Pneumonia => CHFHi,
Four years ago I was in my last year teaching Middle School Science before retiring. That winter I got bronchitis the went into my lungs and became pneumonia. I was given antibiotics and got better. Over time I got more and more tired. I slept before I left for work, after I got there, at break, at lunch, after school was over, before I went home and so on. I thought that it was a good thing I was retiring because I was getting old fast. That summer I was still tired and finally diagnosed with CHF caused by my left ventricle having been deformed probably from a virus, not bacteria, that caused the pneumonia. I have been on meds since then and my heart has responded well to them. I was very physically active before the CHF. Now not so much at all. I'm tired all the time. When I tell ( ok, I whine to) my cardiologist that I'm depressed and frustrated because I have little energy and get up and go, he calls me his miriacle patient because of my test results, and to be happy. Has anyone else with CHF had difficulty with the adjustment to the condition? I've gone to therapists, but their focus is primarily on social, chemical or psychological causes for depression, rather than medically caused identity crisis. If anyone else has had similar experiences would like to talk about living with CHF. I would sure appreciate it!