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Discussing Pneumonia

 
 
Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 09:07 pm
I'm being treated for pneumonia, but I've never had it before. That's the good part, but Im having trouble getting practical advice from my doctors. I know they can't give me a guarantee on how this thing progresses but I'm not sure how to determine when this thing will be over. I've had a bad cough since forever, but it really ramped up about 3 weeks ago when I realized I had a fever. So off to the hospital, then sent home with heavy antibiotics. As soon as the meds were finished the cough came back full force. I saw the doc again today and was sent home with another two weeks worth of antibiotics.

I understand I need to rest, and I'm faithfully taking the meds. What I'm wondering is if anyone else has had pneumonia and how did they defeat or cope with it. Anybody?
 
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 09:14 pm
@glitterbag,
I've been worried about you with this, but have no personal knowledge of the workings of pneumonia. Will be listening.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 09:21 pm
@ossobucotemp,
Hi Jo, it's very frustrating. I know I need to be patient and not try to do too much, but Damn. The weather has been great, but the meds make me sun sensitive so sitting outside it out of the question. I'm trying not to whine about this, many people are dealing with terrible health issues and God knows I've felt sicker before, it just makes me so weak. Well, I guess I am whining a bit. It's just tiresome.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 09:27 pm
I'm surprised to realize that I know practically nothing about pneumonia.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 09:30 pm
@glitterbag,
You can sit outside - just not in the sun. Do you have a covered porch or gazebo? is there a park nearby where you can sit in the shade. My mother (former nurse) always felt fresh air was an important part of the recovery process.

I've had pneumonia a number of times over the decades. It is really really important to just rest and let your body recover fully. Pushing through pneumonia just doesn't work. Rest til you're absolutely sick of resting and then rest some more.

Load up on fluids - ginger beer if you can find it is good - ginger tea if someone will make it for you.

After one of my bouts of pneumonia, I embroidered a pillow with the doctor's instuctions .... Rest, Relax and Sleep
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jul, 2016 10:56 pm
@ehBeth,
My energy is terribly sapped. When I went to the doc's earlier it was exhausting just to drive. I won't be trying to speed up recovery by over achieving, I'm just so pooped. At the risk of sounding sappy, the only thing that really made me sad was my granddaughter got a little panicky when her Dad told her I was in the hospital. Their 11 year old Frenchy died just last week and she's been on edge.

Normally I never do face time, it seems gimmicky to me, but I asked my son to face time me when he got home. All grandparents think their grandchildren are wonderful (ok, not all of us all the time) but I showed her my room, my hospital bracelet and she seemed happy. I finally found a use for FaceTime. It was amazing how easy it was to make her laugh. But she is a cheerful soul.

Thanks beth for the advice, I'll be laying low until I manage to kick this to the curb.
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 13 Jul, 2016 05:14 am
@glitterbag,
You have my sympathy and empathy. Summertime is not the best season to have such an illness but, after all, what season is?! Your system is telling you to slow down so you'll have to give in to it. You have little choice unless you want a set back or a series of setbacks. Forgive me for offering advice that you may well know but avoid all dairy products like the plague as they increase mucous and congestion.

Hang in there.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 13 Jul, 2016 06:32 am
@Ragman,
Thanks Ragman, I actually forgot about dairy. My kids pediatrician always would advise avoiding dairy when the youngens got sick. (My husbands Aunt Olivia always called children youngens, I decided to try it out). Maybe I should take my temperature again. Sigh
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 13 Jul, 2016 08:36 am
@glitterbag,
If you're taking antibiotics - the doc and pharmacist here usually tell you to avoid all dairy. The packaging we get tells you how long you have to stay off dairy (and anything else that will interfere with the meds). The last one I took required you to avoid dairy for 10 days after completing the antibiotics. No milk, no cheese, no butter, no yogurt ...
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 10:56 pm
@ehBeth,
According to my specialists and pharmacist, the antibiotics I'm taking require yogurt to avoid destroying all the bacteria (including the good). I'm not sure what you were taking, but regardless, I have to follow the guidance of my medical professionals. And when the air quality improves and high temps and high humidity dissipate, I will be spending more time in shaded areas outside. For the last week or so, temps have hovered in the 100's. It's smothering and even the dg doesn't want to be out very long.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 11:01 pm
@glitterbag,
Sounds right. I had a young cat on antibiotics and was instructed to give him yogurt. Had to be natural or something like that so as to replace internal bacteria. I heard later they had to add the bacteria after processing. He actually liked the stuff.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 11:17 pm
@roger,
I know, it sounds crazy doesn't it? But it works, it also prevents UTI's and other unpleasantness. Since I've been on the antibiotics for 28 days, I need all the help I can get.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 04:23 am
@glitterbag,
when I was on some heavy ntibiotics in March, the docs had a medical nutritioni9st help with adding lots of probiotics that included certqin yogurts and preserved foods like saur kraut and a local one we callChow Chow and pickled red cabbage (Hengstenbergs RotKhol).

Its gonna take about 2 weeks to get your gut back on a normal flora and you want to try to assist that.



Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 03:04 pm
@glitterbag,
Also drinking 100% cranberry juice (not fruit cocktail) is most effective for people as it helps to prevent UTI problems, - the kind with no high fructose corn syrup at all. When antibiotics kill bacteria, they kill both good or bad. Cranberry juice is good for flushing the system and preventing infections in urinary tract.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 03:06 pm
@farmerman,
I had to find probiotics outside of dairy. No fun at all.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 03:07 pm
@Ragman,
If you can find a good source of wild blueberry juice, it's much more effective than cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is a great default to always have on hand as a UTI preventative.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 03:37 pm
I have been trying to keep my opinion to myself here, because I know it will be met with hostility. Colloidal silver kills the bad germs with no side effects. When my mother in law was at a certain nursing home, she had chronic infections. She became infected seriously enough that the staff feared she could infect the other patients and quarantined her. They explained that the indiscriminent killing of bacteria by the antibiotics was making her recovery very slow. I gave my wife a really strong dose of the silver in a water bottle. My wife fed it to her and she got off the quarantine list overnight and did not need further treatment by mid morning. They let her get infected so often we moved her to a nursing home that actually cared about the disabled and now she no longer gets infections.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 03:58 pm
@Ragman,

Ragman wrote:

Also drinking 100% cranberry juice (not fruit cocktail) is most effective for people as it helps to prevent UTI problems, - the kind with no high fructose corn syrup at all. When antibiotics kill bacteria, they kill both good or bad. Cranberry juice is good for flushing the system and preventing infections in urinary tract.


At one time, I researched this. The only "cranberry juice" that was pure was a Walmart brand. They have several and you have to really read the ingredients. Take your glasses, old people. These things are usually in 4 point type or smaller.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 05:43 pm
@roger,
I have a pocket magnifying glass I put in my purse.. regular one in the house if I need it (rare).
Thing is, I've always been nearsighted as opposed to farsighted, but I've trouble with some product data these days.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 05:55 pm
@ossobucotemp,
Makes one wonder if it's all accidental.
 

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