Recovering from Pneumonia Takes Time—Don’t Overdo It!
Nobody really enjoys being ill. It can be frustrating and even depressing to face a long recovery from a serious illness, but when it comes to condition such as pneumonia it is absolutely critical that you give your body ample time to heal. Pneumonia is a serious medical condition that can begin mild and then rapidly worsen to a life-threatening situation. Giving yourself the time it takes to get better will give you the best chance possible of recovering completely, and as quickly as possible.
This is particularly true for seniors who are dealing with pneumonia. Aging brings with it an increased susceptibility to illness, and greater difficulty recovering. This means that if an aging loved one is coping with pneumonia, you must make sure that he is being diligent about his rest and is not jumping back into his normal routine too quickly.
The average time of recovery for a case of pneumonia is from 2 to 6 weeks. More severe cases, however, can take even longer to be completely out of the body. After a couple of weeks of feeling sick, it is normal to want to get up and try to get back into the normal swing of life. This can be detrimental to the health of anyone trying to get over a bout with pneumonia. You must resist the urge to push yourself to get back into your routine until your body has had the chance to completely recover. Following up with your physician several weeks after the onset of the pneumonia can give you insight into how your body is progressing and let you know when you are ready to do more.
If at any point after recovering from pneumonia you or your loved one begins to feel ill or overly fatigued again, you should immediately go back to your doctor. He will likely want to do another chest x-ray and other tests to evaluate your condition. The pneumonia might have returned, or you may just be overdoing it and need to take some more time to rest.