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Pneumonia and professional photographer-AIBU?

(35 Posts)
Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 10:52:34

My son will be given his helmet for plagiocephaly on the 19th. I know this is for his own good.

I paid through the nose to have a professional photo shoot done this Friday so I can have some nice pictures before he has to wear this 23 hours a day.

The professional photographer first cancels and then rescheduleds. She tells me she is on anti biotics for 'walking pneuomenia' . My deposit was $800. The new shooy is set for Friday. AIBU to tjonk ot is too soon and demand a refund?

Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 10:55:22

Sorry for errors, on my phone. Ugh.

pinkdelight Tue 10-Sep-13 11:12:56

Can you do Friday or not? Unless you can't do it, I don't see the issue.

Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 11:13:55

Well wouldbI risk my DSs or my health?

Tabliope Tue 10-Sep-13 11:16:06

Is pneumonia catching then? I don't think it is. Is that what you're worred about?

pinkdelight Tue 10-Sep-13 11:19:42

That's what I thought - you tend to develop rather than catch pneumonia. There are germs which can cause a cold but normally for first 2-4 days. As long as she feels up to working, the contagion wouldn't be an issue for me. Also she didn't choose to get ill so not sure why the outrage - paid through the nose, demanding etc. She's rescheduled before your deadline. I'd be pleased!

FlipFlopFlambe Tue 10-Sep-13 11:25:14

You don't catch pneumonia from another person OP !!

FlipFlopFlambe Tue 10-Sep-13 11:25:14

You don't catch pneumonia from another person OP !!

Iamcountingto3 Tue 10-Sep-13 11:25:50

From a quick google, it's a mild pneumonia, right? Hummmm, I'd be tempted to risk it and go for the photos I think (from what I read it is pretty contagious, but symptomatically, just a bad cold most of the time. And surely if she's on AB now, she should be totally fine in over a week's time?

Although I'd also say - apart from the hassle of getting it on and off, & head-sweats, there's no real reason you couldn't just whip the helmet off for a photo session after 19th - I know they say not to, but really, one hour or so can't make too much difference)

(My dd had a plagio helmet and she looked FAB in it - in fact, some of my favourite baby photos of her are when she's wearing it!)

Iamcountingto3 Tue 10-Sep-13 11:26:48

Ah, my quick google was obviously wrong re contagion!

Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:34:20

I'm getting the photos before the helmet.

Worried about it. My GP says nix it. My doctor brother says get it done later.

DinoSnores Tue 10-Sep-13 12:38:54

It wouldn't bother me. (I'm a doctor.)

Sirzy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:48:56

Ds has had "walking pneumonia" many times and to my knowledge has never passed it on to anybody.

Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:57:31

Green light? Gonna do it. Thanks everyone.

Mixxy Tue 10-Sep-13 13:00:32

Can you tell me more of your DDs helmet experience imacounting?

Rooners Tue 10-Sep-13 13:11:30

If it is contagious, don't do it.

Also I'd think she will be below par in terms of getting a good result.

I'd get the money back.

Iamcountingto3 Tue 10-Sep-13 15:09:15

Dd is 8 now, so it's a bit hazy, but happy to dredge up what I can ... What would you like to know??

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:18:56

I think walking pneumonia is passed by droplets of saliva iirc, could be wrong though.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:23:13

After a quick google it seems itIS contagious.

justabigdisco Tue 10-Sep-13 15:42:34

I'm also a doctor, and have never heard of 'walking pneumonia'. Anyone care to enlighten me? grin

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:43:30

Google it!

My neighbour had it last year.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:45:58

www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/walking-pneumonia

Ok hope that worked as its the first time I've ever c and p from my phonegrin

justabigdisco Tue 10-Sep-13 15:50:21

Aha, 'a non-medical term to describe mild pneumonia'. I've been practising 8 years and have never once heard anyone use that term. Anyway OP I think if she feels well enough to be at work then you're probably fine!

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:51:46

Even though its contagious?confused

Sirzy Tue 10-Sep-13 15:52:35

When Ds had it I was told he had Mycoplasma Pneumonia but then they explained that is is commonly known as walking pneumonia.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:52:42

Its not a non medical term, a and e used it when treating my neighbour.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 15:59:34

Oh I see, you mean not a technical term. It's still used though clearly.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 16:00:20

Technical? That's not the right term but ykwim!

Sirzy Tue 10-Sep-13 16:03:37

i think it is the term which is used to explain it to people and make the pnumonia sound less scary

justabigdisco Tue 10-Sep-13 16:05:16

Any respiratory infection from a simple cold to pneumonia is potentially infectious. As long as the photographer isn't coughing and spluttering over OP's child then there is no greater risk involved than say, catching a bus. Also, that article seems to suggest 'walking pneumonia' is caused by a particular micro-organism which could only be diagnosed on a blood or sputum test, which is very rarely done as it provides no benefit. It seems to me that 'walking pneumonia' is more commonly used as a term to describe 'mild pneumonia' ie the person doesn't need to be confined to bed/hospital.

mumofwildthings Tue 10-Sep-13 21:14:46

I wouldn't worry about it. Pneumonia tends to be a secondary infection. My son had it (badly) and nobody else in the family caught it, neither did any of the other babies in paeds HDU catch it

DinoSnores Wed 11-Sep-13 08:51:28

I've never heard the phrase 'walking pneumonia' either despite 15 years as a medical student and doctor!

MrsReiver Wed 11-Sep-13 09:15:06

I had mild pneumonia in 2011 and was told it wasn't contagious - I developed it after breaking a rib. Would that be a different flavour of pneumonia though? Good luck with the photos & helmet OP!

GhostsInSnow Wed 11-Sep-13 10:13:34

Walking Pneumonia is the "in thing" in Hollywood. Seen a few stars day how ill they have been with it.
I think it's more of an American term than a UK one and I'm assuming as op uses dollars she might be in the US?

LessMissAbs Wed 11-Sep-13 10:23:07

I thought "Walking Pneumonia" was also known as A-typical or mycoplasma Pneumonia, in that it didn't necessarily respond to penicillin, because the latter mainly works by breaking down cell walls and the pathogens with WP tend not to have cell walls? However when I had pneumonia which only responded to a macrolide antibiotic, I certainly couldn't walk. It seemed that my DH did have walking pneumonia before I did, and he coughed and spluttered all over me, but his responded to penicillin. In view of how ill I felt, personally I wouldn't take the chance.

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