She went to her doctor with a cough months ago. He started treating her for allergies and ran tests for various heart ailments. The cough continued. He prescribed a stress test and made her wear a monitor to check her blood pressure (she passed both). Her cough worsened, and he gave her a antihistamine shot of some kind. She spiked a fever, and he called in an antibiotic to a pharmacy (it took six hours for his office to do this) and FINALLY requested that she get a chest x-ray. Then she spiked another fever, and the ER looked at the x-ray and diagnosed pneumonia. I wonder how long my mother had pneumonia.