It was a good thing that I talked to Carole Larkin and others before Dotty's doctor appointment on Monday. I went in with a plan and if I hadn't we would not know what we now know...
By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room
Dotty has been sick since December 31. By Monday she was a bit better, but not much.
In fact, when Dotty's temperature was elevated in early October they told me she had a urinary tract infection. I actually said, I don't think so. Subsequently, after sending her urine out for analysis they told me her test showed a false positive.
I have been trying to convince our doctor since October that Dotty is sick. I believed this because her temperature was running 98.4 to 98.8, and she did not have a urinary tract infection. It was checked every two weeks during this period..
On Monday, I went to the doctor's office with Dotty determined that she would received a CT Scan of the chest and blood cultures. On December 31, Dotty had a chest X-Ray and the report showed her lungs as clear.
Today we received the results of the CT Scan. Dotty has pneumonia, a small amount of fluid in her lung, and a small amount of fluid around her heart.
Don't panic. We have things under control. Please be assured that if Dotty shows any signs of getting worse, or a spike in her temperature, I will get her to the hospital immediately. No hesitation.
Today Dotty started on a Z Pac and is smoking. Mister Neb.
We have a plan in place.
Dotty is doing better but is still very weak. This morning's podcast is very different than the one I did on Monday.
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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room