My mother is terrible at taking care of herself -- she has many times let an illness get out of control to the point where she is really sick. She's a smoker too, so sickness tends to really stick once she catches something. So once again, she ends up feeling very sick this week -- coughing, phlegm, throwing up, headache. I beg her to go to the doctor, but she demurs again and again. Last night around 8PM she calls me to tell me she's having trouble breathing and is on the way to the hospital with my dad!
Normally I would go to be there with her, but my DS is just 8 weeks old and spending a few hours with her in the ER while they evaluate her is probably NOT a good idea.
So hours later, after me trying repeatedly to call her cell and getting voicemail, she finally calls me at 3AM. She has pneumonia and they admitted her. She was quite out of it, so it was hard to get details. She was upset, said that she was angry that they made her stay, and that she was going to have to leave because payroll needs to be done at her job and she's the only one who can do it! Ugh. Typical mom... she'll do anything for other people but will NEVER take care of her own health. I would not be surprised if she checks herself out against medical advice today.
how contagious is someone with pneumonia?
would you visit in the hospital or stay away?
Would you let your mom near the babe, or wait until she's well again? (She was holding and kissing him on Christmas Eve even though she was already feeling sick... I didn't realize at the time that she was feeling so poorly. She hid it pretty well.)