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Pneumonia and professional photographer-AIBU?

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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?

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.

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?

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!

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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 15:52:42

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

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 15:51:46

Even though its contagious?confused

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 15:45:58

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

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

Google it!

My neighbour had it last year.

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 15:23:13

After a quick google it seems itIS contagious.

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

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

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??

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.

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

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

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

Green light? Gonna do it. Thanks everyone.

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.

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

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

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.

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