should i check out ?

Recently in hoso..again. w/pnemonia . let go 3 days later March 3 2020.  Breathing is still not good, coughing up storm. Hurts when i do. Nurse had fever show yesterday and the heart  doc is all over phone as he said  i need heart meds i have A-Fib.  WHAT? ARE you kidding me? Sometimes i feel if was not for this pacemaker , i would not be in this condition. Sept was orgiinal surgery day but had to be  put off as  i had pnemonia ..again. so this makes 4 times.  

 Would afib- make me breath erratic?

Feel too bad for mankind' to catch something from me. I do have oxygen. Sad when you reach 60 and if you can count real friends on one hand, your doing good.

Jeus is first and foremost in my life besides my pets, grandson and son.  I have lost all other family, all in 6 weeks.  This is tough and just hate to call 911 as they tell you not to.  All my docs are sick or on vaca.  I am truly feeling like Italy and pretty soon they will pick and choose and i will not be a rotable item. I am expendable and it is high time i face my maker. So glad i am at peace with that , just do not want to be discovered '' days later.   Nurse said vitals are good, have 3 breathing treatments a day. COPD i know will not help this but i am too scared of heart meds. When i had open heart in 67 at 8yrs .doc said it could hurt me more than help. Guess times have changed.  Glad they check blood too as you guessed . That came back to haunt me too but not sure if the chemo of 2 yrs with peg interferon was as bad as this lingering pnemonia. I just cannot get no one to listen or care.  Hell to get old 

  So ..afib..mess up my breathing would it?  Sorry for the ramble just no one around.  (◡‿◡✿)




Should you check out?

by Selwyn - 2020-03-15 08:01:46


Hold in there. You are in the safest place and you already have a bed!

Sorry to hear you are so poorly. We all hope you make a speedy recovery.

Fast atrial fibrillation will increase your shortness of breath. Atrial fibrillation alone may be without symptoms. It is best to ensure that the heart rate is kept under control, even if the rhythm is not controlled. The way to do this is with medication. It is all fairly routine for the medical staff as atrial fibrillation is a common condition in older people ( about 5% of retired people). Have confidence in the drugs- beta blocking drugs would normally be avoided if you have COPD, though there are plenty of others ( and I have tried them!).

It is risky to have surgery when you have a chest infection. Sometimes local anaesthesia is safer than having a general anaesthetic, if this is possible. 

My brother has just come out of hospital with pneumonia. His breathing was rapid, his oxygen saturation low, he felt terrible. He had antibiotics,  and oxygen. Two weeks later, he is now getting better and has started to exercise. He is normally a fit and well 68 year old. 

Best wishes


by sablelulu - 2020-03-15 09:47:41

You would not believe the 20 times they tried to find vein. Well that was during the 3 day stay..  So fever back, feeling so bad...and my dad came to me in my dreams. i know sounds weied.  But at 8 yrs old , the cath went to infection and they did not get the cast off and i got gang green as a kid. the smell , infection and swellin. SAME as i feel now so he said remember ...get up ..go take those antibotics they said to take out of the equation as i was already on 600mg zpac ,,but before this all happen , lung doc put me on 250 mg at night for 60 days. I was taken to hosp after 35 i have some left and you know i am not throwing antibotics away.  I ate 500 mg last night.  IT IS a blood infection . I had one as a kid and i knew that feeling , i knew something was wrong so this was headed straight to my heart . I know ..Jesus is awesome and folks do not is time to run to church and not Costoco ...THANK YOU  I am in quarentine and not leaving . Never had no issues as i have been here most of the time on a mobility scooter but i need a walker as i think this would help me to move.  Oh i do and clean clean. I have awesome heart doc just never thought i would need a pacemaker. i FEEL so much better already .. 


by Selwyn - 2020-03-16 19:09:04

Great news! It looks like we will be hearing from you for some time then!

Best to take your time for recovery. It sounds that your body has had a good beating.

I can think of any number of things worse than having a pacemaker, and no jokes about Mother in Laws.  How about this one:

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.
After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet..

"How can you be so sure?" she protested.. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "£1,500!" she cried,"£1,500 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now £1,500."


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