they call it "practising" medicine

Just a heads up.
Two years in a row now, I've gotten pneumonia during flu season. Both times it was diagnosed as the flu until it got bad enough to put me in the hospital.
There was a medical study mentioned on the news last night. Seems one in 20 (5%) of all patients are misdiagnosed. Half of those mistakes are dangerous. Which is the most misdiagnosed of the dangerous ones? You got it - pneumonia.
Be careful out there.
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On Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:40:07 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

So when think you're getting sick again, do you go right away to get a blood test or is that too cost prohibitive?
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On 4/17/2014 1:40 PM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

I've had pneumonia once, walking pneumonia.. it really knocked me down... don't know why it is walking....
They have preventitive shots now, but I have never had them...
Maybe since you are now prone to getting it, you should think about it.
--
Jeff

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Had you an annual flu shot?
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Larry, I don't ever get the flu, but usually get upper respirtory infections in the fall/winter that has turned into pneumonia I don't get a flu shot, but I do get a pneumonia shot now, that usually is good for 5 yrs. My Doc says for folks like us every 3-4 is a good idea, too. hth
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There are three vaccines all of us old farts ought to get -- pneumonia, the annual flu shot and the shingles vaccine. I've had all three and encourage all of you to do likewise. I had pneumonia about 20 years ago and never want to go through that again.
Larry
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In belched:

yeah, fergot about shingles, I had it my 20's and that mofo HURT!
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On Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:23:01 -0700, Gramps' shop wrote:

I've had all 3 - I still got pneumonia :-). I've had the flu shots ever since they made them available and they've worked pretty well.
But pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or even fungi. The shot only protects against common forms of the bacterial type.
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On Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:40:07 AM UTC-7, Larry Blanchard wrote:


I can't believe there's a bug out there tough enough to knock you down Larr y. LOL! I know what you mean - got it almost 20 years ago and dang near t ook me out. I don't take the flu shots or the pneumonia vaccines - but I d o get nervous when I get the flu (which has been almost 10 years now.)
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"Larry Blanchard" wrote:

------------------------------------------------- A few years ago, my mother's doctor (She was 101 at the time) were having a conversation about mom who was in relatively good health and still living alone.
He made the following comment, "Pneumonia is the friend of the elderly".
He was referring to those in our elderly population who were in ill health and could look forward to several more years of life under those conditions, and how pneumonia would claim them quickly and with relatively little pain involved.
As always, your perspective is molded by your training and experiences.
Lew
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On Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:27:25 -0700, Lew Hodgett wrote:

It was called "The old man's friend" when I grew up.
I'm not quite ready for that "friendship" yet :-).
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

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"Larry Blanchard" wrote:

-------------------------------------------- That makes two of us.
Lew
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