Coping With Pneumonia And Adrenal Insufficiency
Two days ago I went to the doctors because I’ve been really unwell for several weeks. It started out as a flu type virus which eventually spread to my lungs and whilst I’ve spent a lot of time in bed and resting lately, I didn’t expect things to get quite so bad. I was diagnosed with pneumonia.
What Is Pneumonia?
According to the research, Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the small air sacs known as alveoli. Typically symptoms include some combination of productive or dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing.
Pretty much I had a virus which eventually became really bad for my lungs and it eventually resulted in a trip to hospital. I’m currently home and have been resting in bed for several days. I have been struggling to breath and have a rattle on my lungs and chest.
In fact they call it crackles. I find I can breath best when I sit up and every so often I need to cough and clear my lungs to help me breath better.
Pneumonia and Adrenal Insufficiency
Having the illness I have means I have needed to increase my usual dose of steroids by 3. I have a double dose for my virus and chest infection but also any normal person would be on steroids to help strengthen the lungs in this situation so I am on triple medication.
I am tired and exhausted but I am wired. One of the symptoms of being on a lot of hydrocortisone for adrenal insufficiency is feeling wired and it gets worse at night.
The good news is I was able to sleep yesterday for five hours in the day and then again in the night until like 4am and then I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to write this and share what is going on.
I have asthma so am using my Ventolin Inhaler a lot to help with my wheeze and I’m also drinking lots of fluids, as much as I can.
I find getting up and walking around makes my condition worse. I need to rest up in bed, eat, drink, take antibiotics and give my body time to recover.
Heading Towards Adrenal Crisis
I had an adrenal episode where I began to go into an Adrenal Crisis. I had the usual stabbing pains in my chest, aching body, dizziness, vomiting and Diaorreah. I had to have an emergency injection of even more steroids and go to the A and E, where I was checked out and monitored.
As I am on the adrenal pump, the doctors felt I could potentially manage medicating myself at home, rather than being on a drip in the hospital and in a way I agree. There really is not much difference between being sick in bed at home and sick in hospital when I can give myself the medication I need at home.
I think the hardest part of being in hospital is being away from family so being at home is helping.
Why Write When I Am Unwell?
Some people have asked why do I write when I am unwell. Well the truth is I often write from the heart and say things as it is when I am sick. I find it so very easy to type my thoughts when I am unwell. I would struggle to write an article, or do research or other tasks but writing diary style “what is happening to me” is therapeutic when I am sick and so I shall continue to share.
Often when unwell you are Isolated from the real world and having a lifeline on social media can really help, especially when your bed bound and unable to go anywhere and talk to people for hours and hours.
So that is where I am at. I am hoping to improve over the coming days but expect to be a little more hungry than usual and to be wired at the wrong times as my meds do that to me when I need an extra dose.