We lost our kitty Greyson in December, a couple of weeks before the holiday and VERY unexpectedly. He was fine, then started vomiting, stopped eating, and became lethargic, all over a three-day period. One of his kidneys was in acute failure, and so we made the heart-wrenching decision to let him go. I am still heartbroken, as he was my special boy, and loved to be on my lap. He also slept either on or right by me.
I have been very lucky lately! Swollen lymph nodes only, a confirmation of chronic fatigue in the past, a weight loss of over 50 pounds, and major advances on the brain and energy fronts! I’m of course still not where I want to be (I’m aiming for 75% of what I used to be), but all-in-all, I am much better than I was.
In March, I inexplicably came down with pneumonia. The weird thing about it is that I wasn’t sick. That is, I didn’t have the flu, or even a cold. Just a cough that would not go away, and nighttime chills. I didn’t have a fever either, but I never get a fever as my body temperature is usually 97 degrees and change.
An x-ray confirmed I had pneumonia, and a round of antibiotics cleared it up. The cough lingered, but that’s normal (or so I understand). However, the follow-up x-ray showed an “enlarged right hilar”, and that led to a third x-ray, which shows the same. So now I have to go for a chest CT scan tomorrow.
Needless to say, I’m a bit freaked out, although realistically it’s not going to be the most dreaded thing. I’m sure I have some kind of auto-immune disease that I haven’t had diagnosed yet (mostly because I haven’t been to the right doctors for it) and what is being seen is a swollen lymph node.