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Living Well

Dealing with Pneumonia -- One Man's Experience

April 2000

Today is my first day back at work after being out for ten days, four of which were spent at DeKalb Medical Center for the treatment of suspected PCP. I say "suspected" because the bronchoscopy done at the hospital came back "clear" (does my insurance company still have to pay for this?). Since I never seem to have a textbook case of anything, I want to share with you gentle readers some of my experiences during the last few weeks.

This case of pneumonia was presented in late January as fatigue. I was sleeping twenty hours per day but had no fever or coughing. In fact, it wasn't until the second chest x-ray that there was any indication of pneumonia. Interestingly, we did a complete

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