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Aren't You Better Yet?

Last updated: December 2022

And...COVID finally got me. I was so smug because I had gone so long without getting it. I am a well-known germaphobe, so that kept me healthy for a long time.

COVID was as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Usually, when I or one of my kids gets pneumonia, we are sick for at least a month. That is normal for us, every respiratory infection is always worse for us than for friends who don't have asthma. Sigh.

Managing all my symptoms

Luckily, I qualified for an anti-viral and an oral steroid. I take a daily, controller inhaler and have a big box of albuterol vials for my nebulizer. I always panic if I start to run low, so I make sure I have a full box at all times. You never know when you’re going to get sick and need a LOT of breathing treatments. I also keep a nebulizer on each floor of the house, so I don’t have to walk as far if I am struggling to breathe.

Even with all of the medicine for my lungs, they were still REALLY tight. In fact, my voice sounded like I had sucked in helium! Every time I would try to say something to my husband, I could see him trying to keep a straight face. I mean, I did sound a little like Alvin and the Chipmunks!

The coughing was another story. I was coughing so hard that I was gagging and trying not to throw up (even after just doing a breathing treatment). Normally, a treatment will calm my cough for a few hours. Not this time! I was coughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face.

That made it hard for me to eat. I had to be careful because I would start coughing and then choke on food. So...I relived my childhood and ate mac n’ cheese and fruit snacks. I also had to eat very slowly, because it was hard to breathe between each bite. And I would take tiny bites of food just in case I started coughing. That way I could quickly spit the food out so I didn’t choke. I was hoping to lose weight during COVID, but no such luck!

I also took a lot of naps (isn't that what cats do - sleep 24 hours a day?!) I didn’t sleep well at night, only an hour here or there, because coughing would wake me up. And prednisone would keep my mind racing.

Am I better yet?

I had wonderful friends who dropped off frozen treats, flowers, fruit, bread, and chicken noodle soup. I could not eat a lot of it, but my husband could. I felt truly loved!

The funny thing was when people would stand 10 feet back from the door after dropping something off, they would say “Are you feeling better yet?”




At that point, it had only been a week. I would tell them it’s going to be at least a month until my lungs calm down. Stupid drama queens!

Recovering from COVID with asthma

With asthma, our lungs are "oversensitive" and "overreact." Which is why I call my lungs Drama Queens. If you have toddlers or teenagers, you might know what I am talking about when it comes to being oversensitive and overreacting!

People seemed surprised that asthma makes us sick for such a long period of time. But, that’s been our experience over the last 22 years.

Who else has experienced being sick for a LONG time with pneumonia or COVID?

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