Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Dang! I Missed a Day of Posting

My plan was to be on top of this blog thing and to post every day. But yesterday my day went by and I didn't manage to get to my post. I've been really ill the last couple of days and sleep and rest has become my priority. Last November I suffered from Microplasmic Pneumonia, which doesn't affect the lungs so much as it does the bloodstream. So I lost 7 lbs. in 5 days, I couldn't eat, and my body ached so much that I could barely move.

A week-and-a-half ago I saw a doctor to have them assess my condition. I had a really sore throat and bad cough and cold. I was told it was just viral and that I should get rest and drink fluids. The doctor did, however, take a throat swab to test for strep, since I had it in the middle of September. She thought the strep may not be completely gone and was flaring up again. But the test came back negative and so I guess she assumes that this is still viral. I haven't been back since.

Although my cough and cold has subsided quite a bit, my sore throat just keeps getting worse. It hurts so bad right now that it's affecting my ability to move my head and neck. I remember feeling this way back in 1995 while I was working as the secretary at Simonhouse Bible Camp in northern Manitoba. I couldn't even move my head off the pillow, I was in so much pain. The director insisted that I see a doctor and my illness turned out to be strep. Within a day of taking antibiotics, I was doing much better. I didn't want to relive that pain over again, but here I am in the thick of it. So now I'm debating what to do. I feel like going back to the doctor and insisting that they take another throat swab as well as do the blood work for Microplasmic Pneumonia. I heard that if you get pneumonia once, you will always be more susceptible to it in the future. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I'm really not feeling like myself and from what I can remember of how I was feeling back in November 2005 I am feeling similar. I don't like to be the person who "runs to the doctor over every little thing", but both strep and pneumonia are nothing to toy around with.

In all of my physical weakness, I think I've finally given our house issue over to God completely. I just realized last night while I was soaking in a nice, hot tub of water, that He's really trying to teach me something and I'm not getting it. Now that my physical strength is gone, I'm at the point of totally surrendering this whole thing over to Him. Hard lesson. But it's the only way. He is in control and not me. There's nothing more I can do that I haven't already done. Thank you, God, for loving me so much, that although our future is unknown to us, you do know and you're already there taking care of everything.


Becky said...

Go to the doctor. Seriously.

Kim said...

I had microplasmic pnuemonia when pregnant with my 3rd child. I had a hacking dry cough, and felt obviously horrible. The doctor I saw repeatedly said it was viral; there was nothing he could do. After 4 months of suffering and bedridden, and the development of pluerisy from all the coughing, I happened to visit the doctor the day an intern was in. He diagnosed it right away from the initial syptoms. The MD reluctanly gave me antibiotics, but only 10 days vs. the usual 21 days for this. After 10 days, it had not cleared, yet he refused to renew. I eventually overcame it, but to this day have a patch on my right lung that becomes sore when tired, and I have constant cases of bronchitis, sinus infections, or mystery fatigue. It sounds obvious...resume treatment to knock it out. Getting a MD to do the obvious is another story. One thing that has been a God-send is Juice Plus+, which is concentrated fruits and vegetables in a capsule. It is my medicine and answer to prayer, to help my body fight off this infection, since doctors won't cooperate. Good luck!

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