The office is still standing. Kind of wobbly, but up nonetheless. I have been sick for over a month now. It would come on as a regular old cold virus, end like a stomach virus, then I would be okay for several days. Then the process would start all over. It seemed like I just couldn’t shake it after the third time it came on, but it’s a virus, so there’s not much to do, I figured.
The fourth time it came on and brought on pretty severe chest congestion, sore throat, hot/cold flashes, high fever, bad fatigue, and headaches, I called a nurse to ask if this was normal for the virus they had been seeing. She said, “NO! You have a secondary infection! GET TO THE DOCTOR NOW!” In the meantime I had been sent home from work a few times, and forbidden from working two separate weeks by Lee.
Last Thursday I went to a great new doctor all the way in Tomball. Well worth it, BTW. After hearing the history, and doing some tests she said, “Have you ever had bronchitis or pneumonia?” I answered that I had indeed had them both before. She then said, “Well, you have a pretty severe case of bronchitis for sure, and do you know how close you are to having pneumonia?”
The disaster with my health was narrowly avoided with very strong antibiotics, an antihistamine cough syrup (so I could sleep and actually rest) and I am now back at work.