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Feb 11, 2019 04:56AM
Sylvia, very nice to hear from you but so sorry to hear you're still under the weather .
Do take care of yourself and ring the GP if you feel at all concerned. I can't remember if you've had the flu jab this year, although vaguely remember that one year it made your lymphadaema flare up- so I imagine you're not that keen on it.
None of us had it, which I regret. We all (apart from my husband, Jez) caught flu in rapid succession, starting with the littlest 10 days' ago. All the children have been off school since then but have finally gone back today! Hurray!
So it's been quite a week! I've now got a chest infection and asthma-type symptoms so am on ABs and an inhaler. Still bed-bound too. But am enjoying reading all my old children's books: the Lorna Hill series; Heidi; A Traveller in Time by Allison Uttley. Do any of you remember those? Or did you read them to your children or nephews and nieces? I have been quite transported into alternate universes, which has helped me feel a little less lousy.
Mary, I'm sorry you're still sinus-ey and having pain in your shoulder. And, Kath, sorry you're having your thyroid investigated again.
Illness of whatever kind ( even when we know it's unlikely to be serious and will pass) can take us to a dark place, can't it, Kath? And of course all the more so for you guys who have had something very serious.
For example, I've been terribly worried and tearful about my youngest, Toby, this week because his temperature stayed high for 9 days, and this has never happened before. It has finally come down- phew!
I've also had many panicked moments since my chest infection started. The combination of not being able to breathe well through nose( thanks to sinusitis)or mouth -and the sleeplessness that comes with it-led to a series of small panic attacks, where I felt I was going to pass out, plus three increasingly crazed calls to GPs/111!! It is hard when all the doctors are saying it is not an emergency,one's rational self knows it's not an emergency but it still FEELS like an emergency!
I was quite surprised that the doctors gave me ABs so readily as soon as they heard the crackle in my lungs. I know that chest infections are sometimes viral in origin, and thought doctors at least have to test the sputum these days to see whether ABs are necessary?
I guess that, as with so many medical decisions, it is a fine balancing act- doctors do not want chest infections becoming pneumonia, and if this means a few unnecessary sets of antibiotics along the way, this is probably a price worth paying. Plus it is a crazily busy time of year and they have to make quick decisions.What a job they have .....
Susie, great that you're now 6 months post-chemo. Has the time flown?
The sun is out today, and our territorial robin seems to be making its presence felt just outside my bedroom window. Watching the birds is such helpful thing when “convalescing" I find. Their funny, energetic movements really lift the spirits.
I wish you all uncomplicated recoveries.
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