Pneumonia and a Bunged-up Dinglebungus!

OK, People!


So, I’m sitting here having a lovely time experiencing the finer attributes of developing pneumonia and really taking the time to appreciate the “finer sides” of modern medicine and health-care.


In order to combat those nasty, yucky pneumonia germs, one of the medications that I’ve been prescribed is an antibiotic that could take down a young Clydesdale, weaken even the strongest among us and cause a lovely myriad of maladies ranging from sleepiness, dizziness, and yeast infections, to the ever-popular back-door trots and hurling, to the more exotic of ailments like tremors, seizures, mental mood changes, confusion (hm…what was I saying?) and a host of other alluring side-effects.


So, why, pray tell, do I find these side effects so humorous?


Maybe because I’ve been prescribed a dopamine medication to alleviate the leg tremors and sleep deprivation of restless leg syndrome that can cause a host of health issues (among them- increased sexual urges and unusual urges to gamble!) and prescribed a pain medication that can cause dizziness, twitching muscles, hallucinations (rarely, but possible with certain charmed individuals) and CONSTIPATION (most likely!).


As I’m sitting here waiting for a bag of prunes (that I stumbled out to buy this morning) to counter the effects of one of my pneumonia medications and work their magic on my newly acquired bunged-up dinglebungus, I’ve got an unexplained eye twitch and having visions of men in starched white coats picking me up in a little white van to chauffeur me to the ever popular St. Jude’s Laughing Academy that a number of us have been (voluntarily and involuntarily) asked to join.




To think this whole, wonderful little adventure (of getting diagnosed with pneumonia) only cost me/my insurance company THOUSANDS of dollars to have the privileged entitlement of lying on an antiquated, lumpy bed, (with an attractive view of the ER entranceway) in the middle of the drafty, shabby-looking hallway at our local (soon-to-be totally renovated) hospital’s ER!


I guess the ER personnel figured it wasn’t enough that the urgent care doctor that sent me there suspected that I had heart problems and pneumonia. They wanted to make sure that I was thoroughly sick and deserving of such swanky accommodations.


After being “triaged” in the loveliest of intimate, comfy spaces (a 2 by 4 area with an open, thread-bare curtain used for ones privacy from the other sickos), I was whisked away in a squeaky, rickety, (wobbly) wheel chair, to the “guest area” of the hospital to hack my pneumonia germs on other unsuspecting mortals waiting their fait accompli, before being assigned “bed #1” in the ER’s drafty, dingy hallway.


(Yes, People, you read correctly – bed #1 is located in a drafty, air-conditioned hallway!)


In their defense, however, I do need it noted that after an hour of body chills and various tremors that I (hallway patient #1) was kindly offered a warm blanket to stop said body chills and newly acquired tremors.


Whoo hoo!


Lucky me.


I hit the jackpot and was assigned bed #1 in front of the smelly homeless guy that wreaked of smoke and God knows what else and the pajama-clad woman who recently stopped taking her psych meds and kept asking me if I were related to Tiger Woods.


(And, “No People, I assure you – Tiger and I are NOT– in any shape, way or means – related. And I’m sure Mr. Woods is more than grateful for this”.)


Lord! Lord! Lord! How I miss my mind!


Please keep me sane and my humor in tact, God, ‘cuz I need these dam prunes to start working their magic soon or my sunnier than usual disposition is not gonna be so sunny when the Princess gets home.


(And beware my wacky cats, ‘cuz you may not want to be howling at me any time too soon!)


Have a good one, People! And don’t take yourself too serious. Life’s too short not to laugh at it once in awhile. Be well.


Catch ya next time, looking at life from my shoes.


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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

19 thoughts on “Pneumonia and a Bunged-up Dinglebungus!”

  1. Oh, I hope you’re feeling better, Lucie! But what a funny post. All those “side effects” are just lovely, aren’t they?! I read the possible side effects on my medicines, and I could experience pretty much anything. Warning, you might die if you take this medicine, but you definitely will if you don’t take it!! 🙂

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    1. I know, huh? Aren’t these medical warnings a hoot? It’s like all the warnings that you sign off on before surgery – they all end with the statement, “and you could die”….Yep, thank you so much for reminding me of this little fact. I need to be reminded of this in case I wasn’t already scared outta my mind!!! I think everyone that read my post could relate…that’s why people find it funny. We’ve all been there at one time or another….. 🙂 I’m “on the mends”, thank you, Laura. Should be back to walking in the neighborhood, soon!! 🙂

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  2. Oh my goodness, I’m not sure laughing myself silly at this post is appropriate. I should be crying for you. I truly am sorry you’re ill, but you’ve made my day with your humorous take on the whole thing. Please get better soon. ❤


    1. I’m glad you’re “laughing yourself silly”….I aim to please!! Life is good, in my shoes, Elizabeth…..It took me a number of years to fully understand why God put me in such “silly situations”, but I finally figured it out…I’ve amused him for years now, so I’ve decided to “amuse OTHERS”, as well…Seriously, I took a turn for the better today and should be seeing progress from this day forward (as long as the Princess and “society” doesn’t infect me with any of their “cooties”!!) 🙂


    1. Thanks, Little Buddy! So, will you be joining me at the casino or was our trip to the St Jude’s Laughing Academy enough of me for the year?!!! 🙂


  3. Hey, I meant to give it 5 stars, but my pudgy little fingers didn’t work on this machine, onc again, HOw ever are you able to create humor from pneumonia is beyond me. Here I sit wanting to hurt someone soon if stupid leg doesn’t get better!
    So what happened at the ER? They didn’t keep you there, did they? Did they give you more medication? Did they reduce dosage of any current ones? Cure worse that disease, eh? Don’t they put people with lung issues into a hyperbolic chamber? Look it up! As a knee jerk, arm chair physician, I encourage you to do anything and everything!
    Today I will be wheeling myself out to Prozac Meadows to pull weeds I can reach. That’ll last no longer than 15 minutes before I become exhausted…..
    Take care of yourself!

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    1. Oh great, Meatball! Now my ratings are gonna be shot to hell and I won’t be able to be paid for my posting! Yep! Kiss the ole health insurance premiums goodbye!!!! 🙂 Good to hear you’re out and about in “Prozac Gardens”. I’m tinkin’ your “gardens” would be a nice addition to St. Jude’s Laughing Academy. What’cha think???? 🙂 Love you, Turkey! ❤


    1. Thanks, Erica. I need to “head over to your parts” and see how the foot/boot is doing…will head over there after I nap….Hope all is well! As usual, I’m humbled by your visit….. 🙂


      1. I am truly humbled by your “follow” and appreciation, Erica. Thank you. I sometimes wonder if I’m worthy enough for people (outside of my families and friends) to read my silliness, so I sincerely appreciate your input.. 🙂 ❤

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