So my Dad was ventilated for several weeks with Covid.
By Gods grace, he’s come round and now rehabilitating on a ward. He’s presently on nasal oxygen.
Now his present complaint is pain/discomfort on left side of chest when lying down-more so at night. He reports feeling hypoxic, even though saturation’s are within acceptable limits.
His CT chest has shown some fibrotic changes (Traction bronchiectasis) secondary to bilateral pneumonia from Covid, but they are hopeful some of this will resolve with time and they don’t know the long term implications just yet.
His heart function has been ok and the docs are happy with his echo/ECG.
He was previously fit and well. No respiratory or cardiac issues.
My question: Do these symptoms sound familiar to you? We’ve asked them to rule out PND and they’ve explored atypical Angina, but we are clutching at straws.
Other than oxygen, he’s on saline Nebs.
He was previously on Carbocysteine, but they don’t think that’s of benefit now as the mucus is clear and not plentiful and cough reflux is good.
Any ideas what it might be? Does it sound familiar? Any exercises/pharmacological or special investigations that might help?
All thoughts and advice appreciated. Thank you so much