She made me promise not to take her to the emergency room that night, and I agreed to her wishes. I simply held her through the night…
I knew immediately that she needed to go back to the hospital. I have seen her in respiratory distress before, but this was definitely one of the worst I had seen. It just came on so quickly. It really took us by surprise.
Mom’s third visit to the hospital was a result of being very dehydrated from not eating or drinking for three days. She had become very nauseous while taking a blood thinner and began losing weight very quickly.
After being told to stop taking Xarelto due to excessive internal bleeding, mom developed a blood clot. Her hand and arm swelled up, and her arm had begun “weeping” during the night. When I arrived at the emergency room, she had towels under her arm to catch the fluid that was randomly finding places to escape her arm.
It has been a while since I have written. Mom was admitted to the hospital four separate times between the second week of December and the first week of February. The first admission in December was a result of an extremely high heart rate.
Something that is often overlooked is the equipment. It becomes so normal to the home that it is almost the last thing that is thought of when there is a shortness of breath “event.” However, it should be one of the first things to check.
There is an incredible amount of negative research that can bring you down, and in turn, this will bring your loved one down. Negativity will have one effect. It will cause the progression of this disease to happen faster. So you’ve heard many times to “stay positive.” How is that possible? Fill your mind with thoughts of life. Do not[…]