Road to Recovery

nebulizer, sick, bronchitis, Nicole Bullock, silly
Blogging under the influence of Albuterol

Thank you for all of your well wishes, tweets of concern, and blog comments of sympathy. It’s been a tough few days. I’m prone to all sorts of lung nastiness (asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, random bronchospasms) and this week has been quite an experience. I finished up my Z-Pak today, have decreased my nebulizer treatments from every 4 hours to 1-3 per day. I still have a pretty wicked “walrus bark” cough, but I voluntarily left my house today….in CLEAN clothes…in PUBLIC…for THREE HOURS. Tomorrow I’m going up to SLC for the Seth Godin Haiti Benefit luncheon, and I hope to not “huff, puff, and blow the house down.”

I met with my primary care doctor yesterday, who diagnosed me with “ick” in my lungs, and “ouch” in my back. I left the office with orders for a nebulizer machine purchase, and an MRI on my back. It’s been 8 weeks since I threw out my back shoveling snow, and I’ve given up on my quirky podunk physical therapist. Depending on the results of the MRI, it could be anything from “be patient and take it easy” to pain injections and/or surgery. When I’m laying around the house all day (like I have with this bronchitis garbage), my back isn’t so bad. But when I get antsy in a messy room and compulsively organize….you get the idea.

At times like these….it makes me really appreciate the times when I am healthy.

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