Bronchitis has left the room.
Good riddance one month of debilitating exhaustion. Three weeks of high-dose prednisone (a shrew-making steroid if there ever was one) plus regular rescue inhaler. Ten days of antibiotics. Twice-daily plus corticosteroid inhaler and nasal spray.
Deep, glorious breaths. Life is good. So great to be back to something resembling normal. My health setback began in mid-March. Seems I contracted a common cold during one night out in a restaurant. Perhaps this latest scary lung disease escalation helps explain my deep dread of COVID.
For the first time in my life I was thrilled to take an at-home test and get one line instead of two. A negative PCR test two days later confirmed COVID had not found me.
Next week, once the last of the steroids are out of my system, I get my second booster.
Catching Up on Life
So much to catch up on while an early spring snowstorm falls outside. Avalanche warnings are now in effect and three feet of snow is forecast for the higher elevations. Never a dull moment these days.
Meanwhile, I have had a lot of time to ponder my latest podcast about life in a pro-natal world and IVF survivorhood. Grateful to Christine Erickson of The New Legacy Institute for hosting the conversation. Our wide-ranging discussion followed my latest peer-reviewed journal article. We recorded an hour podcast the first day my lungs started to labor. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already had a chance to listen in. If not, please do. Would love to hear your response.
Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos (@PamelaJeanne) March
Stay Tuned for More
There’s that and so much more occupying my brain these days. But, there’s snow to shovel and a pile of to-dos (including reading your blogs) and various items demanding attention on my desk. Then there’s a post taking shape on that monstrosity of marketing that appears everywhere these days for a certain day in May.
In the interim, if you’re looking for a beautiful, uplifting story … watch this CBSNews interview with Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad on the healing power of music and love. Batiste, by the way, gave me the idea for this blog post title when I heard him say: “That’s life, strap in…”