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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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My Dad had double pnuemonia & his feet an ankles have swollen up, please help him

My Dad was at xmas taken into hosp with double pnuemonia. He was let out after just 3 days and given antibiotics. He is a heavy smoker. He is still far from well. He has gone bk to GP and been given Ibruprofen.He looks grey in the face and is still having pains down side and now his feet an ankles have swollen up.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Hi Sam, You should bring your father to the emergency department. It's obvious his pneumonia hasn't gotten better. Ibuprofen can cause fluid retention but it sounds like he might be in heart failure and needs to be re-evaluated. He might have pleurisy from the pneumonia, but everyone is just guessing right now. Does you Dad have a fever? He needs home oxygen if his colour is gray and his oxygen saturations closely monitored in case he has emphysema from his smoking. I'm assuming he is still on antibiotics. He needs to be reassessed today.Sam I went through this so many times with my own father. You need to bring him back to the hospital as it is so obvious they discharged him prematurely..Take care, Donna Edit: How did you make out with your Dad? Did you bring him to the hospital?
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