Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Personal Update

I don’t think I have ever been so sick. Last week I did not come in to the church at all; I turned over the Saturday night worship service to Adam; I spent most of the time in my recliner under a blanket drinking apple juice and blowing my nose.

(By the way, thanks be to God on high for Puffs Plus.)

The nurse at the doctor’s office said that she probably could just photocopy my symptoms and change the name for the few hundred people they had seen with fever, cough, runny nose, and congestion. The worst thing was that my energy level was zero; I just couldn’t do anything. It was a major undertaking to walk across the living room. The doctor said that it probably started out as the flu and then became an upper respiratory infection. The good news is that my lungs were clear – no pneumonia.

Anyway, I’m back at it now. I’m feeling more energy than I have in two weeks, and have been able to come in to the office and get some catching up done. It’s amazing how much work piles up after just a few days out. I have a prescription of antibiotics to take care of the infection, and I’m almost through those, then a follow-up appointment at my doctor on Friday.

Here’s a funny thing: when my doctor was asking me questions to try to figure out how I had gotten sick he said, “So have you spent any time around sick people?” I just kind of smiled at him and said, “I’m a pastor. It’s kind of a part of my job.” And I was very diligent in all my hospital visits to wash my hands in every room, keep my distance from people, all that stuff. So I don’t think I got sick in the hospital; it was just a thing.

But it feels good to be back – I’ll do a “real” post later this week, most likely.


Anonymous said...

glad you're back, dude.


DogBlogger said...

Me too!

Liked your comment over on the Bish's blog... the ol' prayer-request-card-as-suggestion-box! Not the first time for that tactic, nor the last, I'm sure. Sheesh.

Art said...

Been there, done that, and didn't even get a daggone T-shirt.

Glad you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...


Glad to learn that you are getting better. I'm fighting a similar battle myself at the moment.


RevErikaG said...

Glad you're on the mend, Andy!
I had it too...had to just sit back and journey with it...

Anonymous said...

Whoops! I've been teling everyone that you had pneumonia. It might as well have been, from the way you felt and how long you were down. Glad that you are up and at it again. And yes, it is amazing how much catching up there is to do when you come back from something like that. Take care. Love, Mom