My husband has severe COPD and was admitted to hospital on 28 November with pneumonia. He seemed to have recovered and was discharged on 16 December. Four days later he had relapsed and was readmitted with severe breathing problems. He had various blood tests and sputum lab tests which finally resulted in him being diagnosed with pseudomonas. It took several days before any doctor actually named the infection and my research suggests it is primarily hospital infected.
He has had several days of IV antibiotics and is still in hospital under supervision - they are waiting to see if he relapses without any other medication. Obviously, having spent so long in hospital, he is fed up, but I am concerned that he will just revert to the severe infection as it had not completely cleared up - the last test on Wednesday suggested his infection level at 100, which is when they decided to stop ABs. His phlegm was never clear as it is when he is well (as well as he can be!) - more brownish - but now is brownish green (sorry for the graphic detail).
Only one registrar has actually named this bug - all the other medics look blank when he mentions it by name and as soon as my husband asks about how long it will take to go away they skirt around it.
He is due to have lung reduction surgery in April and I am very concerned that this will impact on his chances.
Has anyone else experienced this sort of cloak and dagger reaction to this "superbug"?