Apr 24, 2013 - 6:04 pm
That will be me.
As hubby grew progressively weaker last night, I had to call our son to come back & get him from the chair to the commode. His whole body was becoming more & more swollen. I had noticed a dramatic physical change when I picked him up from the hospital, but this was getting worse. So, I made the decision to put him in the Phoenix hospital where his cardio practices. I have seen him swell up before, but not like this, all over. I called our second cab of the day and we managed to semi-dress him, and get him transported. Sure enough, he is in CHF, & his heart can't pump off the fluids. The normal procedure to correct this is IV Lasix. He had been completely off oral Lasix for a week when hospitalied due to dehydration initially. I had asked the doc about restarting it, but when he did, it was only a quarter of his normal dose. Thus, the slow buildup of fluid over the second week. I had given him a regular dose yesterday evening, but oral med is not as effective when your system is too overloaded. Had I not been so sick & been around him for the last four days, I would have recognized this.
I stayed with him until 5 AM, then called another cab to bring me back home. What with all the medical deliveries last night, my house looks like it's been burglarized and all the unwanted stuff thrown back. I've got the infusion nurse & the Healing At Home rep on hold & the $5,000 antibiotics refrigerated.
In the meantime, I'll try to organize this mess I'm fumbling around in, take a shower, and head back to the hospital.
What's a Mother to do? I know, not funny.