Unfortunately I don’t have much great news in terms of my health lately, which some of you may know already if you follow me closely on Snapchat (@LornaRaindrops). On Friday 20th, I started to not feel very well at all, my glands in my neck were really swollen and sore, my throat was sore and hurting, I had a headache and I generally felt unwell. This lasted until the Sunday and those symptoms went away and developed into a cough, body aches and feeling really horrible. My cough was getting really bad and it was constant, it wouldn’t stop at all, so every minute I was just barking all the time. I hardly got any sleep on Tuesday or Wednesday so trying to function with the M.E (which I need at least 7 hours sleep a night with) and cope with this was really draining.
On the Wednesday night I had got so bad with the coughing and the strain, I ended up having a nose bleed and my chest was burning and painful. I decided I needed to go to the doctors and she did all her checks and came to the conclusion that I have a type of chest infection based on the crackling in my lungs which are filled with mucus, a temperature and the rest of my symptoms. She wanted to sign me off of work but as I’m self employed and work for myself blogging, I’ve had to carry on as much as I can, in between resting loads. I’m on a mixture of antibiotics for 7 days, a cough medicine which helps bring up the mucus from my lungs and a tablet which helps take down pressure, swelling and inflammation.
Thursday was another bad night because as everything is loosening up in my lungs, the irritation in my throat to try and get it out was constant. I couldn’t stop coughing and I barely slept then either. Come Friday, I wasn’t very well at all. My chest has been burning even more, breathing is difficult, especially if I had to walk stairs or even walk a short distance, I become exhausted and it hurts. The chest infection has developed into a pneumonia (a milder one) and it’s awful. I tried to go out yesterday for a little while as I hadn’t left the house properly in 14 days and was getting so stressed out, but I overdid it way too much and last night and today has been so bad.
My cough has finally started to settle down, but I truly didn’t realise how much we take a normal lung function for granted. Since I have extremely healthy lungs normally, I didn’t know that having your lungs compromised like this would have such an effect on your whole entire body. I ended up sleeping until 1pm today and I’ve been really tired, exhausted and nauseous all day, coupled with still coughing a bit and chest pain all around my ribs. Pneumonia truly sucks. My fever has finally gone, I think, but I’m now getting chills.
I haven’t taken any outfit photos for you guys in 3 weeks (luckily I still have 2 in storage) and it’s getting me down not being able to stick to my normal routine. I’ve just been trying to take it really easy and that’s why I haven’t been able to update my blog much with new things of my own or my social media with new photos either since I look awful (photo above is from last month). I’m just finally happy that I am beginning to get better now. The cough isn’t as bad as it was and my chest, even though tight and burning, is loosening up and I’m finally able to dislodge and move the bad stuff around. I’m hoping the exhaustion, muscle pains and general feeling of unwell will go away soon, but the doctor did say it could be a week before it does. I just thought that I should update you all as you might wonder why my posts are lacking. Hopefully my next health update will be a lot more positive and happy. Lorna xx.