Hi. My dad is currently in ICU with pneumonia (caused by triple whammy of flu, Strep A and staph) - been there 6 weeks, 4 of them on a ventilator/trachy. Was previously fit and healthy - no underlying conditions or hospital admissions so the severity was a total shock for us all. He was due to move to a ward yesterday but his breathing and SATs deteriorated again over past couple of days and the CT scan showed some lung collapse and further fluid. He is now on high dose steroids and oxygen. Most of the consultants and nurses have remarked on his progress and amazing recovery so far, but one consultant today suggested that he could end up with long-term lung damage/fibrosis. She told him he was lucky to escape death and when he responded that "he wasnt going to die now though?", she didnt answer! We thought he was doing well but this has got us a bit rattled. We knew it could have gone either way when he was on the ventilator, but felt he was on the right path now and this was a blip.
I guess I am looking for some reassurance from people who have had severe pneumonia and come through it, even if it took a while. Feel I need some positive stories right now. I can't gauge how common permanent and life-limiting lung damage is from severe pneumonia. Also, any tips on how we can support him and help him remain strong?