Of all possible complications and illnesses I've had a moment's worry about because of ME/CFS (lymphoma, heart failure, colds, flus; etc) I never thought about pneumonia. My grandmother (she's had a complete recovery)had it a couple of months ago and an acquaintance a few months before, after compassion, my next reaction was, 'whew! at least I don't have to worry about that'. Last month my roommate (a smoker) became ill. It took two ambulance trips to the emergency room, two doctor's appointments and two weeks for them to finally diagnose pneumonia. Sadly, it may be too late. She's been fighting for her life for almost a month, in and out of intensive care. Her's is yet another infuriating example of the two standards of medical care; particularly the low-to-no-standard medical care for the poor. It never occurred to me while helping with her care that I was exposing myself to a possible contagion. I didn't think you could 'catch' pneumonia. But I did. I got through it, mostly. And am now in uncharted territory. I know what to expect after a cold or flu. But this pneumonia thing is crazy. I haven't left my house for almost three weeks. Each time I tried, I would come home or wake up with flu symptoms! Seriously, the whole chills, fever, body ache things. Even within the house if I over exert, I'll wake up with cold symptoms. Has anyone with severe ME/CFS had a bout with pneumonia? What should I expect? I'd be grateful for *any* information.