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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

And, the doctor said...

All night long, when I breathed in, I had a low raspy sound. When I breathed out, I had a higher wheeze. Sometimes it woke me. I don't snore at all, or so I have been told. After a miserable afternoon today of the same and shallow fast breathing, I went to the church dinner, stuffed myself on spaghetti and a very nice salad of expensive salad greens. Then, at 6 pm, I went to the doctor.

He ordered xrays because he thought I had pneumonia. My temp was up. No, he said I had a "very bad, very serious case of bronchitis." For that, he changed my antibiotic to Levaquin and a prescription for an inhaler. Maybe I will get somewhat better by morning.

Dying of respiratory problems must be a very difficult death. I was not afraid I was going to die. It's just an afterthought as I write.

I am well-fed tonight. But, I still must get those carrots from the Crockpot. I need more Crockpots because I am inspired when I load up this very lovely I am so sick and feeling ambitious beyond what I can actually do....just dreaming, I suppose.

Now, I must prepare the two mailings for my secret shopper job that was due last Friday and delayed every day by the company.

Spring arrives at 11:57 am on Thursday. I will commemorate it in some way. After this horrid winter, I need to do something special and uplifting. Since it is supposed to be in the high 60s Thursday and in mid 70s on Friday, this will at least be a good two days. Yay!

No proofing on this post, either. I am just too tired.

Your turn
Have you had something just get worse even with antibiotics? What are you going to do to commemorate the first day of Spring?


  1. In my opinion, Levaquin is dangerous as all heck. That stuff about killed me! Be very careful.

    1. I worry about taking it too much. This is the fourth or fifth time since August, I believe. Can you email me with the information about it and what happened to you. Or, you can comment here, even if it is lengthy. I would appreciate that. Thanks.

    2. Stop using levofloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

      severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat;
      sudden pain, snapping or popping sound, bruising, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of movement in any of your joints;
      diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
      confusion, hallucinations, depression, tremors, feeling restless or anxious, unusual thoughts or behavior, insomnia, nightmares, seizure (convulsions);
      pale skin, fever, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding;
      upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
      urinating less than usual or not at all;
      numbness, burning pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet;
      the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or
      severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

  2. I do hope that the next script makes you better. Quickly. I am relishing Autumn too much to even think about spring. But will probably celebrate it in the garden. Perhaps a cup of tea on the deck...

    1. EC,
      Since you live in the tropics of AU, Autumn is the next season for you and welcome temps, too, I suppose. Right now, the tropics forever would suit me. I do hope this med does it for me. I just took the first dose of ten.

  3. I am glad that you do not have the pneumonia but bronchitis is bad too. Hope you start feeling better soon. As for the first day of spring; Thanks for reminding! I have totally forgotten about that. Tomorrow I am off so, I will take mom to do something fun to celebrate spring.

  4. T'Pol,
    I just cannot imagine feeling much worse. I suppose I would not have been eating or driving. Have fun on the first day of Spring. I will plant

  5. Neither DD nor I will take Levaquin again, we both had issues with our Archilles tendons as a result. DD's was almost ruptured! Ack! Weird but common side effect. Be well!

  6. Judy tells me I snore bad. I don't believe her, so I stayed awake one night to see, and I didn't. As for spring, I will have my computer worked on. Boring here!

  7. Several years ago I had a tooth that was infected. The dentist gave me an antibiotic than worked on the tooth. Two days later I had pain (thought it was from the original tooth but turned out the tooth next to the one fixed was now infected. Started a second course of antibiotic but the infection got worse. In the space of about three weeks I was on 3 different antibiotics and for awhile I was seeing my dentist every day including Saturday and Sunday.

  8. Today is my Mom's birthday. So I'm celebrating life.. a wonderful life she led, and the welcoming of Spring.


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