Hi everyone. It has been a challenging couple of days at my house. Tuesday night, out of the blue, my husband started having chills. I ran for the thermometer and took his temp and it was 101. He has had a few urinary tract infections over the years and he thought it was probably that. He agreed to go to the Emergency Room to be seen. By the time we got there and the nurse came in to take his vitals, he had no temp at all! The doctor came in and took his history. I told the doc that my husband was stage 4 Emphysema and he said that just to be safe he wanted to do a bunch of tests as well as a chest X-ray. Lab came back and it wasn't a urinary tract infection. Chest X-ray came back and it was Pneumonia! WHAT?? I've had pneumonia a couple of times over my lifetime and I ran a high fever and was coughing so badly I thought I would die. My husband hasn't even been coughing! He was all grumbly and just wanted to go home, but the doctor wanted to do a CAT Scan to see the extent of the pneumonia. He came back and said it was in his right upper lobe and wanted to admit him to the hospital. My husband said "NO, I feel fine." So since he wouldn't be admitted, they gave him 2 rounds of strong IV antibiotics and sent us home with more antibiotics. We followed up with his GP the next day. The doctor said his pneumonia was bad and he also wanted to admit him, but my husband still said he felt fine and didn't see why he should be admitted. Our GP did yell at him to make him understand how serious this was. I was glad of that!
While we were at the ER and he was hooked up to the machine measuring his oxygen, it beeped the whole 4 hours because he was dropping below 90 even on oxygen. So after he gets over the pneumonia, our GP is going to order a 24 hour oxygen monitoring test for him. Hopefully we can get some answers as to how much oxygen he needs to be on when he's sitting, just walking around, or exerting himself.
My question to the group is this, have any of you had pneumonia and not feel bad, nor have more coughing and have no fever? In fact his temp is now way below normal. UGH! It's all so confusing! How in the world will I know when he's sick?
Thanks for listening to my ramble. I just needed to talk about everything.