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Another fine Christmas, Birthday and New Year mess I have gotten into...

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Another fine Christmas, Birthday and New Year mess I have gotten into...
Pay no attention to the woman on cold meds...

My vision has either gotten worse recently or it is all the cold meds and Tylenol that I have taken since Christmas. Guess I will have to make an appointment..but need to any way whether or not my vision returns. It is that medium range vision, so I am holding my head up and looking through my reading part of the glasses.

I ended up in the ER early Wednesday morning after having sat up in my father's old lift chair (so glad I have it) all night because when I laid down to sleep, my lungs whistled, crackled and wheezed and I had trouble breathing. Thought I just had a dry cough that quickly went to my chest accompanied by a low grade fever…but no…I have “Acute” (mind you) Acute Viral Influenza Type A, as diagnosed by “Jim Henson” which is sort of weird, but hey, when you look like him you just gotta wear your hair like him with the sort of barred silver/black thing he had going on towards the end of his life.

Anyway, I made the mistake …which we elderly women sometimes do…of saying “I have the flu?!” and was reminded that I have “Acute” Viral Influenza Type A…Acute”. As opposed to Chronic Flu, which I suppose would eventually kill me.

I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t have pneumonia or bronchitis brewing in my lungs, since I had no other symptoms except being fatigued, low grade fever and difficulty breathing when I laid down with a cough that didn’t produce much. Made sense to me to go to the ER…efficiency and all that.

Influenza is a respiratory viral infection I was told by Jim Henson and…yeah but, usually you feel something else too. I asked him what I could do about the wheezing, whistling, crackling and difficulty breathing when I laid down and he said, “You have whistling?” My lungs sounded clear, but of course I was sitting up. Jim suggested that I go for a walk outside in the cold air before bedtime to make me cough. It was 17 degrees when I left home that morning and warmed up to 24 later in the day. I said that I went out to take the goats some water yesterday and the cold air hurt my lungs so badly I didn’t think I could get back inside. He then thought a hot shower and a hot cup of tea would do the trick. I thought “one of these things is not like the other.” But I was mixing TV shows…no still Jim Henson, so all good there.

Which direction to follow? What would mothers worldwide suggest? Okay, no walk in the frigid air for me.

I had told everyone several times that I was scared last night because so many in our area have started with a chest cold and ended with up in the hospital for days with bronchitis or pneumonia. The women I saw in the ER seemed to think it was a sensible thing to do…go get checked out, that is. Jim seemed to be perturbed that I had wasted his time and resources…just a little attitude there.

Anyway, besides the conflicting directions, he ended up giving me an inhaler to help with the wheezing, but I didn’t know about that until I checked out. Just continue the cold meds and Tylenol he said. X-ray showed no pneumonia but swab showed “Acute” Viral Influenza Type A…Acute”…okie-dokie, Jimmy.

What was the point of such determined distinction that is was acute? Who knows…

Anyway, I still feel like... "unnh"... and I have no appetite, but of course will probably gain weight. So far, nobody else has any symptoms. Apparently, you are contagious one day before symptoms appear and 7 days after they appear. Thanks, Mother Nature. Fortunately, we are not getting chickens back until Jan. 9th, so Virgil has just been working along on the chicken houses. The cold air still wrecks me and although I have periods where I feel less "unnh", I get waves of fatigue and hacking, so I am just puttering about the house doing what I can. Haven’t even felt like reading. I just sit in the chair and stare at whatever.

Hope everybody is doing better than this, which isn't really terrible. I mean, I have a warm house and a flexible job and people who love me and a husband who will eat anything. Love his heart. I will not say that it is better than killing and butchering hogs or making sausage and scrapple and wrapping fresh hog meat on my birthday. Nope... that is fun in frigid weather...unless you feel like I feel currently.

Happy New Year!

-Jeanne
"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."
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