It’s funny. I was just sitting here, feeling the nice cool autumn breeze. So refreshing!
For some unfathomable reason, I started to think about that time a few years ago. I had been fighting asthma for a few weeks, and no matter what I did, it seemed to just keep getting worse. I was a fifth grade teacher at the time, and I had to talk all day. I had to talk over 25 happy ten year olds. I had to talk over the sound of the kids in the hallway and the kids in the cafeteria.
My throat was always sore and I was hoarse. And the asthma was making me short of breath and a little dizzy.
I remember that I was on two different inhalers, an antihistamine by day and a different one by night, a nose spray and some herbal things.
That cough just kept building up on me. But you know what? I was a typical working woman. I just kept plugging along. I didn’t miss one day of school.
Finally, though, I did break down and go the doctor. He told me that I had a fairly serious case of bronchitis and was “well on the way” to pneumonia. He changed one of my inhalers, added prednisone and a strong antibiotic.
He suggested that I take a few days to recuperate.
But I was a fifth grade teacher, with 25 kids depending on me. Plus, it was the week of our annual three day camping adventure in the woods of New Hampshire. I tried to drink extra water and eat well. I went to bed early when I could.
I didn’t stay home, though. I didn’t go to bed.
Actually, I packed my bag and grabbed all my medicines. Then I got on the big yellow bus and took 75 fifth graders on a camping trip in the cold rain.
You know why?
Because I’m a woman. I just didn’t think a little pneumonia would be that big a deal.
8 thoughts on “Aw, what’s a little pneumonia anyway?”
Sometimes we take chances with our health in life and it works out in the end, but sometimes it doesn’t, like with Jim Henson.
Very cool, we women are more than resilient!!! Rock on.
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Sounds like me when I was a teacher and a lot of other strong, resilient women I know…so what’s the big deal, really? Right? I am woman, hear me roar!!!!
Ha! I say that to Paul all the time!!
So irritated by the big deal they are making about this pneumonia. Great post. 😉
Better post than a field trip, I think….
That was the time DRD shared his inhaler with me!
Since I ended up in a wheelchair I get pneumonia at least a couple of times a year. It’s no fun but, like you, I’m a woman who just can’t stay down.
Ugh, I’m sorry, Elizabeth! But I love that you won’t stay down!
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