Nov 14, 2012 - 4:12 pm
I haven't posted because we were without power for a couple of weeks. I was late going through some mail but opened a letter from the County Health nurse dated November 2 Monday. She said I needed to call right away and it was CONFIDENTIAL. Remembering Anal Cancer sites that described it as a cancer affecting primarily homosexual men, I thought, "Oh no, I've got HIV!" I was secretly thinking maybe my husband gave it to me. (I watch too much television).
But turned out I tested positive for pertussis! I spent three months coughing and the CT scan revealed pneumonia in the lower right lobe a few weeks ago. Now that I am feeling better, I got the flu vaccination the other day and next am going for the shingles vaccination. I think doctors are just too nervous about getting sued to give us common sense advice. We have to advocate for ourselves. I am not a physician but I don't think anyone wants what I had and there are vaccines. Pertussis is highly contagious and a lot of people are getting it and our systems may be compromised. I urge you to ask your doctors about vaccinations.