Our expert says:
Severe infections like pneumonia usually cause temporary anorexia in the patient, so that they don't really feel like eating lots of food. Your friend should have plenty of fruit juice and fresh fruit, yoghurt, milk shakes, smoothies (I don't know if you can make these for her - use fresh fruit, full-cream milk or yoghurt, or even ice cream - anything to encourage her to eat), with light meals of lean meat, fish or eggs and cooked vegetables. If your friend has no appetite then it may be better for her to have a liquid meal supplement like Ensure or Fresubin or any one of the other high-energy liquid meal supplements that can be purchased at the chemist. Serve the liquid meal supplements cold as this makes them more acceptable to patients who have a lack of appetite. It is also a good idea to take a complete vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum or Supradyn Forte until she has regained her strength. Omega-3 fatty acids (Salmon oil capsules) also boost immunity.
I hope your friend will soon feel much better and recover fully. She needs to take things very easy and have lots of rest for at least 6 weeks after discharge from the hospital.
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