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
Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.