Although I realize every case is different my question is if the timing of the second bout is affected by the severity of the first? I have had PSP for three years, and aspiration problems for about half that. I thickened drinks ad puree my food.
I just left a University hospital after being in Critical Care for 21days and the hospital 26. I had delayed going to the ER since I had visited my pulmonologist for my restrictive lung disease three days earlier and she mentioned nothing about pneumonia.
When I arrived at the ER I had aspiration pneumonia, atrial fibula ion and kidney failure Atrial fibulation and kidney failure can follow pneumonia. Both are now reversed.
I only mention the above to note the severity of the situation. Antibiotics and three draining tubes did not solve the issues so surgery had to be performed. They scrapped my lungs to remove as much foreign and scar tissue as possible. Follow CT shows problems still exist.
I've read that the first pneumonia weakens the person with following pneumonia causing a downward spiral. I am a 63 year old male and verily strong person. I still have the aspiration problem confirmed by barium studies
From your experiences does the repeat pneumonia happen faster due to the already damaged lungs, or does my general weaken health find it harder to fight off future infections.
Until then I am planning vacations and being as active as possible.