So, yeah, I have pneumonia. They gave me an impressive assortment of drugs for it on Saturday, and I'm getting closer to feeling functional now that there is more oxygen in my bloodstream.
Uh ... about those drugs ... They gave me three types of steroids and an antibiotic. The steroids - one long-acting/slower onset one by pill, one nasal spray for my sinus', one fast inhaler for my lungs - are aimed at opening my airways so I can breathe. And the fast ones HAVE worked fast. There was improvement within 6 hours. But HOW do steroids do it? Wait for it .... wait for it .... wait for it ....
They do it by inhibiting my body's ability to fight infection. So I'm breathing better, and the antibiotic is doing it's part about the infection, but my body is no longer as fully involved in the battle.
I'm seeing if I can stop the fast-acting ones today, as per the Dr. instructions, and take the pills two more days. The antibiotic I get to take for 7 more days. Oh, and remember, there's no alcohol allowed while on antibiotics, because the liver, in the face of both alcohol and antibiotics, quickly breaks down and excretes antibiotics. So I can't take my elder extract while on the antibiotic even after the steroid phase ends.
Tis a mad, mad world.