TUESDAY, JUL. 12, 2005
So, nursing issues were resolved, Mom is great, Dad is great, and Aunt Jay is not really eating or drinking anything! Yes, she isn't really eating. Aunt Jay, also came to us with an ulcer on her right ankle (the right side of the ankle) and it causes her alot of pain. She is on a bunch of pain pills which depress her desire to eat and it also gives her a bit of nausia. She also tries to eat, gets it just about swallowed, then she spits out the food/drink like it won't go down.
We had to change her medical insurance from Humana HMO to Medicare because Texas doesn't accept the Humana HMO. So we had to wait till July 1 for the Medicare to become active. But I did take her to Dr. D the Monday after she got here, just to get her aquainted with Dr. D and to get her prescriptions going. Then her leg was giving her so much pain we went to see Dad's foot specialist. She got us on the correct track with her ulcer. I took Jay back to Dr. D on 7/6 to ramp up her care. She ordered a bunch of lab work to see where she is. Then she really stopped eating.
So on Sat night(7/9/05) she was compaining of sharp pains in her stomach. We ramped up to take her to the ER. I went ahead to see how full the ER was (since we just had the long wait) and we would have about a hour wait. We got over to pick Jay up and Nancy (had a shift change) said no, lets wait to take her because she was ok at that time (7pm Saturday). So Sunday, we decided to just take her in. She still wasn't eating or drinking and she was getting dehydrated. There wasn't a wait to get to a room and the entire process only took 5 hours (instead of 11).
In the ER, they did an EKG and found some abnormalities that they didn't like, so they didn't start her on any IV fluids. The cardiologist is trying to find out if she is having some new issues or did she just have an abnormal EKG. The GI dr. can't do any invasive testing until the EKG issue is resolved, so he did some CatScan's of her GI track. Dr. D ordered a CT of her brain to look for a new stroke to see if that was why she has the swallowing issue. That came back ok. No new stroke, just the old one.
Dr. D said they did a chest x-ray in the ER and the radiologist thinks she may have a growth on her thyroid which may be pressing up against her throat making it hard to swallow. So as of today, I still don't know exactly what is wrong. Dr. D says we have a lot of catching up to do and will have to call in a few specialists, cardiologist, GI, Renal (something about her blood pressure being low and affecting her kidneys) and of course the foot Dr. She will have a busy day to day. They are going to do a cardiac stress test and then a swallowing test and maybe the GI down the throat with a camera test today. I will let everyone know how things are progressing as we hear. But she is on pain meds there at the hospital, so her foot isn't hurting so much and she is resting comfortably. Gotta run,
Love and hugs to all, Mary
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