Hi, I am a 41 year old male that up until 3+years ago lived and worked a normal life. It started approximitely in Mid April 2005 when I was leaving the casino in Ft.Lauderdale FL. and noticed that I had a small headache and slightly stiff neck.(for me this is a sign I am getting sick)By the next morning I had some shortness of breath and a fever of 102'degree's, I figured I had the flu because of the symptoms I had. So I started taking some tylenol, bed rest and change in diet. mostly more fluids. The fever didn't go down but up to 103'f and would not move from approximate 103'f so I went to see my doctor and was prescribed Biaxin for a week, after about 4day's with no change in my fever I went to my local urgent care center. There they did an chest xray and found an unusual rectangular shape in my left lower lobe and was told I had walking pneumonia and gave me Leviquin for 1 week. After 5 day's of the new med I was getting worse and went to the hospital and was taken in immediately. My 02sats were in the low 90's I had over an 103'fever. I was admitted with a diagnosis of pneumonia. I was seen by a pulmonary doc and an Internist. They started doing tests and after 2 day's came up with Empyema (pus in the chest wall or pneumonia on the outside of the lung) This diagnosis really screwed them up because there is less than 1% of the population that gets this and usually it's an elderly sick person or a very young toddler. so I was given ct scans, chest xrays, arterial blood gases, 2 lung biopsies with pieces of my lung and pleura removed. Meanwhile my fever remained and oxygen levels were dropping. They made there mistake by not putting in chest tubes to drain the pus from the chest wall. And diagnosing it a level 1 empyema and not a 3 which is the worst you can get. After 2weeks in the hospital and having over 20 IV's and about 8 different antibiotics their still was no improvement. I was seen by a thoracic surgeon after 3 days in hosp and was told he was going to use all different types of antibiotics. I was getting chest xray's daily and since I was in the medical field as a respiratory therapist I knew how to read a chest xray and noticed that my left lower lobe was gone because of the pus but the doctor didn't want to put in a chest tube to drain and re-inflate my left lung. After one week in the hosp I was still running a fever in the 103's and 02sat's were 90% on O2. my thoracic surgeon went on vacation for a week and left me in the hands of a retiring surgeon of 77yrs old that didn't do procedures because of his hands. When my doctor came back after 1 week he came and saw me still in the hospital but my whole left lung was collapsed and trachea had shifted to the right lung I was on 100% O2 and my sat's were 85% and my fever was 103.5'. I was rushed into the O.R. and for six hours he drained 4liters of pus and had to cut away the scar tissue that surrounded my lung and after re-inflating my lung he had removed the outer lining of my lung that keeps the lung from sticking to the chest wall. I woke up with 5 tubes coming out of my chest.(2 chest tubes, 2 draining tubes and 1 medication tube). I stayed another 2 weeks because my fever finally broke after 10days post op. I went home after 1 month in the hospital with about 10 medications and oxygen. my pulmonary tests come back as if I was an 80year old smoker with emphysema and to this day has not changed after 3yrs and I have chronic pain due to the lining of the removed. I am on disability because of sob and pain. All the doctor had to do was put in a chest tube on my 2nd day in the hospital and I would have been OK. But now I need a special surgery because of severe heartburn and a hiatal hernia and still to this day I get fevers about every 4 to 6 weeks and have been hospitalized over 15times since the operation. It's an on going nightmare. RB.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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