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Bacterial Pneumonia-how long did it take to feel 100%

My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon in Santorini. The day before we left I had started coughing up a thick yellow mucus. My husband was alarmed but I wasn't, as I do have asthma and I figured after two weeks in a new climate my body wasn't very happy with me. Once I told him that, he didn't seen too concerned. The day we left I started having chest pain that wouldn't go away and became agonizing when I would cough. I didn't let my husband know and attributed it to the coughing from what I thought was asthma. We got home that night and I went to bed still feeling bad but not horrible. I woke up the next morning with the worst chills and couldn't get warm (it's high 80s here during the day so that's not really normal). Hubby noticed this and wanted to get me to a doctor, but I played it off as the air conditioning being on too high and me being raised in Texas where I'm used to extreme heat and humidity. I pretty much stayed in bed the entire day, only to get up to eat, have something to drink or to care for our cat. The next day when I wasn't better, hubby took my temperature (102F) and was alarmed. He wanted to take me to the doctor, but I refused. I spent the entire day in bed with the cat. I woke up on Wednesday with the worst headache that I've ever had. Hubby wanted to take me to the hospital, but I again refused and decided to just stay in bed with kitty another day and take some OTC medications. I woke up Thursday and every muscle in my body hurt. Hubby and I got into a huge argument about me not wanting to go to the doctor and he gave me some OTC pain killers and asked our neighbor to check in on me a few times that day. I managed through, but I barely wanted to move and I hated having somebody come over and check on me, even though I knew it was just because they cared. I woke up Friday and was absolutely breathless. I couldn't even talk, so hubby called for an ambulance and I ended up in the emergency room! As much as I didn't want to go, I had no fight left in me and gave up at that point. They did blood tests, chest x-rays, pulse oximetry and sputum tests. I basically felt so bad that I didn't put up any fight during any of this, and I'm not the kind of person that doesn't put up a fight! They said that it looked like I had pneumonia, but hubby was very upset and wanted more testing done and wanted a specialist. As much as he embarrassed me, he is my knight in shining armor. They ended up doing a CT Scan and a pleural fluid culture. They gave me a definitive diagnosis of Bacterial Pneumonia. They gave me antibiotics, cough medicine and a fever reducer/pain killer. I stayed in the hospital Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I came home yesterday (Monday). I am now back at home and am no longer breathless, muscle pain is gone, as well as my headache. However, I'm still running my 102F fever, am chilled to the bone, have chest pain that is absolutely agonizing when I cough and thick yellow mucus is still coming up. I spent all yesterday and today in bed. I am drinking as much water as I can, which is a lot more than I thought I could. I still have the three different medications, that I each take three times per day.

Has anybody had Bacterial Pneumonia before and how long did it take for you to feel 100% better? Also, what did you eat? I am literally living on warm fish and chicken stock. Nothing else appeals to me. Also, I've lost quite a bit of weight. I'm 5'7" and my normal weight is 121 lbs. When we got home from our honeymoon I weighed myself and I was at 118. After being sick for a week, I'm down to 114. Hubby is 6' and 183 lbs, so I absolutely feel like a little mouse compared to him. More so now than ever! Any tips on how to put on some weight? Or should I just not worry about it until I feel better? Literally, any feel good tips at all right now would be greatly appreciated.

I think I will have some chicken, tuna or salmon for brunch.

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replied November 15th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
It takes 5 days to 1 month.
You should take protein rich foods.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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