First off I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
I finally relented to go to hospital because I was at the stage of lethargy and difficulty breathing if I walked more that 5 feet. At point could barely do my job at restaurant and was scaring the kids at work. One kept threatening to call an ambulance. I am blessed to work with a terrific group of kids. But I digress, because the lethargy and breathing were symptoms in my previous heart problems and the severity came on so suddenly I was concerned it was my heart and not my COPD. and none of my breathing medications were working. Bottom line I picked up a bug of some kind and turned into a bacterial infection that exascerbated the COPD, doctor equated it to a very severe asthma attack. So I was put on antibiotics and IV steroids. Because I have had previous problems with prednisone, the common pill steroid, they wanted to use IV before a trial of the pill. I was doing great this morning , then I took the pill and it was downhill from there, so I am apparently allergic to prednisone, but better to find out while in hospital.
Have never really had to stay in the hospital before, was against it at first but a very savvy nurse talked me into the stay, which in hindsight I am glad she did. All my heart tests were fine. The staff at this hospital treated me so well I felt like I was there with friends. Downside to stay is no sleep, because of different tests and medications seems like grand central station 24 hours a day. Because of steroids I was eating almost the entire menu at all 3 meals. My norm is one meal a day, but there food was so good. I had sweet and sour chicken every night for dinner. I had strawberry cheese cake and apple crisp at every meal, yes breakfast too. If I had to stay much longer they would have to treat me for obesity, I gained 6 lbs in 3 days !….HAHA Riggs I now weigh more than you! The more I think about it hospital wasnt such a bad experience, had a bed all to myself, no other humans or critters, own thermostat to have room temp I wanted, TV all to myself, books to read with interruption, food served to me and then cleaned up and meeting new and interesting people.
Again thank you for your concern