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06 December 2008 @ 04:25 pm
I'm not even half-way through the wikipedia article on pneumonia, and I'm freaking out.

I hate that the only reason I know I have it is because the pharmacist at KP finally looked up my chart and saw the note that my x-ray was positive for it, that the x-ray was taken Monday, that the only time someone tried to inform me of it was when they called my mom on Thursday to say I had an antibiotic prescription waiting for me, but didn't leave a phone number or reason said prescription was issued, that nobody was able to determine who, exactly, issued the prescription (!), that I keep getting disconnected every time I talked to someone at new members services, that because I didn't have a primary physician new members services was the only department that was willing to help me, that before I knew I had pneumonia the only advice I could get from KP over the phone was to go ahead and take the meds, because the chance that they were meant for someone else and the patient #s got mixed up was "extremely unlikely", that because I went ahead and choose a doctor by my house while on the phone, no subsequent department I went to at the harbor city location could print out anything or help me with my questions because "only [my] doctor can release that information", that I can assume it's bacterial pneumonia because of the antibiotics, but other than that I don't have a freakin' clue what's going on, if it's contagious, etc., etc., that the guy who set me up with a primary wouldn't give me her contact info, because "her office will get in touch with you", and that said office has, in fact, not done so.

Also I hate how much my chest hurts. Ow.
sheafrotherdon on December 7th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
You absolutely need to talk to a doctor. No doubt about it.

Second, REST. Immediately. DO NOTHING. Your body needs rest to heal, and pneumonia is a disease that you really have to trust your body to take care of. That's not to say there aren't medical solutions, and if they've prescribed antibiotics then yes, it's a good bet you have bacterial pneumonia. But regardless, you have to rest, even though you're going to be bored out of your mind.

Take a look at the advice people gave me while I've been battling my own lung troubles. http://sheafrotherdon.livejournal.com/325637.html . Ginger / Lemon tea helped me a lot, as did hot showers, and resting. And for me, being able to do something - choose to drink the Ginger tea, the thyme tea, take the shower etc - helped me feel like I was in more control while I was struggling to breathe. I've been sick for eight and a half weeks now, and that wasn't even pneumonia - treat yourself as if you're fragile, love, because you are.

vorpal pen: AH MUNNA EAT CHOO! by agent00vorpal_pen on December 12th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Aww! ::smishes you::

I still haven't talked to the doctor directly, but I've spoken to her assistants, and they gave me some literature on pneumonia, and they said I have a x-ray set up toward the end of January to follow up, and if I'm still really bad I can schedule an appointment to see the doctor next week. The problem is, I've had all these symptom for months, really on and off for years, it's only that recently they've started to become more severe- not being able to work out as long on the rowing machine as normal before breathing becomes an issue, or more severe acid reflux complications, for example. So, I really don't have a baseline to differentiate between the pneumonia and my normal asthma and chest pain.

I really did rest today- sat on the couch and marathon'd NCIS and bad musicals and it was FANTASTIC. I wish I could have rested more *before* today, but with finals and my normal insomnia, it just couldn't happen -with the notable exceptions of when my body just crashed. Let me rephrase- I rested, just not in a way that probably helped very much. :(

Your advice is fantastic- I just wish I had the time to make use of it more.