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Pneumonia. We’ve all heard of it and shuddered at the thought. When you get it, it sucks. When you get it as an adult in mid-life, well, it really sucks! Recovering isn’t the quick process it was when you were younger. For some, it can take weeks and even months to recover.
The doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia on Christmas Eve. Here it is, four months later, and I’m still recovering. The pneumonia was gone within two to three weeks, but it triggered my asthma; asthma that had been mild and controllable for a long time. Suddenly, my asthma was out of control. Walking down the hall filled me with dread because I knew I would wheeze and need my rescue inhaler again.
After many doctor visits and medications, I’m on the road to healing. My breathing improves every day. I can walk down the hall without needing to catch my breath. (Going up the stairs is another thing, though.) Like any muscle, I need to build strength and capacity in my lungs again. No longer can I go on a three-mile walk. I’m lucky if I can walk a mile.
But I’m trying. I know it will take time, but I’ll get there.
In the meantime, I’ll slowly rebuild my strength with at least 3-4 walks a week. I’ll take care of my three little girls. And, I’ll rest where and when I can. In fact, I’ll continue to enjoy my afternoon escapes by streaming Netflix.
In the spirit of my most recent health issues and attempts to heal completely, I thought I would create a list of entertaining “medical-related” movies and TV shows you can find on Netflix.
The Physician (2013)
I have this on my “to watch” list. It’s about a young Christian man in 1th Century Persia who wants to study medicine, but the school only allows Jews. He disguises himself so he can attend the school.
I have watched several seasons of this, but not all. It’s a wonderful show, following the trials and tribulations of the staff at Seattle Grace, with the main focus on Dr. Meredith Grey.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
This might be a stretch, but there is a scene in a hospital and one character played by Keanu Reeves is a doctor! So, there! It’s all about finding love where you least expect it with fabulous performances by Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
Call the Midwife
I’ve heard amazing things about this British show about a midwife in 1950s East London. I need to watch this sooner than later from what I’m hearing about the current season.
Code Black (2013)
This documentary follows the emergency room staff of a busy public hospital. We see it through the eyes of Dr. Ryan McGarry who made the film.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Another brilliant British television show, this one follows Dr. Blake as he takes care of his patients and helps solve murders.
Jackie’s job as an emergency room nurse has her taking care of patients. The problem is that she’s not taking good care of herself, an addict of Vicodin and Adderall.
The African Doctor (2016)
A doctor from the Congo moves his family to escape a dictatorship. They settle in a small French village where they face some culture shock.