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February 4, 2023 at 2:29 am #1118575

Awww y’all are too sweet! Thank you for caring! I was extremely sick all last year and honestly it got pretty scary. I ended up being diagnosed with something called pulmonary hypertension as a result of my ongoing lung problems since being born prematurely. I now am on supplemental oxygen 24/7 as well as a CPAP machine at night, and lots of other medicines to reduce the pressure on my pulmonary artery and keep fluid off my heart and lungs. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital in November and had almost 30 lbs of fluid flushed out of my system by IV. I actually went home at 1am on the morning of my 40th birthday because I BEGGED the doctor to let me go; I couldn’t stand to be there one more night. It’s been pretty rough – in between my department was eliminated and I had to interview for a new role at my same company – thankfully I got it and even got a promotion! So now it’s been adjusting to taking all these meds and my new job and trying to feel like myself again.

Interestingly, not sure if I mentioned but I actually got Covid last year in May and a few weeks later went to the Mayo Clinic to try to get a diagnosis. My pulmonologist at Mayo said my lungs were not affected at all by Covid and the vaccines and booster probably saved me. Those vaccines work, as if we had any doubt!