Not COVID-19, But Pneumonia

It started yesterday my father didn’t feel well. With all that is going on we took his not feeling well seriously we took his temperature which was 99 degrees we checked his oxygen level and his pulse and blood pressure. My sister is a retired nurse assistant.. His oxygen was low his pulse was slightly slow and his blood pressure was normal. But he wasn’t feeling well. That was 3 o’clock in the afternoon. By nine o’clock things had changed and you could hear him breath from across the room. He had pneumonia and need to go to the hospital. So my mother took him there by herself. And they admitted him by himself. They have tested my father for the COVID-19 virus and it’s unlikely that he has it but there is always that chance.

So today I’m going to focus on the pneumonia that we know he has along with about 250,000 individuals that are hospitalized each year with pneumonia my husband spent 4 days in the hospital in October and now my Father is in the hospital. It is a common ailment that touches both the young and the old. However it is more serious and more deadly for the elderly.

Because the elderly often can’t cough hard enough to clear their lungs they are more susceptible to pneumonia. And the frailty causes them to be more likely to develop sepsis an infection in the blood stream that causes death.

Symptoms of pneumonia are;

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain  
  • Green, Yellow or Bloody Sputum that comes up when coughing
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Suddenly feeling worse following a recent cold or bout of flu
  • Confusion or changes in behavior
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blue lips or fingernails due to a drop in blood oxygen level

Pneumonia can be broken down into three basic causation groups community acquired pneumonia, hospital acquired pneumonia, and aspiration acquired pneumonia.

  1. Community acquired pneumonia – you can get from everyday interactions the bacteria or virus is breathed into your lungs.
  2. Hospital acquired pneumonia – Individuals who have had surgery been on a ventilator or are sedentary are more likely to get pneumonia and have a more difficult time recovering.
  3. Aspiration acquired pneumonia – when anything other than air enters your lungs it can lead to pneumonia

Getting better may require antibiotics and beyond that rest and staying hydrated.

To avoid getting sick you need to remember to wash your hands keep your hands away from your face and avoid being around sick people.

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