pneumonia

  1. T

    My momma was diagnosed....

    Hi. I am new to the forum. My mom started having symptoms around 9 months to a year ago. Her symptoms were headaches, sleeping all the time, and slurred speech. She saw her family doctor several times and he kept telling her she was just tired. Finally, he sent her to see a specialist. The...
  2. K

    My Dad - Forever in our Hearts

    My dad was a top notch guy. A State Trooper for 33 years, a member of the ski patrol at various ski areas in NY State for 20+ years. He was a wonderful craftsman and a real do it yourselfer. He loved tinkering, fast cars and his Harley. Most of all he loved his family. He retired from the...
  3. P

    Newly diagnosed grandfather and not sure what to expect.

    Several years ago my grandmother went through several health problems, including a couple heart attacks, alot of hospital stays, and losing her leg to gangrene (not diabetes related). My grandfather (they raised me all my life, so basically my dad) took care of her throughout all of this. He was...
  4. H

    Miracle?!?!?!

    I hope some one is awake! I need someone to rationalize this with me. My father has been sick since June (first symptom) with rapid progression, and respiratory failure since oct through dec, where he only has movement of his hands/fingers mostly and his head side to side and a bit up and...
  5. L

    Torturous

    The last week has been hellish and I'm finding it hard to find the strength the deal with Dad's illness. He's in the VA hospital hospice. He has pneumonia and a blood infection. The morphine and Ativan can't make him comfortable. At times, he's on a morphine drip and he's still thrashing and...
  6. I

    Trache and Vent question

    Since ALS doesn't actually kill you but respiratory failure does, if someone is on a trache and vent then couldn't they live indefinitely? for 20-30 years or even longer? I'm confused as to why or how ALS could kill you if you were on a trache and vent. Would this only be from possible...
  7. D

    Home on a ventilator or staying in the hospital - potentially indefinitely

    Hi everyone, So my dad has been in hospital for 2 months now. He went in with a GI bleed, then he got pneumonia so he was endotracheally tubed, then we opted to go for a tracheotomy and ventilator as my father still has much use of his legs and head although he has little use of his arms, upper...
  8. melalthia

    Constant coughing and denial

    My mom hasn't had her swallow test yet but her speech and swallowing have been degrading very quickly. The problem i have is even though my mom is going to move in with me in a month and half, right now she lives two hours away... is alone and very very depressed and angry about all this. She...
  9. melalthia

    A question about my mom

    Hello everyone I posted this in the "Is this ALS?" forum.. and this morning when i woke I realized that was not the best place for it. First of all, hello! My name is mel and I just took my mom for her EMG test on wednesday. Though the blood work and MRI came back ok.. and the EMG said her...
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