The last time I posted, my mother had been taken to the hospital from the nursing home with pneumonia. Now, mind you, this was based upon a physical exam by HER doctor and a review of chest X-rays taken at the nursing home. The hospital started her on oxygen and IV antibiotics. Based upon review of their own X-rays, they confirmed pneumonia. After 3 days, they were perplexed that she was not responding to the antibiotics...Hmmm...let's see...how about we run some blood work? I mean, we wouldn't want to rush anything...Yeah...after 3 days, let's run some blood work for sure...WOW...what's this??? Looks like some sort of infection...Hmmmm...let's do a urinalysis...UH OH....she has a raging urinary tract infection....let's look at those X-rays again...well, shoot...what were we thinking??? She doesn't have pneumonia. She has a urinary tract infection.
So...after 4 days in the hospital and being given IV antibiotics focused on clearing up pneumonia, my mother was sent back to the nursing home with a urinary tract infection. I am clearly not a physician but...how do you confuse a urinary tract infection with pneumonia, especially after viewing two different sets of X-rays? Wouldn't you think somebody would've figured it out before 4 days of being in the hospital on potent drugs...the wrong potent drugs for the infection she REALLY has? Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful it's not pneumonia but this just does not appear to be healthcare at its finest.