Friday, 8 November 2019

Pneumonia November 6, 2019

This is a serious issue in which I thought worthy to post these thoughts. I had been feeling a very slight tightness in the upper chest area as well as a slight shortness of breath for about two weeks. On November 1, 2019 I was registered to play golf in our BGC's 'Men's Hole In One' Tournament and Banquet. That day was particular cold at around 4 degrees Celsius with a fourty mph wind - a day that I would not normally play - but I teed off anyway because a commitment was a commitment. My foursome consisted of two thirty and two late seventy year olds. We didn't play very well, and I tightened up and just couldn't swing a club around the thirteenth hole. I 'picked up' and finished the round in the golf cart. At the end of the day I was fine; I was also fine on November 2, 3 and 4, but, on the 5th (which began without issues) around 5:00pm I was beginning to cough and feel irritable. That night I couldn't sleep due to the coughing and would decide in the morning to see a doctor in our neighbourhood whose first words were "You should have called 911." With her referral in my pocket Terryl and I drove to Trillium Hospital to begin their exploratory procedures. After blood pressure, blood samples, EKG, chest xrays and a few other examinations the young doctor diagnosed Pneumonia and prescribed 100mg Doxycycline and plenty of liquids for a week. In my medical history there has never been any issues like asthma or allergies that could have caused these symptoms. My knowledge of Pneumonia was weak and could be improved quite easily with Google close at hand: 
"Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. Bacteria, viruses and fungi cause it. The infection causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe." There is plenty more on google.ca if you are as curious as I am.  With information as well as the answers to frequent questions I concluded my ill-advised decision to golf in the cold was not the culprit - but to be that uncomfortable for that period of time was not the smartest thing to do for this 78 year old.
After two days of medication I feel better, the cough is still there, and I feel well enough to write this post. Additionally, I will need to be considerably better to continue on our wonderful cruise beginning December 12, 2019 in Dubai and ending January 21, 2020 in CapeTown South Africa. My fingers are crossed.
It's November 11, 2019 and after five days of medication I am better still, I spend the days in my chair with laptop and cozy desk exploring world literary and photographic exploits of which there is no discernible end. Currently it's The Kennedy Men and podcasts on all manner of subjects that lead to extraordinary sights and sounds. I make notes, I wonder if my health will be satisfactory soon enough to make our journey a pleasure, or one that challenges the wisdom of travel that may include medical assistance in unknown countries half way around the world. 

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Pneumonia November 6, 2019

This is a serious issue in which I thought worthy to post these thoughts. I had been feeling a very slight tightness in the upper chest are...