Mom has had congestive heart failure for ten-plus years. For the last two or three, she's been a mess. First dehydrated, then filled with fluids. All of a sudden, three days ago, although she was in perfect balance, she began to act dehydrated. Suddenly no swelling at all in her feet/ankles (there's usually swelling by the end of the day); her lymphodemic arm much thinner. Very tired. Sleeping most of the time. Eating ever so lightly. And weak.
This shouldn't be happening. She's on her maintenance dose of diuretics. So yesterday morning, I cut her dosage in half morning and evening; half dose again this morning.
Her diet hasn't changed appreciably. I've never seen this happen before. It's as if, all of a sudden, her regular dosage of diuretic is too much. And cutting it in half hasn't yet had any effect at all.
Anyone have any ideas? Of course, I'll call the doctor in a day or so . . . WOULD be a holiday weekend, yes? But this seems very mysterious to me . . . anyone?