What Do You Do When You Develop Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure

What Do You Do When You Develop Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

Last week I was in the gym feeling strong but still felt something was wrong with my breathing and tiredness. Heavy chest and walking block and getting tired however the weight workouts were fine and had one of my strongest days ever.


Then a few days later I end up in the hospital after seeing three doctors and last day was almost the end of the line for me. I was admitted and tested for everything.


Trust me the hospital was the last place I wanted to be. I can't lay in a bed for days. They found fluid around my lungs with blood in it. Two liters full as they drained it out of my back with a tube.


It wasn't painful but I was shocked at what they found. Plus it was what they call pleural effusion which fluid surrounds the heart making it hard to pump and the heart rate increases rapidly.



The lungs get compressed and if it's for any length of time, they take more time to open up and then you have to practice breathing deeper to open them more. This is all very uncomfortable. I do not like being chained to the house with oxygen following me everywhere but this is what i have to do if I don't want the alternative.

I was prescribed heart pills to regulate everything, lasix to rid the water, heavy antibiotics and asthma spray to open the lungs. Sleeping is hard because you have to sit up and if you don't you will cough literally all night.

Well here it is after being released on the week end I have not left the house. Feel very weak and shortness of breath. This is going to take some time but I WILL get through this. Meds make me sick and leave a horrible taste in my mouth plus my appetite is way down. When you go through this you look for light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully soon.

If you ever have any of these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately and don't wait and be stubborn like Me. I feel I can beat anything but sometimes you need help.

I've got my eye on this again.


Popular in the Community


What's Hot