People with infectious pneumonia often have a cough that produces greenish or yellow sputum and a high fever that may be accompanied by shaking chills. Shortness of breath is also common, as is pleuritic chest pain, a sharp or stabbing pain, either felt or worse during deep breaths or coughs. People with pneumonia may cough up blood, experience headaches, or develop sweaty and clammy skin. Other symptoms may include loss of appetite, fatigue, blueness of the skin, nausea, vomiting, and joint pains or muscle aches. Less common forms of pneumonia can cause a variety of other symptoms.
To diagnose pneumonia, health care providers rely on a patient's symptoms and findings from physical examination. Information from a chest X-ray, blood tests, and sputum cultures may also be helpful. The chest X-ray is typically used for diagnosis in hospitals and some clinics with X-ray facilities. However, in a community setting (general practice), pneumonia is usually diagnosed based on symptoms and physical examination alone. Diagnosing pneumonia can be difficult in some people, especially those who have other illnesses. Occasionally a chest CT scan or other tests may be needed to distinguish pneumonia from other illnesses.
Childress needs a TACO BELL!!! craved it so much, watched so many commercials. What can I do to get one here?
Favorite commercial-- 'Oh, did I do that?' I got not cell phone, I'm just a pothole." lol.... made me giggle everytime.
Request not to put IV in the elbow area... everytime you bend your arm it would beep.
Request a lesson on how to work the monitor for the IV. So you don't have to call them every 5 minutes (bag empty, air bubble, etc)
FOOD- I know those cafeteria people hated me. I didn't have much of an appetite anyways but the minute they would bring in the food, I would cover my mouth and point to take it back out the door.... lol. Not kidding. Just the smell of it.... did not settle w/me. That happened everyday, 3 times a day. Finally, Apply jacks was the only thing I could eat.