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Pneumonia - my mom too... was posted 03/30/2011 02:21 pm by Lyn
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I am so sorry for your loss Anna.

I am so sorry you didn't have more time.

My mom also died suddenly from Pneumonia. She was having occasional mild fevers. It was also attributed to Gemzar or the cancer. She only had problems with low oxygen the day before she died. It happened so quick, and also our oncology clinic was not helpful.

One thing I learned over this year is that if you are on steroids to help with your symptoms, you should also be on a low dose of an antibiotic to help prevent pneumonias, since steroids suppress your own immune system. Also, if your lymphocytes are too low (specifically with the subtype of CD4 cells < 250) you should also be on a protective antibiotics (usually Bactrim). I even knew about this and had asked the oncology nurse the week before about it and she did not start an antibiotic. She should have.

Fighting with your loved-ones doctors/nurses has been one of the most upsetting parts of this whole process. Mistakes happen all the time.

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