my dad was taken to the ER on tuesday morning. at that point he had been sick for 3 weeks and he wasn't getting any better.

the doctor diagnosed him with double pneumonia, a double lung infection, a colon infection, and his cholesterol was above 800. (a "normal" high cholesterol rating is 200) my mom called me and repeated over and over again "he's a walking time bomb".

he should be released this afternoon if he doesn't show signs of fever. last night after the test results came back he was diagnosed with legionnaires' disease. i think he'll be fine if his body accepts the antibiotics.

it's so weird, my parents are getting old. you'd think they might actually THINK about quitting smoking.

Legionnaires' Disease

 

Also called: Legionellosis

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. You usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria. The mist may come from hot tubs, showers or air-conditioning units for large buildings. The bacteria don't spread from person to person.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include fever, chills, a cough and sometimes muscle aches and headaches. Other types of pneumonia have similar symptoms. You will probably need a chest x-ray to diagnose the pneumonia. Lab tests can detect the specific bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease.

The bacteria are more likely to make you sick if you

  • Are older than 65
  • Smoke
  • Have a lung disease
  • Have a weak immune system

Legionnaires' disease is serious and can be life-threatening. However, most people recover with antibiotic treatment.

**** A desirable total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or lower. A desirable LDL is 100 mg/dL (130-159 is borderline high; 160 is high; 190 is very high). HDL, the "good cholesterol," should be around 40 mg/dL or greater. With HDL, the higher the number, the better, and 60 mg/dL is protective against heart disease.

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xande...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:01 AM Ill keep your dad in my prayers...I hope yall are doing ok!

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CoolB...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:01 AM I hope he gets better soon!

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TakeM...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:51 AM sheesh! EVERYONE is being diagnosed with pneumonia! i wonder what is going on??? i hope your dad feels better soon!

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abiga...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM A level of 800 of cholesterol! That is scary. I'm so sorry your dad has been sick. I hope he recovers soon. As far as the smoking goes; most older people who smoke cant even imagine quiting, even if it interferes with their health.

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Abomn...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 12:31 PM

keeping you and your family in my thoughts...

wow.  you never hear of anyone being dx'd with Legionnaires anymore, though i'm sure it's much more common that one would expect.

 

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jessi...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 5:07 PM sorry to hear about your dad...i hope he gets better soon

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kater
Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:14 PM

sorry that the only post i've heard from you in a while is a sad one.  ~~~healthy vibes your way~~~

 

*snicker*  because i thought you'd appreciate knowing that i typed "vines" first and had to correct it.  you can have some healthy vines too tho.  i have some in the yard.  *snorrrt*

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Amy10...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:41 PM Hope you Dad gets better soon! I hear you about the smoking! It took my Dad to get rectal cancer before he quit but my mom is still puffing away!

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LILKIMMY
Jun. 1, 2008 at 11:12 PM Getting old scares the heck out of me and what I think about most is my babies being without us one day (down the road, of course but still...ick) and that terrifies me to no end. I hope that your Dad gets better and that your Mom stays strong.

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proud...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 8:33 AM

so sorry your dad is super-duper sick.

i hear ya tho---i refuse to think about my parents get old. they aren't allowed. NO i'm not in denial....i just don't ever want them to get sick or old.

i hope your dad starts feeling better PRONTO.......and i'll keep my fingers crossed that their cigarettes go the way of the trash.

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