This has been the longest week of my life. I was diagnosed with bronchitis, a common respiratory infection that affects the lungs. It started as a common cold, but soon my chest felt like it was on fire as the cough got worse and worse.
I couldn’t bring myself to go to the doctor until my fever and chest pain became unbearable. When I finally got to the clinic, I was coughing so hard that the nurse had to give me a breathing treatment right away. My doctor diagnosed me with bronchitis, and prescribed antibiotics and an inhaler.
I was so weak and exhausted, I had to spend most of my day in bed. I barely had the energy to get up and walk around, or do any of my normal activities. The antibiotics and inhaler made me feel a little better, but the doctor also recommended I drink a lot of water and put a humidifier in my bedroom to help my breathing.
The hardest part about having bronchitis has been the constant coughing and chest pain. I wake up feeling like I can’t breath, and it only gets worse from there. I’ve been using my inhaler to help ease the pain, but it’s still taking a toll on me physically and mentally.
The good news is that bronchitis usually goes away after a few weeks with the right treatment. I’m taking it one day at a time and doing everything I can to manage my symptoms and get back to feeling healthy again. I’m learning to be more mindful of my breathing and taking care of myself so I don’t have to experience this again.