jenepherre: (BJ 104 Early Night)
I slept lying down last night!! I haven't done that for 3+ weeks! It's so much easier to sleep when you're lying down. I still woke up a few times, but I didn't have any major coughing fits, so that was nice.

I am still coughing and congested and run down and everything, but being able to sleep more normally is a major breakthrough IMO. I do go back to the doctor tomorrow at noon to check on things, but overall I feel - I hope - I'm past the worst of it. Keep your fingers crossed for me. And don't any of you get sick either! I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Another Update

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 10:45 pm
jenepherre: (PATD Rydon sweaty plaid hugs)
So... I just had a particularly violent coughing spell and... not too gross, but it seems considerate to put it behind a cut anyway... )
I so adore you guys for your healing vibes and kind words and I hope you'll forgive me for not replying to each of you personally. I do a crappy job of keeping up on your lives, and yet you're continually there for me. I hope you all know how much that means to me. ::hugs::

In my one bit of good news, [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia and I both managed to snag presale VIP tickets (which sold out in about 7 minutes) to the Panic at the Disco concert in San Francisco on April 10th. YAY!!!!!!! Not only do I get to see Panic perform, I also get to see Motion City Soundtrack and The Hush Sound (and another band I don't know) - both of whom I also love - who are opening for Panic. And just as important - I get to meet [livejournal.com profile] darksylvia! I ♡ her so much - even though because she got me addicted to Panic - and now we get to squee about them together and in person!! I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Panic may have dropped the ! from their name, but there are still plenty of reasons to use it in relation to them. hehe) Thank the deity-of-your-choice that it's not until April. Plenty of time for me to get over this damned demon supercold.

Update

Monday, January 28th, 2008 12:19 pm
jenepherre: (Eeyore's Gloomy Place)
Still sick. Literally no better than I was two weeks ago. Slightly worse, actually. Going to the doctor at 4pm today. I'm not particularly hopeful that it'll do a lot of good, but it'll make Mom feel better if I go. Heh.

Can't sleep. Can't lay down in bed 'cause I start coughing like crazy. So I sit up against a bunch of pillows and sort of doze a bit when my body lets me. Then when I wake up, I'm 20x more congested than I was when I closed my eyes, and I was already super congested. Um... point being, I AM SO FUCKING EXHAUSTED I CAN'T STAND IT.

Every few days, I think I'm starting to feel a little bit better, and think that maybe - just maybe - I'm over the worst of it. Then within hours of thinking that, it slams me again. What is this thing? Not just a Supercold - it's a Supercold with demon powers or something.

Anyway... yeah.

And since I saw it in [livejournal.com profile] mlleelizabeth's LJ and was curious and it required basically no physical or mental exertion on my part...

HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
906
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


* There are 1,416,057 people in the U.S. with the first name Jennifer.
* Statistically the 21st most popular first name.

* There are 194,480 people in the U.S. with the last name *********.
* Statistically the 146th most popular last name.

Ooooh. I'm so popular. ::sigh::

Did you know...

Thursday, January 24th, 2008 05:01 am
jenepherre: (BBM Jack Ennis Caress)
...that it's possible to hyperventilate just by taking slow, supposedly calming breaths? It is. And apparently I'm prone to doing just that. Long, deep slow breaths - which seem like they should be calming - are just as bad as frequent, rapid short breaths. Either way, you keep doing it and you'll be losing too much CO2 and your hands and feet and lips will get all numb and eventually you'll pass out. (Learned this the other night on the way to the ER from a really cute paramedic with a southern accent. Life isn't all bad.)

Posting right now mainly because [livejournal.com profile] big_brian_o said:
there is a super cold as they call it going around. It is said to be horrible.

To which I replied:
Really? That would pretty much describe it. Antibiotics do nothing for it since it's viral, not bacterial, but it's worse than any cold I can imagine. Because it's so bad, it keeps getting misdiagnosed - I started out with a diagnosis of bronchitis. Mom and Dad are both sick with the same thing, yes, though not nearly as bad.

They did run a crapload of tests on me when I was in the ER and were able to tell me that I'm doing everything I can possibly do to get better. It just has to run its course, which seems to be a much longer course than any cold they've dealt with in recent memory.

I have to admit this is one of those times when the benefits of being raised Mormon are somewhat worthwhile. The Relief Society (the church's women's organization) has been bringing us dinner every night, and there's always someone we can call if we need something picked up at the pharmacy or whatever.

I'm having occasional moments now where I feel a bit better, so I'm taking that as a good sign, but trying not to push it either. I have read every single one of your comments and e-cards and whatnot and appreciate every one of them. I've got some awesome friends, obviously.

And before I crawl back to bed, I simply must say...

Rest In Peace, Heath. You and your talent will be sorely missed.



jenepherre: (FOB Pete's forehead on Patrick's shoulde)
I just had one of my horrible wheezing attacks right in the middle of a bad coughing fit. I really thought I wasn't going to be able to catch my breath, and was afraid that even if I did, I'd just start with the coughing again. And even though it sounds incredibly loud to me when it's happening, Mom slept right through it, while Dad got up and went to the bathroom and went back to bed all without being aware of it at all. I'm gonna get a bell I can ring - or maybe a foghorn - in case something like this happens again. Although the truth is, there wouldn't be much they could do other than comfort me. I have an inhaler, of course, but if you have no control over your breathing it's pretty damn hard to use an inhaler.

I feel like there's a 2 ton weight sitting on my chest.

My doctor thinks I'm just not being patient enough - that I need to give the antibiotic more time to work. Maybe, but are you supposed to get worse before you get better? And it's been 4+ days now. I've had very little sleep. I'm *really* trying to get lots of fluids in me, but it's probably still not enough. I haven't really had a fever at all though. But nothing relieves the cough and it's just *so* painful. And I'm just so incredibly exhausted that I can even begin to describe it.

Gonna try and go back to sleep now, if I can.

BTW, for the non-Fall Out Boy fans, the subject line of my post is one of their song titles. I just popped into my head and seemed oddly appropriate for this post.

Worse

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 01:41 pm
jenepherre: (Default)
As of right now, I'm noticeably worse than I was before I went to the doctor on Monday rather than starting to get better. My throat is even more red than it was and I'm so zonked out... can barely keep my eyes open. Can't eat much of anything. Coughing up yellow stuff now - wasn't doing that before. Mom has a call into the doctor for me - we'll see what they say. Both Mom and Dad have more minor versions of this bug now too. I almost - ALMOST - want them to put me in the hospital for the duration so Mom and Dad won't have to take care of me. Will keep you posted when possible, and when I can't, someone will have access to this LJ to update you for me.

Having said all that, I'm probably making a big deal out of nothing. Keep your fingers crossed that it is indeed nothing more than we already know it to be.

Yep, I'm sick...

Monday, January 14th, 2008 04:58 pm
jenepherre: (Default)
Bronchitis. Got antibiotics and cough syrup with codeine. Gonna try to make myself stay offline for a couple of days. We'll see how that goes.
jenepherre: (Eeyore - wasn't meant to bounce)
[whine] I'm siiiiiick. [/whine] Screw that. I don't have the energy or the voice to whine. i hope this is just a head cold... i hope this is just a head cold... i hope this is just a head cold...

But I swear I can feel pus pockets developing in the back of my throat. That's not really the bad part though. )

Having said all that, I actually do have something positive to say. Two awesome people are having birthdays today, and although it'd probably be better to put this in a separate post, I'm not going to so I can go to bed sooner. Sorry ladies! I still wish you both many happy returns of the day.



Happy Birthday Birthday CakeQAFHappy!!

and

Happy Birthday Birthday BalloonsMsJudi!

Celebrate!

Have some champagne with Brian to celebrate!

jenepherre: (Me Zwinky blah)
Huge thanks to everyone for their well wishes on my last post.  It must have helped - no pus pockets here!  It was 'just' a cold, although I feel like I'm still recovering from it.  I've just been exhausted and sleeping a ridiculous number of hours a day - though never more than 2 or 3 hours at a time UGH.  Add to that my monthly loathing of my uterus and my gradually increasing problems - back, neck and chest pain and headaches - due to my over-sized boobs... and things aren't fun physically.  But... that's all taking a back seat for the moment. 

Mom spent most of the day in the emergency room today.  Her blood pressure was really low (74/46) and she was really dizzy and lightheaded and nauseated.  They gave her IV fluids and did a ton of lab work and got her BP back up into the normal range.  The lab work really didn't show anything that just jumped out and said "this is what caused the drop in BP."  There were a few levels that were slightly off, but nothing really significant.  She's home tonight, but still not feeling well and has a doctor's appt. tomorrow.  I've had major issues with her doctor's prescribing habits for years now, and the fact that he's had her on BP medicine when she hasn't had high blood pressure in quite some time and has never had excessively high blood pressure makes me especially irritated now.  I've never met the man, but I plan to tomorrow.  One way or another, I'm going to that appointment with her.  I've been 'threatening' to accompany my Mom to one of her doc appointments for a long time now, and this ER visit today was the last straw.  There have been all sorts of other medication issues too, but I won't get into all that here.  My Dad sees this same doctor and has had the same kinds of problems with prescribing issues.  Nothing illegal, mind you.  Just an excessive belief in 'better living through chemicals' and dosing and drug choices that constantly make us all go "huh?"  So we'll see what he has to say tomorrow.

Now, I must try to get some decent, restful sleep.  Drugs will probably be necessary.

(no subject)

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 09:25 pm
jenepherre: (Me Zwinky blah)
I'm sick.  Runny nose.  Massively sore throat.  Low grade fever.  Please please no pus pockets this time... please?

That is all.  Going back to bed.
jenepherre: (Eeyore - wasn't meant to bounce)
::content but exhausted sigh::

Made it home safe and sound (well, safe anyway.. hehe) late last night after an almost-too-long and yet not-quite-long-enough visit with my brother and his family in Virginia. I was sick most of the time I was there, but that quickly became a minor worry as my Mother got much sicker... we had to take her to the emergency room (the damned urgent care clinics out there refused to see her because she has Medicare ::angry grimace::). Diagnosis was COPD with possible pneumonia. She's doing some better now (much better stress-wise now that we're home, of course, so hopefully that will help her recovery), and she saw her own doctor this morning, got some different antibiotics, and he confirmed that she is slowing improving. So that's a relief. But it's pretty damn scary when your Mother tells you that she'd rather die than keep feeling the way she does.

Had a great time despite the health issues though. Saw some fantastic places, and took... not sure... somewhere around 500 pictures. Almost 200 of those were taken at Falling Water in southwest Pennsylvania. Incredible place. Gorgeous and just... amazing. Truly impressive. Planning to set up a gallery on one of my sites specifically for all the photos I've taken on this trip, and will share the link once it's up.

I've only scanned through my email for the past several days, but I did notice a number of birthday wishes - you guys are awesome! Thanks! I'll do my best to respond to each one personally, but I have to read them all first! :-)

Anyway... just wanted to check in and let you all know I got home okay. More later.

Hugs to all,
Jen

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