Date: 02-05-2007, 01:15 PM (1 of 3)
It seems like it has been forever since I've been at my favorite site here! A couple months ago I came down with pneumonia, it came on so fast, I thought I was going to suffocate (drown). Thank goodness for the right antibiotics. I'm a pretty slim build and can't affford to lose any weight so when I got sick and couldn't keep food in me I got very weak. I'm good now, but gaining weight has always been tough. Thank goodness none of my kids caught it from me. I've been told by a couple acquaintances who have had pneumonia that they are now much more susceptable to getting it again and again. Why would this be? I am normally a very healthy active person. I have always been around children (being a teacher and now having 3 of my own) and do my best at hand washing often but still get my share of colds. Any tips from any of you with experience would be appreciated.
Anyway, I'm glad to be back here, and I have done a little bit of sewing so I'll get a couple pictures posted asap!
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Date: 02-05-2007, 01:27 PM (2 of 3)
So glad you are feeling better. I haven't had a lot of experience with pneumonia except when my daughter was 18 months old. I worried about her susceptibility and they told me at that time that it was viral and shouldn't make her more vulnerable. She is now 21 and has always been healthy - rarely even a cold. I worry more about my husband though since he is a severe asthmatic and is more likely to pick things up.
Anyway, I am sure you are grateful to be feeling better. I hate being sick myself.
PS I am also a teacher - 7th grade Geography right now, but I have taught every grade 1 through 8.
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Date: 02-05-2007, 02:57 PM (3 of 3)
I think that the susceptability only lasts for a period of time. I'd like to say a short period but it depends somewhat on the individual. My daughter had two bouts with about 6 months in between when she was about 4 but has not had it since.
Some people (and she is one of them) seem to cop everything that goes around. Being a teacher probably exposes you to most of them so it wouldn't help.
There are things you can do to improve your immune system - echinacea is probably the most popular. It does seem to work better for some than others though (works for my son but not really my daughter). Making sure the vitamin intake is okay (from food if possible, from a supplement if not) and plenty of exercise will make a difference. Also get plenty of sleep.
These are fairly common sense things we all know but sometimes let lapse (for me especially the exercise) so its worth keeping them in mind. However as a mother I bet you're guilty of not resting and looking after yourself when you get ill and so something that might have been relatively mild can become a lot worse.
So good luck and take care of yourself.
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