When I wrote my post on Saturday defining my day's, I honestly didn't want anymore things to write about for my Wellness Wednesdays! I was just going to cover the topics we already had! HUH.
Tristin developed a dry cough and clear runny nose last week and - with the warm weather - I just figured that it was allergy's. Over the weekend the running nose turned the yummy green color and the cough increased and got "thick". His energy levels plummeted a little. Joe came home early on Saturday and stayed home Sunday because he was sick. He even fell asleep during the Superbowl so I KNOW he was sick. Sunday night Tristin could hardly sleep because of his cough and I kept him home from school on Monday. OH! Was he off the HOOK on Monday. But his nose eased up and went back clear. And by Monday afternoon I felt like crap and was nauseated and everything else pleasant. So keeping up with Tristin and him terrorizing his sisters... well my patience was just not happening. Anyway, he had another rough night and by Tuesday morning I was ready for some non-Tristin time. When Joe found out that I was going to send Tristin to school he just about ate my head for breakfast. And informed me that I needed to call the Doctor. Excuse me? Who's the mom here? Who knows best?? Well he ended up being right. (GASP! Oh the HORROR!)
I took Tristin to the Dr. and he has "Almost Pneumonia". Was I really so sick and out of it that I couldn't see the need my son had? And what the heck is "Almost Pneumonia"? And if I am that out of it, why isn't someone taking care of me? Oh that's right, I'm the MOM and no one takes care of me when I am sick. AND it doesn't matter that I am sick because there are things to be done around the house, meals to be made and no one else knows where things are and how to do them. Humph. LIKEOHMYGOSH! Unfair!
Anyway, Tristin is on antibiotics for 5 days but CAN go back to school tomorrow. YEA! However, Keriana has picked up the sickness and she seems more worse off than any of us. But the Dr. wont give her an antibiotic until she's had the cough for at least 7 days. We're on day 3. I am worried because I can't get her to eat or drink much and she is asking for medicine every 3 hours or so. She has very little energy and is pretty pale. But we're limping through as best we can. We're both fighting temperatures and aches. I am just grateful I DON'T have the cough and runny nose.
So today I thought I would do a post on PNEUMONIA.... just for the heck of it since I was looking it all up anyway.
WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
Pneumonia is a serious infection and/or inflammation of your lungs. The air sacs in the lungs fill with pus and other liquid. Oxygen has trouble reaching your blood. If there is too little oxygen in your blood, your body cells can't work properly. Because of this and spreading infection through the body pneumonia can cause death.
CAUSES OF PNEUMONIA
Pneumonia is not a single disease. It can have over 30 different causes. There are five main causes of pneumonia:
Other infectious agents, such as fungi - including pneumocystis
VIRAL PNEUMONIA (This is the one Tristin was diagnosed as having)
Symptoms: The initial symptoms of viral pneumonia are the same as influenza symptoms: fever, a dry cough, headache, muscle pain, and weakness. Within 12 to 36 hours, there is increasing breathlessness; the cough becomes worse and produces a small amount of mucus. There is a high fever and there may be blueness of the lips.
Symptoms: The onset of bacterial pneumonia can vary from gradual to sudden. In the most severe cases, the patient may experience shaking chills, chattering teeth, severe chest pain, and a cough that produces rust-colored or greenish mucus. A persons temperature may rise to as much as 105*F
Symptoms: The most prominent symptom of mycoplasma pneumonia is a cough that tends to come in violent attacks, but produces only sparse whitish mucus. Chills and fever are early symptoms, and some patients experience nausea or vomiting. Patients may experience profound weakness that lasts for a long time.
To read further information and to find out about the other kinds of pneumonia you can go to The American Lung Association.
Hope you are all feeling better than we are!