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Too close for comfort

Less than a week ago, I nearly died from pneumonia.
Whether I was clinically near death or not is unimportant: what counts is that within a time span of 48 hours, my lungs almost completely filled with fluid & I became unable to breathe, at all and had to be rushed to the ER, put on constant oxygen and pumped full of hardcore antibiotics for 3 days.
That's close enough to dying for me, thank you.

I'm still on that antibiotic, a couple of inhaler-type meds and I'm also taking Zoloft now, in an attempt to control the overwhelming depression & panic attacks that I've been experiencing during the past few months.
Too early to tell if it'll help.
We shall see...
I'm feeling much better, but am still weak and susceptible to a relapse.
According to the docs & nurses at the hospital, I'll be weak for a good while.

Damn... I wanted a vacation, but not this way.

5 blog comments below

Did you determine the cause for it?
tidruG on Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:43 pm
Well, according to the doctor I saw while in the hospital, I had a common cold virus that somehow mutated into pneumonia.
And based on a few news stories I've read & heard about on TV, whatever's causing these freaky mutations of common viruses & bacteria... is creating hardcore versions of these everyday-diseases that are killing people.

Cold-virus variant has killed 10

It's also possible that it could've been caused by me having a selenium and/or Vitamin E deficiency, but I'll never know for sure.

I'm taking multivitamins daily and doing my best to quit smoking.
(I'm down to 3 a day - Wink )

The thing is that, at no time during my illness was I contagious.
Nobody that lives with me ever developed any symptoms and I never had a fever.

And before it hit me really hard, it kept coming and going, so I never suspected pneumonia or even a serious infection.
I'd have a couple bad days, then a couple of days with no symptoms whatsoever, so I thought it might be some kind of allergy, like mold or dust, that I had developed.
The doc told me that during those days when I felt fine... the damn thing was mutating.

I'm a walking petri dish, man. Laughing
CrimsonStrange on Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:34 am
I'm a walking petri dish, man.
Haha, couldn't help but smile at that comment!

You're down to 3 cigs a day? That's down to? What were you at?

Anyway, good to hear you're recovering (at least that's the impression I get from your posts).

tidruG on Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:45 am
Yeah, I'm down to 3 cigarettes a day, as opposed to almost a whole pack a day.
And I'm craving them after meals less & less.
So... I'm workin' on it. Wink

Thanks for the well-wishes, tidruG.
I do appreciate it.
CrimsonStrange on Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:59 am
I've read that some of those chewing gums that help you overcome your craving for cigs can have some strange side-effects. If you're using that kind of gum, you'd better check up on its ingredients.
tidruG on Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:13 pm

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