Monday, January 07, 2008

Bronchitis Sucks!

I decided I needed to check in since some of you were worried about me. This has been my life for way longer than I thought it would be. Medication, inhaler, bed rest, the remote control, magazines, vicks vapor rub, Valerian root, water and lots of sonic ice. The coughing continues to beat me down. I cough all through the night too, so sleep is minimal at best. Poor Mark has to listen to it. He's a better sleeper than I am though. I've actually coughed a rib out of place. Sometimes I think my head will explode. I am doing a little better, but still have a difficult time catching my breath after I've walked upstairs or done anything remotely physical. It takes a lot out of me, then I go into a long coughing spree. My friend Carol said that everything around me would make me crazy and she's right. I hate that I haven't been able to clean my house. Every bit of filth makes me nuts, but I physically can't do it yet. Kyle is staying home from work tomorrow to help clean around here. I'm so happy about that. We need to get Christmas decorations taken down. They have never stayed up this long. I hate that I've missed the whole first week of the new year. Here are a few things I've missed while being sick...

  • New years eve

  • New years day charity ride with Mark

  • Church

  • Mutual

  • Kindra and Cisco's birthday party

  • My presidency meeting

  • George family dinner

  • Lunch with Carol

  • Lunch with Paula

  • Haven't got to exercise yet because I can't breathe

  • Grocery shopping -boy do we need groceries!

  • Haven't seen my grand babies

I honestly thought I'd be down for a couple of days, then I'd be back to my normal routine. I'd tell people "sure, I can do that"...then my body would say "no you cant" so I've have to cancel. I did have some very sweet friends bring in dinner a couple of nights. That was very helpful and appreciated.

This is a glimpse of Chad's new bike. Mark was taking it for a little ride up to the school. Yes, I did yell at him for not wearing a helmet. Chad calls it the green machine. I think it's funny that he bought a motorcycle while being in Afghanistan and has only seen pictures of it. Him and Mark have been looking online for months trying to find the perfect one. He is so excited to get home and go for a ride. Here is Mark on his and Kyle on Chad's. Actually Kyle was feeling the need for his own bike, so he went out and bought himself one tonight. I don't have a picture of it yet. since it's dark outside. It's an older bike, but he loves it and it will be a good one for him to learn on for his first bike. The guy was shocked he paid for it with his own money. He had to go show his boys who have never bough anything on their own ever. He was very impressed. :o)
The only girl in the picture is my beautiful niece Kindra who was in town from Tennessee for a few days. I only got to see her once, then I got sick. I miss that girl so much. I'm going to have to go shopping for a fabulous birthday present and get it in the mail to her.

So sorry I haven't really been able to blog visit. I truly have spent 95% of my time in bed. Hope to kick this nasty bug outta here soon!


wendster said...

Wow! You painted such a vivid picture of the coughing that I could just FEEL my head hurting! OUCH. I really feel for you. Feel better soon! I miss you!
p.s. How fun that you have such a motorcycle loving family.

Vida said...

Hi Jolene! I know how you're feeling~that's what I felt like last year! I ended up w/pneumonia & bronchitis that I was out of work for two months!! It was NOT fun! Just rest and slowly get moving. I really wouldn't try and clean, but just tidy up here and there and then rest again. Ask your doctor if you can get a chest x-ray as well to see if you have pneumonia, they kind of come hand in hand if you've been out this long.

Drink warm tea as well, it should help w/the coughing. I hope you feel better! I miss reading your blog! :(


*Jennifer* said...

Feel better

Pam said...

So sorry you have been so sick! I wish I lived closer to you so I could come and clean for you! Take care of yourself! HUGS!

Briana said...

Glad you checked in, was getting worried about you! Sorry to hear you're not feeling much better. Rest up and let everyone else take care of you for a change!

Anonymous said...

Jolene I hope you feel better soon! I was in the ER Wed night and have pneumonia so I know exactly how you are feeling. I have been 'lazy' and lying on the couch alot...of course the fact that I am out of breath when I walk from one room to another doesn't help. Your kids are big enough to fend for themselves for awhile so you concentrate on YOU right now and get better! Kim

Kim said...

Hope you feel better soon, Jolene. Happy 2008!

~Telah said...

So sorry that you are still feeling so bad. I have come down with a sinus infection/chest congestion and feel awful. I can only imagine how much worse you feel. Hang in there.

Becky K. said...

Please feel better soon. That cough sounds so painful!

The new motorcycle is sooo pretty!
Can one say that about a bike?
Sorry is a very manly, handsome bike!

Becky K.

sohpiasmom said...

Happy New Year! Hope you feel better really soon!!

Patti said...

eeeeek I am feeling for you on the coughing dear girl. I hope you get to feeling better quick and don't sweat the small stuff!

I am so proud of Kyle buying a bike with his own money! What a great kid and a testament to his wondeful parents!

Elisha said...

Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been so sick! I wanted to let you know that I'm heading down to Mesa this weekend and wanted to maybe see if you were up for meeting somewhere--but it doesn't look like you're going to be up to it. We'll meet for sure some time, though! Hope you feel better!

bs honey said...

Jolene, we've missed you. thanks for letting us know that you are a bit better.
Only today, I read what to do for a bad cough. Seems you rub vicks vapor rub onto the bottom of your feet and put on socks. Says it works 100%. So, if you give it a try, please let us know how it works.
Hope you continue to improve.

Jacquie said...

Oh I do hope you feel better soon. ((Hugs))

1RadChick said...

Hey Sweetie, Feel better! Okay, now don't laugh. Truly. Promise you won't. But, tonight, when you crawl into bed, put vicks vaporub on the soles of your feet and then put on a pair of white cotton socks and leave it there all night. I read on CNN a few weeks ago that this totally helps with bad coughs and a couple of people I know have tried it and agree. You must try!

Chad's bike is most cool!

Leah said...

Bronchitis is the worst! So sorry you are sick and hope you feel better soon. I LOVE sonic ice..I could eat that stuff all day!

Nikki *Ü* said...

Oh yuck!! No fun!! For the cough, see if your doctor can get you a cough syrup with codeine in it. That seems to be the only kind that help my kids and me. Unless you're allergic to codeine, then never mind! LOL I'm glad you seem to be starting to recover. So cool that Kyle bought his motorcycle with his very own money!! Way to go!! Funny that the guy he bought it from turned it into a lesson for his own kids.

velvet brick said...

Oh goodness! I totally missed this post of yours about catching us all up on how you were doing...
plant a 'duh!' on my! I knew that stuff around the house would bug you! It never fails to happen to me! I am so sorry that you have been sick with that crud. It really isn't anything to mess with. I AM glad that you've turned the corner. By the way...LOVE the bikes! I think Harley's are sooo nice... never been on one, but love looking at them! The guys look great and how neat for Chad to have such a great 'toy' waiting for him when he gets home SOON!! : ))
Love you... and we ARE going to make up that lunch date! : )