My dad is 69 and had a cough which turned out to be a lung infection. He's had asthma since his 40's and also Parkinson's for the last 10 years. They took X-rays and CT Scans and said his left lung was half the normal size and that the stomach had occupied the place of the half missing lung. They put him in an induced coma for 4 days and gave him viral, bacterial and fungal antibiotics and couldn't pinpoint exactly what the white specks/abscess in his lungs are. His 'waking up' period was relatively quick but he was still on the tube that went directly into his throat for a few days after waking up. After that they used the breathing mask put onto his mouth and nose and he was responding well to our voices. 2 days after that they got him on the breathing tube that went into his nose BUT the doctors decided to get him off his PD meds because of his hallucinations. His condition worsened this weekend. I am no expert on PD but I'm pretty sure his PD meds help with breathing too because PD affects muscle movement. His neck has stiffened to one side because he missed 16 PD med times. We insisted that they put him back on it and his respiratory rate went from 47 back to 33 like after he woke up from his induced coma. Now he's been in the ICU for 11 days and say nothing from the lungs is getting elsewhere in his body but his breathing hasn't improved and he's currently on 50% oxygen from the breathing mask machine. They are planning to put him in an induced coma one more time because none of the antibiotics are working but I'm so worried and scared that he won't wake up from his second induced coma.
Thanks so much