So, apparently, flu can build up asthma and lead to pneumonia

Telling from my experience.

This year, I got into trouble with my health. Got my lungs checked and I was found to be showing signs of pneumonia, where there was fluid in the lungs. “Oh no,” I thought.

If your flu is not being treated with medication in a timely manner, you could possibly get your lungs into big trouble and endure a whole lot of pain. I went through that. The feeling is like a stab to your lower rib cage for every cough you make. When the coughing continues the pain escalates and you’ll feel as though a burp is going to come out but it’s not. The itch in the chest caused from all that coughing can really work up your system and give you false alarm that you might eventually throw up. The harder I tried to prevent myself from coughing, the more I was gasping for air and my chest began to feel really tired and sore.

Staying in the hospital bed can be boring and that's when I started to see colours around me. I had my Jelly Bunny shoes with me and H&M socks to keep my feet warm 24/7. Living with pneumonia means one week in a 4-bedded ward under antibiotic drip and shut away from the outside world with loud neighbours to keep me up at night and no sun.
Staying in the hospital bed can be boring and that’s when I started to see colours around me. I had my Jelly Bunny shoes with me and H&M socks to keep my feet warm 24/7. Living with pneumonia means one week in a 4-bedded ward under antibiotic drip and shut away from the outside world with loud neighbours to keep me up at night, no sun and homesick.

I mean, I have had flu before and I would be able to function as normal after two to three days of rest, but this time was major. I ponder if age was catching up because my recovery rate was surprisingly slow, or had I not been taking care of myself? I’d say both. I love my job and I enjoy staying up late sometimes to finish a few more jobs.

Anybody making a living in the creative industry will understand that nighttime is always a good time to do any creative work. Be it writing, scripting, designing, generating idea or slicing video frames. When my doctor told me that I have mild asthma, I almost had a major lung spasm. I hoped it was like what she said, that it was going to be temporary.

You won’t know when your body gets weak. Virus attacks you before you know it. #notfunatall

Flu these days have mutated and can stay inside your body much longer, which makes it harder for a speedy recovery. You will get back to your normal self and enjoy your usual lifestyle but it’s depressing to realise that now you tend to catch for air after taking a few flight of stairs.

I know you love your job as much as I do mine, but my advice to you is, the next time you think of burning the midnight oil, think twice for health’s sake. Flu can be nasty nowadays!

My little pup, Cara Mel, understands sleep well. She's at her most comfortable state when resting on my lap, and she makes the cutest sound I've ever heard - snoring!
My little pup, Cara Mel, understands sleep well. She’s at her most comfortable state when resting on my lap, and she makes the cutest sound I’ve ever heard – snoring!

Can you believe this story? One of my ex-colleagues told me that her cousin who’s healthy and buff now was once asthmatic because he drank too much of 100 Plus. #weirdbuttrue

Moral of the story: You see, there will always be work, so what? I’m saying – Get well rested and have a nice dream.

Make an effort.

Start with tonight.

Telling myself to do so more often.

Good night!

Author: viviantoh

Journalist, speaker, design agency owner and independent publisher. Vivian has an eye for content and details thanks to her many years in the design industry. She's always being mistaken for a graphic designer but she really is just a non-designer. A connector. A thinker. An observer who sees window shopping like a Discovery channel - always learning new things.