Last Saturday he insisted on going grocery shopping. No, no, said I it can wait until Monday. Oh no typical man, John decided he had been sick and in the house way to long and he had to do it for himself! He started to fell worse and worse as the day went on and finally I had to call the paramedic Saturday night. Damn I felt so guilty that I didn't phone for them earlier. He got way too stressed about me going to the hospital because it was dark and I don't do well driving in the dark sigh so I stayed home. I tell you the phone line was hot from me to the hospital. They only kept him in the Emergency room for about an hour, then moved him to the Emergency Assessment Unit and in the early hours of Sunday morning they moved him to the lung ward.
He had pneumonia and looked and felt like hell, having pnemonia on top of already having COPD isn't a good thing at all. Tuesday they let him home because I was there to look after him. My orders were John can come home as long as I treated him like he was still in the hospital ward and he couldn't do anymore than if he was still in hospital. The pulmonary nurse comes in every day and boy am I impressed with her.
Either one of the antibiotics or one of the inhalers is causing him to have nasty white yucky sores in his mouth and throat. John is looking better but his breathing after he just walks to the bathroom is still pretty rough, and talk about black under the eyes. I tell you he was one sick puppy.
Meds he is on:
1 Inhaler four times a day
1 twice a day
1 before and after doing anything that might make him breathless, as needed.
Nebuliser 4 times a day for the next 4 to 10 days.
Prednisone 8 a day for two more days
2 lots of antibiotic for 7 more days.
Liquid medicine 4 times a day to break up the congestion that he has to take for the next two months at least.
And today she is going to bring him some kind of gel or something for his mouth and throat.
How can you get pneumonia if you've had the shot that's supposed to cover you for 10 years?
All of this in addition to the regular meds he takes every day. giggggle I'm going to have a husband that rattles. He's not allowed to go to the doctors about his breathing until the nurse has discharged him. If he gets really sick again he has a red card, call 999 and he will be admitted to the EAU as soon as he gets there. That scared me having the red card. Thank God he only needs it until he is discharged by the nurse.
My next appointment with the pain clinic is the 11th May, not sure if they will reschedule the injections or not. I'll just have to wait and see.
Ok I've written a book and if you've gotten this far I'm impressed ;-)
Time for coffee! Have a happy Easter my friends.