya. That disease.
I became aware I was sick again a little over a week ago, immediately following church. A fever. Light-headed. Tuesday evening the fever was still there (highs at 104 F), so we went to the doctor, who gave me a prescription for an antibiotic. Started taking it...one day, two days, three days, little change. No longer light-headed, but I started coughing a bit more. Four days, five days...still nothing. So I figure I have a bacteria that's tougher than the antibiotic (or at least resistant to it), or I have a virus. I found myself short of breath at times, and so worried that I again had pneumonia, and this time it was back for vengeance. So we went to the doctor's again(those of you who have health insurance--appreciate it). A different doctor saw us this time, and he insisted on a blood test, did some x-rays, and then showed us some of my blood data. Some of the numbers were not good...he had another test done, this time for mono. Positive. That's right. I have the kissing disease. At least I know what I have and how to deal with it, even if there is no treatment for it.
Why can't I get sick like a normal person? The cold? The flu? Something that doesn't last weeks and weeks?
So, in three months, I go through pneumonia, quit my job, move to Idaho, marry April, and get mono. I'm going to be out of it for a while. Maybe it's a good thing I haven't found a job yet.

4 comments:

Cougarg said...

Not to mention the weird thing with your voice before the pnemonia. I am knocking on wood as I type this, but I'm glad I haven't gotten really sick in a long time. But hey, whatever doesn't kill you...

Tim said...

Ya...I'd forgotten about that. I think it was just acid reflux.

caron said...

I'm sorry to hear about the mono! It's a hard one because it effects so much of how you feel and what you do for so long. I feel like I have been surrounded my mono-ites lately. They eventually get back to being themselves, so I think the odds are in your favor for survival. :) It's a good time to catch up on movies and books you haven't been able to enjoy in the last few years. Become one with the public library.

Woodine said...

Yuck, I'm sorry to hear that. I agree with Caron - I know you had a lot on your plate with the move and marriage and all (and all of that stress might have compromised your immune system) but now you're happily married and moved - so take it easy to give your body a break. Public libraries are fantastic! Good luck!