Well, my mum's respiratory nurse called her this afternoon with the results of her sputum test and told her that she has a very severe chest infection which is very advanced, meaning she's had it for a long time.
My mum was admitted to hospital back in May with severe breathlessness and tightness in her chest when walking and was diagnosed with emphysema and fibrosis (although on another letter it says emphysema and bronchiectasis). She has been back and forth to our GP over the past couple of years with chestiness and was prescribed antibiotics which always cleared it and she was back to normal, but this year, he kept giving her more water tablets even though her chest was getting worse and worse. Both her and I kept telling him she felt exactly the same as when she had a chest infection, therefore needed antibiotics! He never listened, hence she got worse and then hospitalised!
She is currently on ambulatory oxygen at home, but the nurse has told her that the antibiotics should clear her chest, therefore the oxygen won't be required anymore.
I don't doubt for one minute that she has emphysema and bronchiectasis, but I think it's more a case of she's had it very mildly for years, but doesn't get symptoms. if you saw her in October time last year, she was walking around like me - no breathlessness and looked as bright as a button! She then got a cough which the GP gave her water tablets for as he said it was fluid on the lungs, but i'm convinced if he'd treated her with the antibiotics then, she wouldn't be going through all she is now.
She still looks as bright as a button, so i'm hoping the emergency antibiotics the GP prescribed her today will do the trick and she'll be 99% back to normal.
I am happy that it's turned out to be a severe chest infection, but angry at the same time that it was missed by both the GP and the consultants at the hospital. I think sometimes they dig too deep when it is actually something more simple to treat.
Sorry for rambling on - I'm just very protective over my mum and I feel she's been put through so much over the past few months for no reason.
Has anyone else experienced similar?
Love to all xxxx