...how much better you feel when you can breathe properly! Last Tuesday I started feeling a bit under the weather, like I was getting a bit of a chest cold. Started taking it easy, taking cold meds, etc, etc. Kept getting worse (hint #1 for me, I usually knock these out in a day, two tops), until by Thursday afternoon I had to leave work. Couldn't breathe, couldn't stay awake, couldn't stop coughing and sneezing. Woke up Friday, and barely could get out of bed. Didn't want to do ANYTHING (hint #2 for me, I generally am very active, particularly when it comes to spending time with my fiancee and her kids - didn't even want her to come take care of me!). I figure, OK, I'll just take it easy over the weekend, and I'll be OK, it's JUST A COLD, right? Spend the weekend in the above condition, no improvement, as a matter of fact getting WORSE. Finally, my fiancee, dad, and grandmother all start to ride me about it, they KNOW I'm really sick, no matter how stubborn I am that it's "just a cold". I get triple-teamed into agreeing to go to the doctor first thing Monday, if I'm not better. Well, yesterday, I'm not better. A man of my word, even if I don't like it sometimes, I get to the doctor. Diagnosis: Bronchitis and a sinus infection! The doc said that if I'd let it go another day or two, it would have been pneumonia. Moral of the story #1, don't try to diagnose yourself! Moral of the story #2, it really is amazing how much better you think and feel when you are getting enough oxygen to your brain and muscles! On a personal note, the doctor avoidance thing is something I fear I picked up from my late mother. She would do any and everything to avoid a trip to the doctor. I am making it a goal to change this in myself, and those of you out there with that habit, I hope you will take heed and do the same!