Thursday, August 06, 2009

Another Pneumonia Update

Well, I guess I over-did it last Sunday. I went back to the doctor yesterday and was told that if I didn't give my body time to heal, I'd get to visit a hospital for a week or so. SOOOO, with that in mind, I've taken a week off to heal. I've gotten someone to preach for me on Sunday, someone to teach my Sunday School class, and someone to print the bulletins for this Sunday.

When I went back to the doctor, I was still running a fever of 100 degrees. I was given a second round of antibiotics, another inhaler, and some cough syrup (with codeine!) I'm also taking Mucinex to get rid of the chest congestion.

I learned two things yesterday: it's gonna take me a whole month before I start feeling normal again (whatever "normal" is) and summer pneumonia is occurring in greater numbers this summer (along with other bronchial disorders) than in any other time in recent memory). My doctor told me that they expect some sort of a notice from the CDC or at least the Oklahoma Health Department any day now!

With all that said, I'm sitting in my La-Z-Boy, watching the girls play "Guitar Hero" on Wii, catching up on a little blogging and some reading. I'm afraid it's going to be a very long week. It was very interesting, however, to hear the doctor say, "If you really care about your congregation, you'll put yourself "first" right now. You won't be any good to them if you end up in the hospital with a relapse!"

OK, ok, I'll take it easy.

4 comments:

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Interesting and great advice the doctor gave. I think as pastors that is one of the hardest things to do...slow down. We want to keep going and show the enemy, the people in the church, the town, our family, even ourselves that we are tough. Then we wonder why we don't heal or go downhill instead of getting better. Get well Rick. Take care of yourself. As someone has told me: "use this time to spend it with God." Praying "dangerous" prayers for you each day.

Anonymous said...

A co-worker returned from Cuba in June sick and was told he would have 'it' for a month. He did. I was so thankful I did NOT have 'it.' Well, I returned from the DR three weeks ago with 'it.' Still have 'it.' Yuk.
BTW: has anyone noticed there are almost 25 different types of toilet paper for sale these days?
Get well brother.
B & J S

Rick said...

Thanks, Bill!

Bob, TP???? I'd rather talk about Cuba!!!!

Quinn Hooks said...

Praying for you and listen to the doctor.