This is the third winter that I've had a really bad infection hit me. Two years ago it was a bladder infection that lasted for almost a year, then, last year, the flu and a strep infection that took months to get over. Since the first week of December I've had so many symptoms that I've never had before. I had what seemed like angina attacks but before I could get it checked out I had a bronchial infection would not go away. I developed bronchial asthma and had many other respiratory symptoms. I have been so weak that I couldn't go to the doctor. I called my PCP about the wheezing and shortness of breath but they would not prescribe an inhaler unless I came to the office. Going in was impossible. We had below freezing temps. for weeks on end, I couldn't stand on my feet more than about a minute and the only option would have been an ambulance. I finally got in touch with a new service that does home visits. They are a palliative care agency but they knew I was desperate and sent a nurse practitioner over. She wrote 3 pres. for me and told me about an agency that will come to my home and give regular care. I'm in the process of setting this up now. I am still SO sick. I still have wheezing and shortness of breath but can stand up for about 5 to7 minutes now before I'm gasping for breath. I hope to get an EKG and chest x-ray as soon as the in-home folks can start. They have lab equipment to bring to the home. I am hoping that I don't have a heart problem, never had one in the past. This is probably the scariest thing I've had to deal with yet as far as my ilnesses go. I just wanted to check in with the board. I've not disappeared but not been posting at all. Hope everyone is doing well and all are recovering from the winter ailments. Going back to bed now. I've been sleeping a lot. Take care, Hugs, GB P.S. I am getting a little better as time goes by. Another reason I couldn't bear the idea of going to the dr's. office is that I cannot take flu shots so I didn't want to get exposed in this weakened state. The nurse practitioner said I did the right thing by not going in so I guess it will all work out.