Dr Brims : Hello, welcome to Justanswer, I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek
Dr Brims : I'm sorry to hear about this
Customer: thank you
Dr Brims : What is his CD4 count?
Customer: not sure but he gets checked every month and is on several antiretroviral meds
Customer: so he's doing everything he should to take care of it and monitor his status
Dr Brims : How long has he been in the ICU?
Customer: Since Friday 6:30pm
Customer: he experienced a series of severe seizures 12 hours post-admission and has been in a coma but is getting progressively more responsive exhibiting increased semi-purposeful movements
Customer: pupils responsive to light
Dr Brims : I see, then there are very good chances he will recover
Customer: I'm very worried about the pneumonia though because they said it's a leading cause of death in the intensive care unit
Dr Brims : Did they say what type of pneumonia?
Customer: no but they have him on antibiotics
Customer: and are treating it aggressively. they said he is coughing a lot which is good and they may be able to take him off the ventilator in another 24 hours or so
Dr Brims : Okay, the possibility of recovery depends on the type of pneumonia and his CD4 count
Customer: is it possible his HIV status could adversely impact his recovery chances, even if he is on medication for it?
Dr Brims : Yes, if his CD4 count is low it could affect his recovery
Customer: ok, thank you for answering my questions
Dr Brims : You're very welcome