Today marks day 14 of my pneumonia siege.
I believe I have successfully repelled the invading army. A doctor's appointment for a follow-up yesterday morning revealed that the infections are gone. My lungs still crackle and I still have a quite the epic cough but that's the last remnant of the occupying forces. I was told to stay out of work until next Monday the 22nd - I was totally OK with that.
Today - I feel like myself for the first time in 2 weeks. In fact, I actually got a few things done around the house and it didn't wipe me out. I have spent the majority of the day resting - reading quietly, even spending a bit of time outside, listening to my beloved birds sing to me. Even so, the kitchen is clean, several boxes that were delivered in the past 2 weeks have been unpacked and their contents put away and I even lightly cleaned one room.
Phew! And here I am, sitting upright and feeling pretty good.
And I am relieved that among many things my employer does right, it's short term disability program is quite robust and I shouldn't lose any pay for the past 2 weeks. I do have to use up one week's worth of vacation time which is - disappointing. But the 2nd week will be paid at 100% without the consumption of any more of this year's precious vacation time.
This was an unexpectedly serious illness that hit me quickly and took me out of action just as quickly. I have learned that this has happened to many other people with asthma - hits fast, hard and leaves you quite ill for several days and takes even more time to recover from. And at the start of allergy season, it doesn't leave me feeling confident about my health as the pollen counts rise.
Which is why there are no open windows in my house and we have resurrected our old, house-sized HEPA air filter system. Purchased a new HEPA filter for the machine and it's been running at nearly full-blast since late last week. The air in the house smells - crisp and fresh. I have also purchased a small room-sized air purifier for my desk at work. I will become my own cleaning service in my space as well - dusting each week and even getting a small personal-sized vaccuum to ensure the dust is kept to a bare minimum.
I am determined to get thru allergy season with as little illness as possible. Getting thru pneumonia is no small feat and my immune system will be weak and hyper-sensitive for some time to come.
In the meantime it is amazing what a serious illness can do to your sense of priorities. The personal calendar shall be kept as clear as possible for the next several weeks. All potential commitments will be carefully reviewed and I have no problem with saying NO when it's necessary to preserve my own health and well-being.
I'm not typically good at NO. I'm learning, fast.