Pneumonia in elderly after surgery

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She has been in Intensive Care Unit for over 11 days and today just got a tracheotomy surgery to insert a tube directly on her trachea to help breathing. She has also been in medically induced coma since she was in ICU. Her doctor is now trying to give the 4th anti-biotics without knowing which germ caused this pneumonia. Is there any new method to culture germs quicker ? and any new method or anti-biotics is useful to cure such severe pneumonia ?
He does have blood clots and was on cumaden but the doc took him off today to get ready for the surgery in a week. The doctor said the bone moved forward since the 1st CT was done about 6 wqeks ago since he was taking off the brace and that if it is not done he will soon experience numbness in the legs and arms. Like i said, he is way better and up and around all the time and of course is wearing the brace 24 hours a day now.
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and is hospitalized for various ailments once in every eighteen month period (last hospitalized for pneumonia in early 1997). Are there any other alternatives to surgery? What is the mortality rate of elderly people with regard to gall bladder surgery? What problems are likely to occur with a diabetic who undergoes gall bladder surgery? HELP!
and is hospitalized for various ailments once in every eighteen month period (last hospitalized for pneumonia in early 1997). Note: She takes two types of insulin every day - a total of 30 units of Humulin N and a total of 19 units of Humalog. : Are there any other alternatives to surgery? : What is the mortality rate of elderly people with regard to gall bladder surgery? : What problems are likely to occur with a diabetic who undergoes gall bladder surgery? : HELP!
Are there any other alternatives to surgery? What is the mortality rate of elderly people with regard to gall bladder surgery? What problems are likely to occur with a diabetic who undergoes gall bladder surgery? HELP!
and is hospitalized for various ailments once in every eighteen month period (last hospitalized for pneumonia in early 1997). Are there any other alternatives to surgery? What is the mortality rate of elderly people with regard to gall bladder surgery? What problems are likely to occur with a diabetic who undergoes gall bladder surgery? HELP!
So i have had nothing for pain since 3 weeks after surgery. Right after surgery in a drugged state I told him my leg hurts worse (I don't remember saying it) and his answer was " Then we shouldn't have done surgery" I had no problem with my right leg priop to surgery, but now at 5 weeks i have to drag my leg, and it hurts unbelievably, i can't even lay on my right side. Sometimes it feels like ants are crawling under my skin.
Hello--I am very confused and sad and need help in understanding the recent death of a friend of my family. He was 75 and in outstanding health, active every day, travelling, etc. About a month ago, he had a physical exam including a barium procedure (this was supposed to be needed every five years). From the results of the barium procedure, he was given an outpatient colonoscopy. There was one large polyp which required inpatient surgery. This polyp was biopsied and found benign.
That and low hemoglobin right after a transfusion resulted in cancelation of the surgery. 5. Just enough dementia to result in shrieking outburst if anyone says something she disagrees with - which is just about anything. My father died in 1994 which forced both of my parents to finally prepare a will. After his death, my mother saw an attorney and updated her papers. She purposely left out a general power of attorney. I was already noticing signs of dementia at that time.
the docs keep telling us that it's a result of the anesthesia, but a day after the surgery ( that would be Monday) they said to give it another 24 hours...now it's Friday and they can't give us a straight answer, and are running more tests ( he also just developed pneumonia and infection). Do any of you nurses have any experience with this? Or has anyone else here had this experience with an elderly loved one?
Is 4 days a long time to be unconscious after surgery? We are all worried sick. Thank you in advance!
I remember having two dizzy spells and a weird feeling in my stomach like something in it dropped right after the vaccine. I hope you get into see the neurologists that you want soon. Please don't forget to keep us posted as to what they say. And don't forget one of us is usually on here everyday for support for each other so post anytime. Iceskater: I work in a hospital authority with many doctors and let's just say some doctors are okay, others barely passable, and some are great.
I thought this was subsiding a bit but it has come back full force. Like I am standing or sitting or laying on a running generator at all times. I went to the dentist and thought I would vibrate right out of the chair. I wondered how he could work with my jaw and head moving so much. When he was done I said, "Did you think I was shaking from fright'? He had no idea what I was talking about. Said he hadn't noticed a thing.
Let me get this straight, I am a surgeon and the original poster would have me removing abdominal organs and then tell the patients to just suck it up because a few elderly folks with pneumonia succombed to narcotics to keep them comfortable in the last days of their lives? This do gooder would have to deal with the sudden increase in suicide from the patients in severe chronic pain that then had absolutely nothing to minimize their suffering.
I wasn't asking for great or exceptional - just good. After the medical cr ap that hit the fan in 2008 with my heart attack and diagnosis of MS, it certainly could improve. Oh how wrong was my thinking - Jan. 1 my 92 y/o MIL landed in the hospital with pneumonia. Eight days later she was moved to a nursing home , where she still is trying to recuperate.
I have had that same smoke smell in my nose from time to time. I also get the sensation that one feels after they have been punched in the nose, but not very often. Probably only about 3 times a year or so. I do have sinus problems and always have, but I have never really taken anything for it other than something over the counter during a cold. I have regular stuffiness and pretty much always have. I just have learned to deal with it. It would be nice to know were that smoke smell comes from.
Approximately 1 week following the surgery, he developed a hematoma in his leg at the site of the surgery and an in room procedure was peformed to remove this. An infection developed and he was placed on antibiotics. As of today, his leg is still healing with daily bandage changes. 2. Approximately 7 days following the heart surgery, he developed a cough, had a slight slur to his speech and complained he could not eat due to his not liking the food or the smell of food.
She was a smoker for 30 years but quit about 1 year ago. In December she had brochitis,and in April her doctor diagnosed pneumonia via a chest XRAY. At that time nothing was said about COPD. She has not felt strong since the pneumonia diagnosis and continued to see a different doctor who took another chest XRAY and provided more antibiotics. One month ago she was rushed to ER for severe shortness of breathe.
hi all just wanted to put my 2 centce in here and say that MMR thing is not what started my MS iv had to take that shot 8 time so far do to it somehow being to low the first time of corse as a kid with all the other childhood shots then when i went into foster care i had all the blood work and check ups the dr found that my MMR imunity was to low so that got me a shot then one month later went back for more blood workup and the MMR imunity still to low so again another shot was good to
I had a Mirena IUD put in after my first child. I kept it in for a year. After removal, I got a heavy period about a week later. I successfully became pregnant on the second cycle. We are now ttc#3. I had the IUD removed on February 25th. I got an EXTREMELY heavy w/ lots of clots period 3 days later. I am currently temping and taking OPK's.
If your doctor knows that your own area is experiencing an outbreak of influenza, it may be reasonable to treat with antiviral drugs, especially if your temperature is more than 100 degrees and your symptoms have lasted less than 48 hours, and you don't have pneumonia. This is because antivirals won't help if given after 2 days of symptoms. They work by stopping the spread of the virus and if you take the antiviral too late, it's too late to stop the spread, it's already happened.
It is not unusual for him to need oxygen assistance for days after his surgery. I was on oxygen for 4+ days after my bypass. His age is a little factor in how quickly he will recover but the worst, hopefully, is behind him and it is uphill from here. Good luck. Hope he does well.
While my mother was receiving physical therapy in June at the same nursing home she developed pneumonia and was rushed to the hospital where after only 2 days she aspirated on some medicine and had to be incubated, later having to receive a tracheotomy. Because of her weakened condition it took several months for her to be weaned off of the ventilator.
There is no guarantee of how bad it is. White phlegm is a better sign than bright green. And It's probably a good sign that you used to go to the gym without your smoking habit causing you chest pains. However, things like this shouldn't be waited on. Pneumonia is extremely curable if it's treated. It can be caused by either a virus or a bacteria.
I understand the feeling of being overwhelmed, needing help but not sure who to turn to. I'm almost in that mode with my elderly mom (she's 84). She needs a lot more help than I can give her but her doctor doesn't seem to get it (he only talks to her for 15 minutes, not a good way to determine how she handles her daily life). I keep waiting for some turning point where the doctors will take notice and insist on some kind of assisted care.
Then i had to lay with 3 chest tubes to drajn more for about 3 days after my surgery. I was told that if i hadnt gotten there when i did i would have died in about 1to 2 days. What i wanted to know is how long does it take to get back to normal or close to it? I want to start workin out again but it hurts to try to do situps and stretching. Im about to go crazy because to me its takin to long for me to heal.
Once Daddy started getting over the pneumonia, he returned to his normal self. I was told that when elderly are taken out of their normal routine and surroundings it is not uncommon for this behavior. I do so hope your Dad gets better soon.
Do you think there is a possibility she might have pneumonia? I'm not a doctor, just a daughter with two parents also in their 80s who've had heart problems the past 2-3 years, and these are a few things that came to mind while reading your post. Let us know how she's doing.
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