This week I have ended up taking an unplanned break from online life and my site. My week instead has involved several doctors appointments, a trip to Urgent Care one night, lots of medicine, and quite a few bowls of soup.
I have mentioned before that I have asthma. Generally it is under control, especially over the last few years, but this week I was reminded that I do in fact still have asthma. Not that I ever thought it went away. I know it won’t. It is just that the last few years my asthma has been so under control, that I have kind of taken it for granted. Yes, it is there, but I don’t really think about it much anymore.
Last Saturday I mentioned in my menu planning post that I thought I was coming down with something. As the day wore on I definitely knew I was sick, as were two of my kids.
By Sunday I could tell it was going to be a nasty cold. My chest and breathing were just not right. By Monday night I was really struggling to breathe. Basically I felt like I had a ton of bricks sitting on top of my chest. If you have asthma I am sure you know what I mean. Every breath hurt and at times was quite a struggle.
My husband insisted I go to Urgent care Monday night. I have had bronchitis and pneumonia more times than I can count in my life, that is part of living with asthma since I was very young kid, so I knew he was right. I needed to get some medicine quickly before it got a lot worse.
Bronchitis was the diagnosis, which I was relived about, because pneumonia is always harder for me to recover from. After a couple days on multiple medicine I am starting to feel slightly better, but am far from back to normal. I still get out of breath just walking across the room.
I usually have several recipes and post done ahead, but not this week. I had Monday’s post done and that was it. So, it might be quiet here over the next few days. I hope to get my menu plan posts up on Saturday, but things might not be back to normal here until next week. I know from past experience it will take me a few weeks to totally get back to my normal self.
And I will add that I really do have something to be thankful for in all this. I used to suffer with terrible asthma. I would get bronchitis and pneumonia multiple times a year. Really I have had both more times than I can possibly count.
What I am grateful for is that I have not had bronchitis in three or four years and it has been at least ten years since I ended up at Urgent Care or Minor Emergency for my asthma. I think it has been closer to twelve years since I had pneumonia. That in and of itself is pretty amazing, especially with my history. So although my week has gone nothing like I planned, I am very grateful that this is something I don’t deal with nearly as much as I used to. This really has been a reminder of what a blessing it is that my asthma has been so under control.
The other thing I am grateful for this week is simply breathing. Anyone that has asthma knows what I mean by saying that. Breathing is something we have to do to live, but it is something we take for granted because we just do it. But when you go through a time, or days, when just simply breathing is a struggle, it really makes you appreciate just being able to take a breath without complications.
Really sometimes it is the little things that we need to be thankful for because they are not that little. Being sick often reminds us of that.