So I guess I have pneumonia now instead of just bronchitis. I was feeling worse by the end of the week...my cough got worse and I could tell I was wheezing more so I went back to the doctor last night after work. They did a chest x-ray and though it looked like it could be pneumonia. He also gave me a nebulizer treatment to help me breathe a little better and sent me home with an albuterol inhaler (I did think it was a little funny that even though he told the nurse I was a pharmacist, she still explained the side effects of the nebulizer treatment to me...) I also finally got a prescription for an antibiotic which is great. I'm also not supposed to work (well can't do much about that when you have to be there to open the pharmacy) and get plenty of rest which I'm planning on doing today and tomorrow. I'm just glad I don't get sick very often.
So I actually broke down and went to the doctor today. Most of the time when I get sick, I just suffer for a few days and ride it out. I have been coughing since Friday and over the weekend started getting chills and feeling achy as well. This morning I went in a little late to work and only stayed for about 3 hours. I knew I wasn't going to last on my feet all day once I got there. So I left and decided to go to the doctor because I was feeling pretty awful. I tried calling Jamie's doctor but couldn't get in there til Wednesday. So I went over to the Urbandale Family Physicians Walk-in clinic. Unfortunately I ended up having to wait almost 2 hours before actually seeing the doctor. And during that whole time I was waiting, I gradually felt worse and worse. I had the chills so bad that it hurt plus the body achiness did not feel good. I had a flu shot this year so he didn't think it was the flu. They drew some blood but the numbers came back fairly normal...so the diagnosis...viral bronchitis. No antibiotics, just plenty of rest and fluids. He did say that if I felt worse tomorrow to come back and they'd do a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. Luckily I have the day off tomorrow so I can take it easy and get some rest.
This is the light I built a few weeks ago. It's basically foam core, a clamp light, a 150W bulb (though I'd rather have a higher watt bulb), duct tape and a t-shirt stretched across the face. It works really well for lighting small objects.
So Jamie and I were talking about maybe signing up for a Community Ed class, like maybe a cooking class or something like that. I found some rather strange classes listed on their website:
-Advanced Bath Salts-Go beyond just mixing fragrance with Epsom salts! -All Natural Lotions from Scratch -Life Collages/Vision Board-Using right-brain techniques, participants will learn to design goals and projects through magazine images. -Scottish Country Dancing, Beginning-Learn a Celtic dance from the 1700's -Basics of Cooking and Baking with a Wood-Burning Stove -Historic Soups on a Wood-burning Stove -How to Write a Romance Novel -1875 Victorian Hatmaking-Learn to make an elegant 1875 hat from start to finish just as a Victorian milliner would have done....interesting. And in case you have a small head.... -1875 Victorian Hats in Miniature
So I'm still playing catch-up to watching Lost before Season 5 starts next week. I've been watching the episodes (starting in Season 1) since last summer and I'm finally to the middle part of Season 4. I did take a hiatus in the fall and winter when life got busy but have been watching and watching for the last few weeks to catch up. I can't believe everything that has happened...the others, people being killed, stories from the future, "time traveling", boats, helicopters, surprises, suspense! I'm not looking forward to having to wait a whole week or summer to watch a new episode! Nothing beats having them all on DVD and watching them one right after another. I think I'm up to Episode 7, Season 4...halfway to go before Wednesday night!
It wasn't much warmer today. Sure, my face didn't hurt like the last two days, but it is still too cold. On top of the cold, it was pretty dreary, so not great photography conditions. Perhaps tomorrow will be a better day.
I don't remember the last time it was this cold outside! Overnight it hit -20 degrees F! Jamie worked from today so he didn't have to go outside and wait at the bus stop and I luckily don't work on Thursdays so also got to stay home. I ventured outside to go to the post office to mail a couple post-Christmas packages and then to go to our friends' house for Thursday dinner. When I started my car to go to the post office though, it definitely struggled and it took a couple tries before it decided to turn on.
They canceled school in Des Moines and all the other surrounding cities today because it was so cold too! Bella still wanted to go outside, like usual....she must have forgotten after she came back in how cold it was out there!
Luckily we're supposed to have a warm up this weekend and the beginning of next week...in the 30's! Woo hoo!
It's so stinking cold outside! I'm tired of taking pictures inside, but it's currently -16F. Yikes. The good news is that it's supposed to be up to 36F on Saturday. I'll probably have to break out the shorts...
We just got home from playing games at Manda's. It snowed like 3-4 inches while we were there. Then when we got home, I fell in the snow and landed right on our Ticket to Ride box. While it's a fun game, it's not very comfortable to fall on. The corner jabbed me in my chest. Ouch.
Day 4...I've had a headache all day, so I wasn't feeling very creative. I have a feeling that I'll have more days like these and I be they'll also end up with a shot of Bella. She's at least a cute dog...
I've decided to start a Project 365. Some of you may be asking yourselves, "what is that??". Well it's pretty straight forward. I need to take at least one photograph each day of the year and post it on Flickr (see http://flickr.com/photos/jamie_murray/). I might take more than one, but I have to choose one each day to be the photo of that day. The idea is that it will help me become more creative and see more opportunities for interesting photographs.