The long road back to health…

For the last 10 days I have been hit by a virus and then pneumonia and I am still recovering. Needless to say, I have not been able to go to the gym during this time. To be honest, just putting one foot in front of the other and walking from the car to a cafe for coffee today was a big deal!

I am not used to being this sick and feeling so incredibly lethargic. I have had little or no interest in cooking or eating, but slowly this seems to be improving. The cough is still ever present and oh so annoying! Even if I am not coughing as much during the day – there has been a small amount of progress – I am cursed with a coughing fit every time I go to lie down. Doesn’t make for very successful sleep.

I have done very little housework this past 10 days, I just don’t have any energy to do much of anything.

As a consequence, I haven’t been able to go to the gym or ride my bike. Just the basics of physically getting through the day are tough enough. It certainly makes me feel my age – and then some – at the moment. Feeling fragile and exhausted is not great for my mental health either!

This weekend is Waitangi Weekend, a public holiday in New Zealand, which is fortunate as I have a bit of extra time to try to get back to some semblance of health prior to returning to work.

Here’s hoping that the antiobiotics will work properly soon and I can return to work on Tuesday. I hope that my energy levels improve too, as at the moment, I think I would find it difficult to function fully at work. I’d probably need to find a sneaky bed for a Nanna nap at this stage!!

As I’ve said previously, this is the sickest I have been in many years. I’m not sure whether having Parkinson’s makes me more susceptible or whether it makes me sicker if I get some kind of bug, or a bit of both.

Anyway, crossing all my fingers and toes that things will improve over the next few days and I am up to going back to work on Tuesday.

Published by kiwipommysue

I work in health and have been with the same supportive team for over 7 years. They are all aware of my diagnosis and this helps tremendously especially while I get used to the idea of my diagnosis. My parents both had Parkinsons, so I guess my odds were higher than most.

4 thoughts on “The long road back to health…

  1. You poor thing. 😞
    I have been thinking of you often and wondering if you are feeling any better. The housework can wait, rest up and be extra kind to yourself. Maybe a spoonful of Manuka or ordinary honey might help with the cough? Sending you lots of good wishes for a speedy recovery.


  2. Thank you. So kind of you to think of me. Just wondering, are you a PWP like me or a supporter of someone. It’s nice to hear from you and I love getting your feedback. I am definitely taking it slow. No option really as I have almost zero energy. Will stay away from the gym next week that’s for sure. Next week is a short week for me, with Monday being a NZ holiday. That means only three days to struggle through!


    1. I’m really hoping that you are feeling some benefit from the antibiotics now. 🤞

      I’m a PWP. I wish I wasn’t but hey… it could be worse, I guess.

      I felt genuinely sympathetic when I read your blog post because it seems to me that if you’ve got Parkinson’s, you already have enough symptoms, aches and pains, sleeplessness etc. to deal with . You definitely do not need other illnesses on top! I’m being unrealistic, I know, but it just doesn’t seem fair, does it?

      Take care. As my friend’s nanna used to say to us “Brighter days ahead, my dear. “ ❤️


      1. Hi Rebecca. Thank you for all your comments and feedback. It’s nice to hear that my Blog is valued by you. The antibiotics seem to have done some good, but a cough still lingers. I am starting to get my energy and appetite back and will go back to work tomorrow. I too wish I didn’t have this condition, but I can’t wish it away as much as I would like to. We just need to make the most of the life that we have!


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