My mom has pneumonia - desperately seeking advice
December 29, 2012 5:56 PM Subscribe
My 90-year old, very hardy but recently frail, mother now has pneumonia. Has anyone been through this, or something similar? Do you have any advice to offer about the whole thing - what to watch out for in her, what to say or do for her, how to deal with the hospital staff, how to handle my own emotional ups and downs as well as those of my sisters?
posted by DrGail to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She has had chronic lung issues (bronchiectasis
) for many years, but it has been under pretty good control the last half-dozen years or so with only occasional flare-ups. Other than that, she has had no serious medical problems. The past six months or so, she's been sick with flu-ish things several times. Each bout of it has left her a little bit weaker and frail. Less than a month ago, she started using a walker outside of her apartment.
Just a few days ago, her stools were dark and tarry. The blood is believed to have come from the upper GI area. Before the doctor treating her for it could really get a handle on that, she had breathing difficulties and one of her lungs collapsed. When the pulmonologist went in to clear the mucus, he had to put her on a respirator because her oxygenation dipped. She's in the ICU. Since the procedure, her blood gases have improved and they're starting to wean her off the respirator very slowly. Her blood pressure, which is normally low, has taken a few dips which makes them worried about sepsis.