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    In hospital with pneumonia

    I never thought I could f feel so bad. I am currently on vancomycin and cefzim. I had my pneumonia vvaccine but they Said that wouldn't prevent this type of pneumonia. I'm a T3 so it's hard for me to cough up the stuff. There's a big pocket down in my left lung.

    Since I left rehab I have been sick with one thing after the other. I do everything to be healthy and was healthy before SCI.

    Should I see Infectious disease?

    Please pray that I get well and stay well.

    Jason

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    You should be evaluated for swallowing problems (dysphagia) if they think you may have an aspiration pneumonia. In addition, poor oral care is a risk factor for non-ventilator associated pneumonia. Have you been brushing your teeth at least 3X daily? Did you also have a flu shot? Are you smoking?

    (KLD)

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    Hi Jason,
    Sorry to hear you're in the hospital. Pneumonia is nothing to mess with as I recently learned. My 16 year old son had/has it and it's been 3 weeks since he was diagnosed. Hopefully they can thin up the mucus enough so you can some how cough it up. I know you said you can't cough though. Can they suction it out somehow?
    I can't give any advice about seeing a specialist but it seems to make sense to me. Maybe they have some ideas on how to help you maintain a healthy immune system.
    Get well soon.

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    I'm sorry to hear this. You have had one thing after another! I hope it gets better soon ... best get sorted while in hospital.
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    I hope things go better. As usual, I don't have any actual useful advice, just can offer commiseration. Coincidentally I am also technically T3 but only incomplete at that level, no lung function impairment.

    When I am in hospitals, the only thing that keeps me kind of sane is an iPad (with cellular if the wifi isn't good). Catch up on your Netflix, basically. And try to get a private room, although I almost never succeed in this. Also, it's important to get out of bed as soon as possible, otherwise it can take a while to get strength back.

    Hopefully your hospital was not like mine though!

    That said, as long as you are in the hospital, it makes sense to see specialists and have tests there, so definitely an infectious disease specialist seems advisable, particularly given the UTIs you mentioned in the other thread the other day.

    Speaking of which, like yours, my doctor also recommended preventive low-dose Bactrim after I had too many UTIs. He said that Hiprex did not do well in studies. On the other hand, my doctor also believes in only 7-day antibiotic courses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbridges9 View Post
    Should I see Infectious disease?
    One of my consulting docs is an infectious disease's specialist. Tracks my antibiotic use to prevent resistant bugs!

    I had pneumonia once and that was once too many! Barely able to breath for 3 or 4 days.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbridges9 View Post
    Please pray that I get well and stay well.

    Jason
    Will keep you in my thoughts, just get better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xsfxsf View Post
    I hope things go better. As usual, I don't have any actual useful advice, just can offer commiseration. Coincidentally I am also technically T3 but only incomplete at that level, no lung function impairment.

    When I am in hospitals, the only thing that keeps me kind of sane is an iPad (with cellular if the wifi isn't good). Catch up on your Netflix, basically. And try to get a private room, although I almost never succeed in this. Also, it's important to get out of bed as soon as possible, otherwise it can take a while to get strength back.

    Hopefully your hospital was not like mine though!

    That said, as long as you are in the hospital, it makes sense to see specialists and have tests there, so definitely an infectious disease specialist seems advisable, particularly given the UTIs you mentioned in the other thread the other day.

    Speaking of which, like yours, my doctor also recommended preventive low-dose Bactrim after I had too many UTIs. He said that Hiprex did not do well in studies. On the other hand, my doctor also believes in only 7-day antibiotic courses.
    Can you PM me about the UTI stuff?

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