I fell asleep on a Friday evening, with the air conditioner blowing on me. By Sunday evening, my breathing was very difficult, and I couldn't hold out till Monday to see my Dr., so my wife drove me to the ER. It felt like I had pneumonia, since I'd had it a couple times before. I saw the ER Dr. in a fairly timely manner (of course, since I had difficulty breathing). I told him what I felt I had. X-rays were taken, and because my pneumonia had developed so quickly, the x-rays didn't show hardly anything, and no one thought to think, outside the box, that (being a retired RN myself), I might actually know what I was talking about! So procedure was followed, and I was admitted, put on IV fluids, and given IV antibiotics for what they thought was a blood infection. In the mean time I had a hard a very hard time trying to breathe, and was coughing, coughing, and more coughing, badly! I really suffered needlessly for days, and was given some relief, when given some morphine, every so often. My blood culture results showed positive for pneumonia, after 3 days of suffering! I was finally put on an IV antibiotic for the pneumonia, and somewhere along the way, I developed acute renal (kidney) failure! I was discharged after 5 days, and later received a $25000 bill!!!