A brief status update

For the last couple of weeks I haven’t been feeling well, so forgive me for my lack of posts, if you are one of the happy readers that I try to entertain each week.  For whatever reason I came down with a case of pneumonia, which I have been fighting for the last few weeks.  I’m still recovering.  Needless to say, I haven’t been getting out much.

One of the things that I have had time to consider about my health recently has been that normally, I feel better than I have in the last 40 years of life.  My cardio, my weight, everything has been doing great and under control.   But when you have asthma, some things affect you many times worse than other people.  When I turned 44 this year, I felt the weight of all my years suddenly upon me.

It was not fun.

For the last week, I have missed five days of work and been in such a state of apathy and ennui I should have become a French philosopher.  Thanks to the modern marvel of antibiotics, I am recovering.  This morning, I haven’t been coughing stuff up.  I am still feeling pretty puny, but I have been able to catch up with work this morning fairly well.  I’ll spare you the grisly details.

What bothered me the most was as someone who is usually energetic, happy, and optimistic, this last week was really a struggle.  Sleeping, coughing until my ribs ached, counting my breaths as though each one were a precious commodity, and the general lack of feeling like my life would ever return to normal was crippling.

I hate feeling like this.  I don’t think I have felt this bad since last Winter, when a number of sleepless nights and some bronchitis dropped me, or even back when I was a kid with chronic strep throat.  I can tell you that many, many hours of cartoons were watched on my parents’ couch on those days when I was out sick from school.  I am not a fan of being incapacitated.

So, today I am writing about it, because I feel like I’ve made it through the worst and am just beginning to feel like my old, healthy self again.  Hopefully more posts will be forthcoming and I can stop feeling like I’ve been trampled by a 40 mule team.

I’m still here!

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