Hello, 6 weeks ago I was admitted to hospital for meningococcal pneumonia. They discharged me after 3 and a bit days and I've been recoving at home since then. This is the 3rd time I've had pneumonia in 12 months.
Each time the pneumonia has developed following flu on one occasion and colds/virus on the others and affected alternate sides of my lungs each time. The follow up x-rays for the 1st two pneumonia occurances came back clear and I'm due an x-ray next week.
I have asthma which is fairly well managed and the 1st two pneumonia occurances affected my asthma too. This time my asthma was not a problem (which is a relief!).
As you'd probably expect, each time the pneumonia has knocked me for 6 and taken time to recover and feel back to normal and I have put extra effort into looking after myself and boosting my health as much as possible. This 3rd time it seems to be MUCH harder to recover - my breathing is good (thank goodness) but my energy and ability to physically do things is very very low. I can do things around the house (with regular rests) but whenever I try to leave the house (even for a 5-10 minute walk), I end up dizzy and shuffling instead of walking and it takes me a few days to recover. I sleep as much as I can, last night I got 9 hours sleep but woke feeling like I'd hardly slept and still felt weak and still shuffling instead of walking.
This is what I am finding the hardest - does anyone have any tips for boosting my strength/energy levels please? I know things could be much worse and that others have much worse health issues but if anyone has any experiences to share it would be fantastic, as it feels so frustrating and is really getting me down.
Thank you in advance.