Shelma has spent nearly 2 months in the hospital with fever, cough and Failure to Thrive. At 6 months of age she was under 9 pounds and very frail. Mom is HIV positive. We treated her for pneumonia but her fever did not clear until we treated her for TB. 2 weeks later HIV medications were added. Despite feeding her every 2 hours she has gained only 1 pound. She was finally able to go home today. Hopefully she will continue to gain weight as her immune system recovers.
This afternoon I had the pleasure to meet Theckla, a spry 110 year old lady. It took quite some effort for her 81 year old son to convince her to come to the hospital with cough of 1 weeks duration. Her exam was quite good so she will hopefully improve and be able to go home in a few days.