World Pneumonia Day.

World Pnemonia Day was on November 12th this year. I am late writing this post. I have a crazy busy life, hence my blog name.

World pneumonia day was created because it is the biggest “infectious” killer in adults and children, claiming millions of lives worldwide according to this article. https://stoppneumonia.org/latest/world-pneumonia-day/.

In America, they give our children a pneumonia shot.

I’ve had pneumonia twice. When I say I was sick, I mean sick!

I went to work with a fever, because they make us work sick, and I got sent home. I had a fever, awful chills, and I was so congested, and my lungs were rattling. I had a nebulizer treatment meant, and asthma medication, and that helped, it kept me out of the hospital. I had trouble breathing, and I almost called 911. My fever was so bad I was walking around the house, and I didn’t have a clue what was going on. I went to the doctor, she just said I “had a cold”. I went to the doctor again, and she diagnosed me with pneumonia, and the antibiotics took care of that. After a week in bed, I could return to work and normal life. This was a traumatizing event for me.

The second time, my manager wasn’t as nice as the previous manager and didn’t give me enough time to get better. This was right before covid, and I am wondering if it was covid. I had a patch of pneumonia on my lung. My manager told me I had to come in, and that I was fine if I was on antibiotics. I worked a 16-hour shift and ended up in the hospital, and my potassium was low too, I probably was too sick to have an appetite. Now I took two rounds of antibiotics, and steroids and the horrible cough and weasing went away. It was really bad. I would sleep for days, and just be out of it. I somehow managed to get my kids back and forth to school.

Since these events, my doctor has given me a pneumonia shot. I can definitely see how it can kill somebody. Especially in a third-world country. I understand why they have an awareness day for this infection.

Pneumonia is when you have fluid-filled sacs in your lungs or an infection in your lung.

I am pretty healthy and I’ve caught it probably from working in healthcare.

Pneumonia was horrific for me. Hopefully, I never get it again.

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16 thoughts on “World Pneumonia Day.

  • November 29, 2021 at 3:54 am
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    Catching it twice is really unlucky. It also highlights just how much the working culture in America sucks. Imagine not being automatically entitled to sick leave when you have pneumonia

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    • November 29, 2021 at 12:38 pm
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      Yes, this work culture sucks. Agreed. I work in an assisted living for the elderly, and they can’t have us call in because the residents are dependant on us for care. This place is also about money. I’m working sick today because we got a text message for no one to call in. I lose respect for them because we are spreading it to the elderly. Ridiciouls.

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  • November 29, 2021 at 4:45 am
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    I cannot believe your manager would give you the time off with pay for pneumonia, it is no joke! It can be fatal in people who are immune compromised as well. Mom had it on more than one occasion but still had the ability to consent and would not agree to seeing a doctor, meaning by the time she finally acquiesced and agreed to be seen by the doctor, it was almost too late. When they admitted her, her CRP was 185 ><

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    • November 29, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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      It is fatal for some people, especially the elderly. That’s why I lose respect for the managers because I work in a home for the elderly. I’m working after being sick today, because they text messaged everyone to not call in because there’s a bug going around. This is just something I have to do to feed my kids.

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  • November 29, 2021 at 5:54 am
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    Thanks for sharing your experience with this. I’m sorry your employer wants you to work sick-that’s disrespectful and only spreads and prolongs illness.

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    • November 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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      Yes, they do make us work sick. They sent a text message for no more call-ins. A bug is going around right now. I’m working sick right now but I’ll be ok.

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  • November 29, 2021 at 9:23 am
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    That’s terrible that you were made to work with pneumonia! I’m glad you’ve had your jab.

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  • November 29, 2021 at 9:25 am
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    I can’t believe you were made to work with pneumonia!
    I’m glad you had your jab.

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  • November 29, 2021 at 10:08 am
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    Thank you for sharing your experience. That must have been terrible to not get automatic sick leave for pneumonia. I’m happy you got through it though!

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    • November 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm
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      Thanks for reading! That’s just something I had to do to keep my job, and food on the table for my kids.

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  • November 30, 2021 at 5:54 am
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    I didn’t realise there was a World Pneumonia Day but I’m glad I’ve never caught it, it sounds horrible. Glad you’re recovered now.

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  • November 30, 2021 at 12:23 pm
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    I am sorry to hear about your journey. I have only find out that I had pneumonia after struggling with a bad chest infection when I am a teenager. It is a horrid illness. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    • December 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm
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      it is pretty horrific, thanks for sharing your experience as well, and thanks for the read and comment!

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  • December 6, 2021 at 8:57 am
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    I thought that after Covid hit the nursing homes so badly that they would stop doing the “you can’t call in sick” business. That is just crazy. Pneumonia is nothing to mess with.

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