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#1 Margaret

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 07:46 AM

Hi Everyone,

Gareth woke up coughing and feverish (100). I figured he had a sinus or ear infection. I got him in to his primary care physician, who ordered a series of X-rays, and the kid has a left upper lobe pneumonia. He's got him on two strong antibiotics, an expectorent and his inhaler. He told me if his temp goes higher or he gets more lethargic, then he's in the hospital. Gareth has never had pnemonia before and I find it hard to believe it just popped up like that. He was coughing some yesterday but wasn't feverish. Sooooooooooo, does this go along with the autoimmune problems or is this just a freaky occurance? His primary care physician was pretty concerned.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 08:07 AM

Hi Margaret, sorry to hear that Gareth is so ill, hope he soon starts to improve with the antibiotics. I don't know whether in Gareths case it is related to autoimmune disease or not , however it certainly can just 'pop up' as you put it. One of my sons had Pneumonia when he was ten, one day he was fine the next was ill but the antibiotics sorted it pretty quickly,although he was left feeling tired for a few weeks.
All the best
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 08:28 AM

Margaret, I was sorry to read that Gareth is ill, but I'm glad his primary care physician is on top of it and advised you as he did.

I hope he recovers quickly, with the antibiotics.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:34 PM

Margaret,


Your post was very humbling for me.

I hope your son recovers quickly .

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 02:20 PM

Margaret,
I am so sorry to hear you son has pneumonia. It's good that you were able to get him into the doctors so quickly. Hope the meds work fast for him (and you).

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 05:45 PM

Sorry to hear Gareth is feeling unwell, Margaret. Sounds like you have the situation well in hand, however. Don't forget to take care of yourself, too.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:40 AM

Margaret,
I am so sorry he is so sick! Good thing you have a primary care physician who is on top of everything! It can just pop up like that in anyone. I know of a a few people who have had pneumonia recently. There is alot of stuff going around right now. My hubby has either bacterial bronchitis or whooping cough! I am hoping for the broncitis.

Hope Gareth is well soon!

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#8 Margaret

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:52 AM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the responces and concerns.

I have talked to several people and they have said the same thing, that one
day you could be fine and the next have pneumonia. I never knew that. I always thought pneumonia came from a bad head cold/flu. He's very hyper.....not at all lethargic like I would expect. I am beginning to think it's the antibiotics that are hyping him up. Also........the sweating.....man!!! He goes through a shirt every hour or so!!! I called the nurse this morning to ask some questions and she said sweating and 'yo yo' temps are norm. He's home till Monday when he will get another chest X-ray.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 03:43 PM

Hi Everyone,

Gareth went to school today after the chest X-ray looked good. He will have another X-ray next Monday, but the doctor was pleased with what he saw. Gotta love them antibiotics!!!

I realized this week that I have *known* many of you for a year now. WOW....where did that time go?!?!? I have learned so much from this forum.....a sincere thank you to everyone.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret