Bobbie has been struggling with COPD and bouts of pneumonia since last summer/fall. She entered the hospital in Bullhead City, AZ on 5 April, 2017 and had been in ICU there until 23 April, when she was transferred to the long term acute care facility (LTAC) in Phoenix (Peroia) AZ, where she is now.
While in ICU they also discovered a mold in her lungs. The Remicade used for several years to control the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) suppressed her immune system, so her body can't fight off the mold and pneumonia. They have been giving her the strongest possible broad spectrum antibiotic/antifungal cocktail to help fight them, and the counts did start to show slight improvements. However, they had to stop the Remicade around January 2017, and without it, the RA is attacking the body again. The ICU also discovered a blood clot, which they are treating with blood thinners.
Around 20 April her lung functionality was down to 20%, and even if they are able to cure the mold and pneumonia, the functionality is not likely to improve significantly.
Bobbie's goal is to get strong enough to move into an assisted living facility back in Bullhead City where her son and many of her friends live.