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professordeb
02-04-2011, 07:53 AM
Last evening I got home from a hockey game and found three message from my sister - the one with whom my mother lives. My mom was taken by ambulance to our local hospital because she couldn't breathe in spite of using her "puffer".

Some background info: she's 76, at least a 1/2 pack a day smoker, an alcoholic who drinks at least 3 beers per night, has arthritis in many joints in her body, has been diagnosed with OPCD (?), can't get around without the aid of her walker and tends to use it or a wheelchair the odd time she leaves the house, she's had a stroke and many TIAs (mini strokes) over the past 10-15 years.

After spending a few hours at the hospital (I got there close to 11), they have finally settled her in ICU with a diagnosis of congested (or congestive?) heart failure. Needless to say, she gave us quite a scare. She'll be in ICU for a couple of days and then moved to another room for an unspecified time. My sister was with her when she was examined by the heart physician and he asked a couple of questions regarding how much - how shall I put this correctly - effort? should be put into keeping her alive. I guess the PC term is heroic? They asked her the questions not because they believe such will happen but they want to be prepared "just in case".
Well, I'm not very conversant in doctor speak, and I'm not really sure exactly what is wrong or the extent of it. I don't know if this is just one episode and there will be more to come, if livestyle changes can help or if we are looking at the beginning of the end. I'm really feeling confused and wish I had some more answers. I imagine I'll get more later today but in the meantime, I would ask those who pray to please keep my mom in prayer - she's the only parent I have had since I was 14 and the only living grandparent my two children have. Good thoughts and wishes are also welcomed.

OK, i'ts almost 3am here and I really should get some rest as I have an appointment with my physiotherapist for a slightly damaged hip flexor.

BigB08822
02-04-2011, 08:02 AM
I am so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of your mom, you and your entire family. Best of luck with everything and keep us updated.

skatemommy
02-04-2011, 03:06 PM
Deb, I am sorry you are going thru this. The questions the doctors asked are pretty routine for ICU. Some patients have signed medical wishes regarding DNR, life support or other measures. Saying a prayer for all.

ChelleC
02-04-2011, 03:12 PM
Very sorry you are going through this, you are in my prayers!

DarrellH
02-04-2011, 03:19 PM
Prayers for your mother and your family.

4rkidz
02-04-2011, 03:40 PM
sorry to hear Deb.. my thoughts will be with you :(

Wyliefan
02-04-2011, 03:45 PM
Praying, Deb.

Patsy
02-04-2011, 04:39 PM
She's "in" on the nightly candle in ND.

MikiAndoFan#1
02-04-2011, 04:41 PM
:(

LilJen
02-04-2011, 04:44 PM
Bless you and your mom and your sister. Praying that things go well for her and that you can all come to an agreement on what's next for her in terms of treatment, care, lifestyle changes, whatever.

barbk
02-04-2011, 04:46 PM
(((Deb))) -- Sending good thoughts to you, your mom, and your family. Don't forget that the hospital chaplain can be a wonderful resource and comfort no matter what your faith, for both you and your mom.

professordeb
02-04-2011, 05:45 PM
Thanks all.
Only update we've got so far is that she did suffer a minor heart attack and that they've now put her on the lower level mask for oxygen.

love skating
02-04-2011, 06:18 PM
(((professordeb))) Prayers and best wishes to you.

pat c
02-04-2011, 06:36 PM
Some background info: she's 76, at least a 1/2 pack a day smoker, an alcoholic who drinks at least 3 beers per night, has arthritis in many joints in her body, has been diagnosed with OPCD (?), can't get around without the aid of her walker and tends to use it or a wheelchair the odd time she leaves the house, she's had a stroke and many TIAs (mini strokes) over the past 10-15 years.

Well, I'm not very conversant in doctor speak, and I'm not really sure exactly what is wrong or the extent of it. I don't know if this is just one episode and there will be more to come, if livestyle changes can help or if we are looking at the beginning of the end. I'm really feeling confused and wish I had some more answers. I imagine I'll get more later today but in the meantime, I would ask those who pray to please keep my mom in prayer - she's the only parent I have had since I was 14 and the only living grandparent my two children have. Good thoughts and wishes are also welcomed.



Been there, done this. Ok, my dad had congestive heart failure, and usually what happens they'll put her on something like lasix (sp) which will drain the fluid off. But it's kind of like once you sprain your ankle it's really easy to sprain it again. There is a chance that it'll be an ongoing kind of a thing.
Congestive heart failure puts a lot of pressure on your kidneys and lungs, so anything that will help limit it is a good thing. ie no beer. And of course, you know the drill - no smoking. But at this stage of the game 76, I guess that's up to her.

Feel for ya, it's not fun.

numbers123
02-04-2011, 07:02 PM
I will think good thoughts for you and your family. The discussion you had with your mom's doctor is a reminder of what we should all tell our families about our healthcare decisions.

My mil did not have those conversations and refused to have them when I tried to get some answers from her when she was admitted to the ICU. After a semi-routine bypass surgery, she experienced complications. Leaving my husband and his half-brother with some very difficult decisions.

Life style changes will need to happen for your mom and that maybe the most difficult thing for her and you.