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By sharons On 2010.10.31 17:52
About a week ago, my 80 year old Mom with PD had bruising on the top of her foot, which is also swollen, but had not dropped or hit her foot on anything. At her MD appointment, he said something about a possible blood clot dislodging (or something) and it may have caused the brusing. He suggested an ultrasound with a specialist. Can't get in until December.

Anyway, for the last few days she has been complaining about nausea, extreme fatigue, and when I went over today, her other leg is really swollen, from her foot all the way up to and including her knee. She is also saying that she can breathe in okay, but can't breathe out as well. She says too that she doesn't feel like she is urinating as much as she should, but she also doesn't drink as much as she should because she has such a hard time getting back and forth from the bathroonm The last time I took her to an urgent care place, she was put on predisone which made her worse, and then her regular MD stopped it and said she should never have been put on it. Are these symptoms bad enough that I need to take her to an emergency room? The nurse at her assisted living facility has just had her keeping her leg elevated. I'm not sure what to do.

By parkinit On 2010.10.31 18:05
I would definitely contact and relay this information to her doctor tomorrow a.m. and ask for his advice.

Also, I would try to find a facility where she can get in to get the ultrasound quicker than December.

By RhondaM On 2010.10.31 19:39
If she is swollen in her lower legs, has any trouble breathing, whether it's in or out, and not much urine output it could be congestive heart failure and fluid building up in her lungs and extremities. I would not wait if it were my mom, I'd take her to an ER. They can give her diuretics to decrease the fluid very quickly. I am not a nurse or anything, but have had some experience with congestive heart failure with my grandmother and an aunt.

By mylove On 2010.10.31 20:02
I'm worried about the blood clot, and I concur with taking her in. A blood clot that has migrated to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) can cause those kinds of breathing problems as well. It also does sound quite a bit like congestive heart failure, especially given her age. Your gut tells you to go. Sometimes you have to listen to it.

Please let us know how it goes, and our thoughts are with you.

By sharons On 2010.11.03 23:14
Thank you for your responses. It is so nice to have people on this site who are right there ready to help! You guys are amazine! I would have posted again sooner, but it was a blood clot, and she has been admitted to the hospital. She has a significant clot in her right leg. They also said she had some smaller clots in her lungs, but they were not large enough to cause any problems. She will be in the hospital until this Sunday, and be on blood thiners for 6 months.

I had just recently found a balance and mobility disorder facility that specializes in PD, (as well as some other mobility diseases) and she said tonight she doesn't think she will ever be able to go back to taking her physical therapy due to being weaker and weaker all the time. She said she is not a fighter and is really so miserable most of the time, she just wishes the Lord would go ahead and take her. I know her quality of life is pretty awful, but how do you prepare yourself to just let your Mom give up??? I know, from reading posts on this site, that she can get so much worse than she is now and I really don't want her to have to suffer any more than she already is, but I can't bring myself to tell God I'm okay with him taking her.

By RhondaM On 2010.11.05 09:12
I recently had to give up my sweet mother after 10 months of caregiving, she had cancer. It was very, very hard to watch her slowly change into someone else and get to the point where she didn't know I was her daughter until I would tell her. I did finally reach the point where I could willingly ask the Lord to take her so she wouldn't suffer anymore, and she was more than ready to go and that also helped me to give her up. However, no matter how "prepared" you are, you are never "ready." I handled her death and the busy weeks that followed pretty well, she would've been proud, but I fell apart about 4 weeks after and am still going through the valley of ups and downs that grief entails. It's going to be a long journey, especially this time of year with the holidays. It is something we just have to do, and somehow God gives us the strength and the courage to do it. I try to remember how she would want me to live and how she handled the deaths of her loved ones, and so I do my best to honor her.

I'm glad your mother is being cared for now, my mom had blood clots a lot during her illness because they had to take her off the blood thinners that she had been on for her heart.

It seems like there is always something to dread and fear and worry about. That is one thing I am glad of, and this may sound strange, but when I dream about my sweet mother whom I miss so much, I wake up glad that I am no longer watching her slowly die and I no longer have to dread and fear and be depressed about what is coming. Now I have a journey that leads to hope and healing, not worse things to come.

By susger8 On 2010.11.08 14:04
Rhonda, I love what you wrote in your last paragraph. I have felt that way too (my mother died over 10 years ago, of colon cancer), but I never could express it so well.


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