Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Not sure what's happening

The pain I had in just one spot in my chest yesterday has been slowly expanding, and by late this afternoon I was having pain through my whole chest and around the back. It's a pain that I've often had when I've been diagnosed with pneumonia, although today my breathing doesn't seem to be affected all that much. I called Lauren, and she told me to do a nebulizer treatment and take some morphine, and that she would call back in a little while, and when she did she decided to come over to check me out. I don't have any fever, so she told me to just keep monitoring my temperature, and to call if anything changes.

For awhile I thought the pain was gone, but I guess it was just the effects of the morphine, because the pain started up again an hour or so ago. I took some more morphine and am waiting to see if it will work, so I can get to sleep (sleeping seems the best thing to do under the circumstances). I still don't have any fever, which is a good thing, but the pain is pretty bad. I guess I'll just have to see how things are in the morning.

I'm not sure what to do if I do have pneumonia...all I know is that I don't want to go to the hospital, and I'm not going to. Lauren said there's no reason to give me antibiotics unless I have a fever. I'm feeling anxious and scared.


  1. I am so sorry you are feeling pain. I am even more sorry you are feeling scared. My heart is with you, my prayers are for you. I know I am only a post from somewhere in cyberspace. I have been following you for awhile now, I truly care. I wish this hug could comfort you. Take care, Red

  2. Pneumonia is one of the things that takes us out of this life. You may have to decide if you want to fight it again or not. I don't think there is a 'right' answer but there is the one that works for you. Only you can know that and make such decisions.

  3. Judi,
    So sorry you are in pain and I totally understand about being scared. Is there any possibility it's related to that rib or cartilage thing you had recently, which would be unlikely to have healed completely, I would think. I know those things can be painful and then the not-knowing-what-it-is produces a lot of anxiety which makes all pain worse. (Just went to the emergency room Friday with a similar thing myself, very scary)
    I'm so bummed because you had been feeling better and were hopeful you might be able to do more interesting things. Hey, what about a reaction to the nebulizer? Could that be a possibility? Good luck and we're all rooting for you and wanting you to feel as well as possible. Much love from the Great Oven/aka the Great Plains