This was no ordinary pneumonia. This was . . . well, just look for yourself. Here is what a normal chest X-ray looks like (unceremoniously stolen from Wikipedia):
Notice the nice clear lung fields. Notice how there is no vicious, nasty plague abiding in there. Now, compare that to this:
That is my wife's actual chest X-ray last week when she was first admitted. Almost the entire right upper lung (that's on the left of the picture, by the way) is involved with some kind of evil nastiness. What you can't see (that the CT scan showed) is that in addition to a very dense consolidation of her entire right upper lobe, she had areas of pneumonia in the left upper lobe, lower lobe, and lingula as well. That explains why she was having fevers, chills, and a nearly-constant cough. And THAT is what she was living with while still going to work, making dinner, doing laundry, and taking care of her family.
After three days of intravenous antibiotics, her X-ray had already improved to this:
It's still markedly abnormal, but by this point she was breathing much more easily, her white blood cell count had nearly normalised, and she was ready to come back home to me. It takes nearly a month to recover fully from pneumonia - in the meantime it feels like you've been run over by a very large truck.
But she's still trying to make dinner and do laundry despite my protests.