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#1 CFMBabs

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:08 AM

In the past I've suffered with Pneumonia although it was almost 10 years ago. I was due to have my yearly flu jab when I caught a cold from my daughter. It's been one of those type of colds that you never can tell whether it will develop properly or just go away as a sniffle.

I went to bed early last night full of aching joints, headache and generally feeling pretty lousy. I got up this morning, a bit stuffy but then I was sick right after a cup of coffee which I didn't really want in the first place. Since then I can feel myself deteriorating and my chest is tight. I'm feeling cold but I'm hot and no end of paracetamol is making any difference.(I have to put it through my tube) I feel very nausiuos and lightheaded.

I'm off to the doctor's tomorrow -- I've missed morning surgery! I think I may need antibiotics.
I hardly ever post on the board these days and I hope you don't mind me venting, it's been one of those weeks. My internet isn't working properly and if this get's through I will be amazed.

I hope I'm not about to waste my doctor's time. The last thing I want is her scolding me for making the trip with a cold, but I don't think it is! It's either flu or Pneumonia, I remember the early symptoms all too well!

Hope you are all keeping reasonably well!
Best wishes
Barbara xxx

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:33 AM

Hi Barbs,

I'm sorry you're sick (or more aptly, sick on top of sick). I hope you get some answers, and hopefully a remedy, soon from your doctor. I'm sending extra warm hugs your way!
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#3 debonair susie

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:59 AM

Hi Barbs,

You poor thing...I am so sorry you have been so sick.

As Shelley said...hope you are able to get some answers as to why!

This last weekend, I was struck down with something too... not sure what it was,
but thankfully my hubby didn't get sick.

I'm feeling better...no longer a "loo resident" :( On Saturday, 1/2 of my awake time, was spent
there...thinking maybe mine was an intestinal thing.

At any rate, please, please let us know how you are doing? We get worried aboutcha, girlfriend!

Soft Hugs,
Susie
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:12 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I guess we all have our own burdens too and I hope you are doing well now Susie

I faced my arch enemy as I walked into the general practitioner's room. I was simply bowled over by her attitude. We have never seen eye to eye -- she doesn't know about sclero and doesn't want to, the result is I don't go maybe not as often as I should. However I had to go yesterday and face her, I didn't really have a choice.
She confronted me with a huge smile and then frowned as she remarked upon my weight. She told me to sit down, asked how much weight I'd lost in total and then asked how I was, although it was quite clear there was something wrong --- I looked like I'd been dragged through a thorn bush, got wet and left out to dry. She looked through my history. Out came the file which looked like war and peace, and she said "We can't take any chances because of your past problems"
She gave me antibiotics without examining me, then decided before I left to just give me the once over. I do have a chest infection at the top of my lungs and if it were left I'd probably be in trouble today.
I took two doses last night (Amoxycillan) and I have to say that apart from a dry tickly cough and a thumping headache -- I feel much better.

Thanks again -- much love and little hugs
Barbara xxx

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:30 PM

So glad you are feeling better this morning Barbara. You simply can't mess around with chest infections, so hopefully with a few more doses of the antibiotics you will feel fine. I was surprised to hear how your general practitioner reacted to you perhaps she's softening as she gets older & maybe will listen more to you now.

Take Care

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 03:38 AM

Barbara,
I am so glad that you got in to see the doctor. I hope that you are feeling much better today. Take care of yourself!
Nan

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 03:59 AM

Barb, glad you got in to see the doctor. I hope your feeling better by now. Take care glad to see you post. Havent seen ya around. Sam
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 08:21 AM

Well, Barbs,

Despite past "differences"... it sounds as thought the doctor did help you...I sure hope you feel better and better with each passing day.

Not to diminish how you felt, I LOVED your analogy, Barbs :rolleyes:
I would say I felt like I had been pulled through a knothole and looked like I had been dragged thorugh a marsh :P

At any rate, I hope all who have been feeling more ill...begin to feel better very soon.

Soft and Loving Hugs to all!

Susie
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:16 AM

Hi Barb

I'm a little late checking in...but glad to hear that you are now on the mend....I liked your analogy too!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 04:37 AM

Hello Barb,

I had a general practitioner "for awhile" who sounds similar to yours. I never knew what to expect when I went to see her. One time she would be so caring and concerned and then the next time she would be very abrupt and sometimes a little hateful. Once, she was looking at the medications I was taking and wanted to know "Who told you to take THAT!!? I wouldn't have!" Well, guess what, she did!!. She lost quite a few patients. On her good days though, I really liked her. She was a 'before scleroderma' doctor.

Hope you're continuing to improve.

Take care,
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 05:22 PM

Barbs,

Hope you are much on your way to being well from your infection. Had to let you know I love your bloggs.

Gentle thoughts,

Judy
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