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Jan. 11th, 2006 @ 10:12 am how long does it take?
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In November I became really ill and found out after a few blood tests that I had a weird form of pneumonia...mycoplasma pneumonia. I had been in America for a few weeks before that and had been extremely active while I was there. I had gone hiking a minimum of 5 miles each day in the mountains of northern NJ and in the Catskills in NY (that was gorgeous!) and felt fantastic upon returning to Belgium. Within a week, I was stuck in bed with a fever of 103.

After trying 2 different anti-biotics, the third one finally did the job. Needless to say, I was wiped out, I had lost my voice and 12lbs in a very short time. So since mid-December, while I've felt so much better and reasonably normal, I still cough a lot, my heart races several times a day and I become exhausted after doing normal things like bringing groceries in from the car and my voice is still froggy.

I had blood work done yesterday and my doctor said everything was normal. He also said that the exhaustion and the racing heart are to be expected after being so ill. He told me that it will take months to get back to "normal." I was so surprised to hear that it could take that long.

Have any of you ever had pneumonia and if so, how long did it take you to recover completely?
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From:webwawa
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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wow
hope you get all better soon

i had it really bad as a kid because it was misdiagnosed.. after going to doctor 3rd time and getting chest xrays - it took me 2 weeks to recover, but got worse before better.. almost died.. my mom had me sleeping on a couch in her bedroom to make sure i kept breathing and they didnt want to move me to the hospital because they thought it would be too traumatic.. i remember my mom carrying me to the bathtub to get cleaned-up, and how food seemed totally revolting.

it took me gosh, a long long time to get my strength back - maybe 6 months. but i think that was from muscle atrophy - definitely try to do as much phsyical activity as you can to build your strength up ;)

-wawa
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
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wow, that must have been frightening for you and your parents. Six months sounds like such a long time.

Thanks for the advice...hubby and I went for a long walk last night and while I huffed and puffed, I felt good afterwards. ;)
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From:itsanythingbut
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Get well soon.
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
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thanks cowboy!
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From:scarybaldguy
Date:January 11th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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USA: making the rest of the world sick, literally.

I had it when I was five years old. From what I recall, it was a good month or so until I could breathe without assistance, and most of that time was spend in an O2 tent.
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)
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Gees...what a trauma for a 5 year old...like the boy in the plastic bubble! Notice any long term effects, like diminished lung capacity?
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From:novawildstar
Date:January 11th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

I'm so sorry that you've been so ill. I have been wondering where you'd been.

I had it when I was a kid and it seemed ages before I really felt like my self again. I remember Mom having to help me into the bath and back out again.

Get well soon!!
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
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God, so many people seemed to have it as a kid. I feel fine mentally and physically most of the time, except when I have to make some kind of physical exertion.

Thanks for your good wishes!
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From:novawildstar
Date:January 12th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Just take things easy but try and push your self a little harder every day, not to much but just enough if you know what I mean.

I hope you and Nem come back soon I have missed both of you!

*hugs*
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From:bezigebij
Date:January 11th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I didn't realize that you had been so sick. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. Take care of yourself.
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
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Thanks...no, I didn't mentioned it at all.
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From:2facedman
Date:January 11th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Good to see you back here!!! Don't have any experience with pneumonia but I really hope you'll be back to normal in time... if it takes that much time as yu say, then it has to be that time. Hope you're not to exhausted to fill in the blog from time to time huh, best wishes!
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From:barkingcat
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks for such nice comments. yeah, I decided to come back here for a while to see how everyone is doing. Now I have to start reading!
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