Thursday, August 7, 2008

One step forward, two steps back

This is getting old...

Ron's gained about 20 pounds in two weeks. It's not all from having more energy and wanting to eat more. It's fluid build up - again. The doctor increased his furosemide to 160 mg twice a day and had him take a Zaroxolyn today. In addition to that, he's to wear the CPAP when he's even just sitting around and resting - in the chair or in the bed. That is a sucky thing to have to do. Tomorrow the home health nurse is to draw blood tomorrow to run a bunch of tests, including a renal panel.

On top of all of that, he may need his pacemaker leads re-implanted as one has shifted. We went to the cardiologist today and the Medtronics person did a check of his pacemaker. We could tell by the look on his face that something was not right so we asked. He said it wasn't quite in the right place and was using too much of the battery power. This will run down the battery much too soon, which would require having the whole thing removed and a new battery put in.

They sent us for a chest x-ray this afternoon. The results will be faxed back to the cardiologist and then they'll decide if he needs further surgery.


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