Lainy, mum is getting a commode at her bed at night now and is getting a wheelchair to help her to the toilet during the day, more staff on during the day. The physio has her walking a bit to the loo and follows with the chair so she walks half and gets pushed half. Says that she needs to try and walk to built strength up. Looks like she is developing an infection as well, green/brown phlegm coming up now and they took blood cultures today. BP still low and she is losing weight, about a pound a day since she has been in, down to 34.8kg now.]]>
Here is--- the announcement.
FDA Voice Blog: http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php … ger-voice/
FDA Consumer Update: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consume … 348661.htm
Nope, mum is still in the hospital. They were aiming to get her home end of last week and would have but I put up a fight as she had a bad day Thurs. Then they said Friday but her BP dropped a lot so they kept her in over the weekend and said Monday. But she has had a spike in temp Sat and Sun night and her BP is still very low and they couldn't get it up so Monday was a no no. As of yesterday, BP still low so they are no aiming for Thursday this week. Cardiologist says that low BP is something that mum will have to live with now so I guess it is a case of getting the meds sorted to deal with that. Walking is a total nightmare for mum so what do they do...... put her in a bed in a bay that couldn't be further from the toilet if they tried! Complianed about that and they said they will try and move her if they can but the ward is full of elderly patients that get confused etc so the nurses want these patients nearer them so they can be monitored.
We'll see what Thurs brings but if that BP can't be sorted then my foot will be coming down, again! Getting very good at arguing with doctors I am! Just so everyone else knows what I am talking about, mum had another heart attack 10 days ago and has been in hosp since. 3rd heart attack now, grrrrr!
PS - Her arm still looks as if it was caught in a car door, never seen a bruise like that before, from fingernails to her elbow all around, totally purple! And a huge lump from a burst vein as well.]]>
Hopefully much good will come from all of this and I look forward to reading all about it!
"Get involved, get informed" I like that!
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