Health is Wealth

 I really had the intention of starting off 2013 with blogging full-time again. Writing rejuvenates me as a SAHM in a crazy/busy 24/7 childhood zone. The blog is also something special that I share with one of my dearest friends, and we enjoy blogging about what has made us wise as mommies. I also hope that in the course of sharing personal stories or tips, I might be able to help or support other women and moms as so many have for us, helping us to be wisemommies.

On top of having newborn twins, a toddler, trying to keep up with housework, cooking for the family, and fighting over $50,000 in hospital bills (post about that to follow shortly) walking pneumonia is what has taken me down and prevented me from blogging regularly. Pneumonia is a disease of the lung tissue where O2 and CO2 are exchanged and usually requires hospitalization. “6th most common disease leading to death in the US”(Encyclopedia of Nursing). Walking pneumonia is a less serious form of the lung infection pneumonia.

The thing about your health is, you never know how important it is or how much you’ll miss it until it is gone. I’m beyond grateful that all 3 of my boys have remained healthy in spite of me being so sick. Nearly 1 ½ months ago, I had a couple of nights with 102 temperature. Then whatever I had, went to my chest/lungs. For the past 1 ½ months, I’ve been suffering with walking pneumonia. Basically I’ve been dealing with a constant hacking cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain which got quite severe.

I also have a newfound respect for those who suffer with asthma. It’s been so hard to keep up with my 3 boys just because I’ve had difficulty breathing, catching my breath or coughing so hard I felt I would pass out. At times, you could here me wheezing or crackling with labored breathing. Finally, I told my husband that I had to have a day of rest as I feared I might get worse. Breastfeeding twins every 2-3 hours, and all through the night, doesn’t allow time for decent sleep.

When living in Ireland, I also got walking pneumonia that got so bad I was coughing up blood. I was so delirious, sick and alone. After a doctor’s appointment, I didn’t have enough money for a taxi ride home so I had to take a bus. However, I couldn’t think straight to figure out the bus schedule so I just started walking. It was a 3 hour walk from the doctor’s office to my flat. I was used to walking when living in Ireland as I walked 45 minutes to work everyday and for going out or trip to markets, but walking 3 hours home with pneumonia, not a good idea. Half way home, I ended up walking into a church and sleeping on a church peu. I know, something strange you might see from a movie but not in real life, right. I was just that sick and out of it!

Currently, I feel like I’m finally starting to recover. Thank the Lord! Seriously, I’m finally starting to feel like myself. I am so thankful for my health! Just yesterday, was the first day in a long time, I was able to play with my children without being in pain. I was able to take deep breathes without my chest hurting and I’m not coughing as much. Can’t wait to be like my old self again! When you’re healthy and feel good, you’re mind is clear and active. It’s true what they say, the greatest wealth is health.

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