Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ack! Pneumonia!

I knew the weather outside was frightful this holiday season, but didn't think it was scary enough to wreak havoc on Moshura's lungs? I'm not sure we're sure what caused it. See below for health information on Pneumonia.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has some key points on Pneumonia:

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs. Many small germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, can cause pneumonia.

The infection causes your lungs’ air sacs, called alveoli, to become inflamed. The air sacs may fill up with fluid or pus, causing symptoms such as a cough (with phlegm), fever, chills, and trouble breathing.

The goals of treatment are to cure the infection and prevent complications. People who have more severe symptoms or underlying health problems may need treatment in the hospital.

Pneumonia can be very serious and even life threatening. When possible, take steps to prevent the infection.

- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs to kill germs.
- Keep your immune system strong. Get plenty of rest and physical activity and follow a healthy diet.
- If you have pneumonia, limit contact with family and friends. Cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissues right away. Follow the treatment plan your doctor gives you and get plenty of rest.

It may take time to recover from pneumonia. Some people feel better and are able to return to their normal routines within a week. For other people, it can take a month or more. Talk to your doctor about when you can go back to your normal routine.

Visit the Pneumonia page on MedlinePlus.


Anonymous said...

One Day at a Time said...
Freck, freck, freck, what is going on? That is a quote from the sitcom "Scrubs". I doubt that anyone watches that but all I can say is god darnet what is happening? Mr. Marcus is supposed to get better to put up with all of the craziness from the Caballitos in Huntington Park...Don't worry Marcus; you will get better because you need to help us with the craziness of a new roof, new attic, new garage, etc. Mr. Marcus,you have a t.v that needs an audio in/output that has to get fixed!! I paid a pretty penny so it has to get fixed!

weezy130 said...

I knew Marco had to go through the radiation process after his surgery, but I never expected for him to get pneumonia. Just when things are challenging as they are. Please know Marco that we are all here for you. We will follow all the rules to keep you away from additional germs and to keep up your immune system to fight this pneumonia. I'm glad that Moshura's sister posted the specifics because with this weather the colds are rampant.

weezy130 said...

The Wife pointed out if I had seen the tutorial video which is in the Medline Plus link. I just saw it and strongly also recommend it. Thank you to the Wife for letting me know about it and Sis for posting it. The treatment part is especially helpful. Right now is the crucial time Moshura to build your immunity, reduce your stress, and keep you away from germs. We will try to make you various kinds of healthy meals. We will try to build your appetite again.