Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday May 25th update

We talked to the on-call cardio doctor (Dr Matter) this morning about Barb's breathing issue last night. I filled him on on her status, medications, LVEF etc. He asked if we had a way to check her blood pressure. I indicated we were going to go to Wal-Mart to check it. He said that if she is in distress to go to the nearest emergency room. Dr Matter gave me his cell phone to call him back after checking her blood pressure.

Barb's blood pressure is 89 over 65. Dr Matter says not to increase the Furosemide dosage. (That would further lower her blood pressure and would not be a good idea.)

Clarification: Barb says she was not in distress last night. (She was in distress with the symptoms 10 to 12 days ago)

Choices: 1) Get put on a breathing machine. Dr Matter correctly guessed Barb will not want to do that. 2.) Even though it sounds archaic; If necessary, sleep sitting up.

We are now the proud owners of a Homedics blood pressure monitor. We are at home, Barb is comfortable and not having any issues right now.

Walt and Marsha Mills stopped by for a visit and brought us some food for later this evening.

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