Topic: Drainage of ascites/low blood pressure
Hello all. As I said in my previous post, my husband is not doing very well but we are trying to make him as comfortable as possible. I'd appreciate any advice you might have on a couple of issues.
First, he had ascites drained twice and the decision was made to insert a permanent drain. Unfortunately, due to high amonia, the effects of anesthesia, and pain medication, he tore the drain out the same night and the doctor doesn't want to try it again. However, the liquid in the abdomen is currently draining through the hole where the drain was into an ostomy bag and this seems to solving the problem for the moment. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
Second, he is experiencing low blood pressure which drops when he stands, making him dizzy. The doctor says this is due to the compression caused by the tumors and there is nothing that can be done about it. Has anyone else had this problem and were they able to address it in any way?
As always, thanks for any help you can provide.