Just a quick update:
After suffering the last three weeks from fever, a sinus infection, an ear infection (resulting in a ruptured eardrum,) an upper respiratory infection and pneumonia, I’m mostly recovered.
My stamina is returning; I spent all day at work on my feet today without needing any extra chair time.
But, I’ve still got chest congestion and my antibiotics run out today.
So, yesterday I went back to the medical professionals to see what was what and whether it’s safe to stop the antibiotics.
They checked my blood oxygen level and listened to my chest 12 different ways from Sunday, then concluded the pneumonia has likely cleared, but I have acute bronchitis.
Get it? The post title? acute bronchitis? A cute …
Ah, never mind.
Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes in the lungs. It was likely caused by pneumonia and a persistent cough. It’s kind of a bad feedback loop – the lungs get irritated which leads to congestion which leads to coughing which leads to more inflammation, etc.. I’d been consciously trying to cough up as much as I could. Now I’m coughing as little as possible to give my lungs a break.
It should clear up. They prescribed an inhaler to use as needed and recommended various over the counter drugs and told me to be alert for any return of fever or shortness of breath (signs the pneumonia is back.)
Otherwise, if it doesn’t clear up in two weeks, I go back for chest X-rays.
And that’s all.
I’m cautiously optimistic.
Here’s hoping it all clears up.