How to cope when sick

Jennifer - posted on 05/26/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I honestly don't know how I'm going to make it through this next month. I've been slammed with a couple different issues and have absolutely no energy. I was told 5 years ago that my tonsils were large, and I probably suffered from sleep apnea because of them. I was supposed to go for a sleep study then, but lost my insurance. I recently got insurance again and suffered from a severe case of tonsilitis, so once I wasn't sick anymore, my doc sent me for a sleep study. I do have sleep apnea, and she sent me to an ENT doc to see about a tonsilectomy. It just so happened that last Wed when I went, I was suffering from a severe case of tonsilitis again. The doc ran some blood work, and I found out yesterday that I have mono. On top of all this, on Sat, my husband found a tick on my arm. I live in an area where lyme disease is possible, so I kept and eye on the spot. Sure enough, by Mon I started with the rash that looks like a bullseye on my arm and muscle aches. My doc did order a cpap machine for the sleep apnea, and I'm on 2 different antibiotics for the tick bite, but for the last week or so, I've been so beyond exhausted. I feel horrible, because I have a 7 month old who has asthma and wakes 1-2 times in the night for feeds yet. If left to cry, she coughs like mad. Last night, I didn't wake up once til 6am even though I have the monitor right beside me. I'm almost certain she cried herself to sleep sometime in the night, which meant she coughed like crazy. I have 3 other kids, 2 of which are in school. They will be getting out for summer break next week, but I don't know how I'm going to handle taking them places like the park or school play ground, with being this tired. My husband works 12-14hr days. He drives a Semi and even though it is locally and he's home everynight, he only has like an hr or 2 before he has to go to bed. If he would get up with the baby at night, he would risk falling asleep while driving, so that is out of the question. I'm just lost as to how to cope with all this. The sleep apnea should get better soon, the more I get used to the mask I have to wear, and can stand it on through the whole night (I must have taken it off in my sleep last night). The lyme disease should be letting up any time now, but the mono can take up to a month before I get my energy back.

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Katherine - posted on 05/26/2011

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Do you have anyone around to help? Clearly you cannot do this on your own. Can you hire a babysitter? If you don't want to end up in the hospital you NEED to get some help!!!!!

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