Does anyone on here have experience of permanent lung scarring (in this case caused by flu/bacterial pneumonia)? How long did it take for the scarring to develop or the extent to become known - was it months or weeks from onset of pneumonia? Some of you may have seen my other post about my dad currently in ICU. He had another Dr today (with a similarly terrible bedside manner) apparently saying an earlier CT indicates extensive lung damage and that he could end up with a combined lung capacity of 1 lung. He was very negative, to the point my dads nurse actually complained about his approach to her superiors. He gave little/no hope for the future and left my dad feeling like there was nothing more they could do for him. I thought he was making good progress - he has been on strong steroids for the 24/48hrs and his SATs have really improved from 88% to 95% O2, so they must be doing something? The steroids have been administered since the CT was taken.
I assumed, perhaps wrongly, that the extent of any permanent damage would be impossible to say at 6 weeks and that the real prognosis would only emerge over months? I know scarring can be a possibility, but also that lungs can heal pretty well, even after very severe pneumonia.
Apart from a bit of a download, I guess I am also asking for experiences of what operating on 'one lung' would mean for him? I am really struggling to find anything online which indicates the impact it can have on quality of life. Are we talking oxygen therapy 24/7 or simply not being able to do as much as he could before in terms of exercise/physical activity?
He is hopefully heading to the respiratory ward tomorrow where I am hoping they will be a little more circumspect about his chances/future.