Just met with my doctor! Apparently the official diagnosis is non-chronic asthma due to allergies. He explained that the air is very bad these days and that many people have these symptoms… It is definitely NOT my cats’ fault (which several people have suggested)- I asked. Also, what sent me to the ER is apparently something called “Pneumomediastinum” (link), which is when air bubbles escape the lungs and end up in the chest cavity. It’s apparently fairly rare but always settles itself (“Don’t worry- spontaneous resolution!” says Doctor)
I’m feeling a million times better, and I have loads of medicine and an appointment next week.
Also, found out today I get an extra two days of vacation- because I had included New Years’ and Lunar New Years’ Day into my calculations, but because those are “red” days, I don’t have to use vacation days for them.
And it’s Friday. I can breathe. My nephew is home and is fat and healthy. It’s sunny. And tomorrow I get to celebrate belated Thanksgiving with some good pals. ^___^ I feel pretty good!
Had another scare last night- woke up in a coughing fit and couldn’t catch my breath.
Now I have a new diagnosis: asthma. Makes sense, I guess, given the symptoms. I suppose perhaps my lungs have always been a bit weak but my severe bronchitis brought that out…? I don’t know.
Anyway, home again… Breathing well, feeling alright… Anxious as all get out, but on the mend. I hired a maid to come do a deep clean on my apartment tomorrow. There’s definitely some environmental factors in my sickness. My apartment has some mold issues as well as a lot of dust… I’m sure a thorough scrub will help make my home happier.