that time we thought I had pneumonia…

2 November 2013

Last weekend, on Sunday, I noticed a sore throat. I didn’t think much of it. It’d been out both Friday and Saturday, running around outside. And on Friday I was working with small children, so who knows what sort of germs I might had been around.

But my Monday, something didn’t feel right. There was a lot of pressure in my chest. The internet said it could be bronchitis, or some viral infection, or strep… So, mom suggested going to a walk-in clinic. I found a Minute Clinic near me, but after less than a minute with the nurse on hand, she sent me out. Apparently pressure in your chest along with other bronchial/coughing symptoms could mean pneumonia. And while she can treat something like bronchitis, they can’t treat pneumonia. My only choice is to go to an urgent care center.

There’s one not too far away, and I’ve been there before. Back in 2010 when I first had the worst of my endo problems, the urgent care center was the first place I went to. I do not have good memories of that place at all. But, I figured since they were looking at my lungs and not my ladybits, I’d give it another shot.

Things weren’t fun there, but I made it through. When the doctor was listening to my lungs, having me take really deep breaths, it felt like my throat was closing up and it took me a while to catch my breath again. When the nurse saw me crying — because not being able to breath properly is scary and not pleasant — he just said “Why are you crying? You’re fine.” Thanks jerkface, but obviously I’m not ok.

They take xrays of my lungs and then I get to go home and wait for the official results. They give me an antibiotic in the mean time.

As soon as I get home, I start experiencing the chills. I feel like utter crap. I was developing a really bad fever. I check my temperature every 2 hours and it’s steadily climbing. By the end of the night, it’s over 102. After sweating through the night, the fever thankfully broke the next day.

I’ve been a coughing mess since. But I did get word that it’s not pneumonia. I haven’t slept through the night completely yet. Even with NyQuil, I still wake up a few times a night coughing. My appetite came back shortly after my fever broke. And really, now, I feel back to normal with the exception that my throat still feels all tight/clogged and I’m still having bad coughing fits. (Actually, they’re almost getting worse, but I think it’s because my body’s trying to hack this gunk out.)

Basically, the moral of this story is: If you have chest pains/pressure during a cold it’s not good, don’t go to crappy urgent care centers, and always, always drink lots of fluids.

  • Ugh, I cannot stand those urgent care places. I was sick for about 6 weeks last year– I went to these drive-thru doctors and was diagnosed with a cold…the flu…bronchitis…streppe…. and then eventually went to a real doctor and found out I actually did have pneumonia. Like $400 of copays later. Psh. Those doctors must have flown with the phoenix– I remember one of them asking me to PICK my own diagnosis, like we were playing Go Fish. If it really worked that way then I’d pick something that would really set me out as special.

    Linked to you from 20sb and will be adding you to my reader, can’t say no to a wanna be type nerd.

    • Erini

      I’ve never liked doc-in-the-boxes… (One almost did serious harm to my brother by misdiagnosing type 1 diabetes with just a bad flu. His blood glucose was so high, the doctors had no clue why he wasn’t in a coma.) Sadly, being unemployed for the moment (come on ACA!), it means I have few options. Infections like these aren’t urgent enough for ERs so you’ll sit in triage for hours and hours and hours… UGH.

      Anyway, thanks for the follow! 🙂

  • Oh no! Hope you’re feeling better. I’m really, really prone to bronchitis in the fall, & I have a lot coming up in the next month & a half, including a move & a massive conference for work, so I basically wake up every day hoping against hope that I don’t come down with something before it’s all over.

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