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Mom's on one diuretic every other day now (from two a day being her normal). They were discontinued seven days completely, then started up at one every other day. She can no longer stand up...can't push herself to help me stand her up with her gait belt. Takes time to raise her up an hold her in place. She's pretty much dead weight.

The doctor doesn't understand why her need for diuretics has dropped significantly. Little fluid retention.

She's eating well; alert; not sleeping all the time. But apparently much muscle weakness in her legs.

Anyone have any ideas?

I can't keep her at home if I can't get her to "stand and turn" -- and for the last two days, I've been unable to do that. Tom has to help.

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Dad does this sometimes. Can't stand or get out of bed, legs just fold.. I up his Parkinson's medicine, till the crisis is passed, usually three or four days. I also rehab him in bed. I move the leg muscles for him to keep them supple and firm. Maybe it is time to call hospice and see what they say.
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I am about to go in for my 6th CT scan...This time with a contrasting dye... Yesterday they took biopsies of two swollen growths in my throat..I looked at them along with the DR, You can't have TWO growths that look alot like reappearing tonsils...He agreed, but puzzled, hence contrasting dye... Sure am worn out.. BL
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Another thought. Two years ago my MIL all of the sudden could not stand or walk. Upon checking her blood the cause was too much, way too much calcium in the blood. I cannot remember what it was called but the levels of calcium had reached a level of toxicity. It was able to be brought down and she returned to independent living what initially all thought she would have to go to a nursing home. She passed in July from a stroke and heart attack.
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Ask for her to get a BMP (basic metabolic panel) at home -can be done on a fingerstick if needed, though a regular blood draw might be better. Some diuretics deplete potassium. I have a feeling though it is possible this is not reversible and it is just time to prepare and be comfortable as possible, if it is something simple you may want to try to fix it.
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The inner ear. There are semicircular canals to orient us in space and a central area with "hair cells" that are critical for feeling balanced. Little calcium rocks float on the hair cells, letting us know how we are standing (or laying). If those rocks get stuck, we get mighty dizzy.
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what part of the ear keeps a persons balance??
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Maggie, have you checked her for a urinary tract infection? About a year ago my Mom was hospitalized with stroke symptoms, couldn't walk and speech very garbled. It was not a stroke, rather a UTI! These older folks just do not experience the sort of pain most often associated with UTI's.
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I agree with Pam and Jeanne about calling in hospice to evaluate her as a client. The O2 sat is mighty low, and the diastolic is also fairly low. Is her heart rate also low? Chances are that she is not getting good perfusion of her muscles with blood and O2. They don't have any fuel to work. How is her body temperature?
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I suggest calling hospice. If they evaluate and think it is not time, no harm done. If they seem intrusive you can request fewer visits until you need them more. I don't see what you have to lose.
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She is failing Maggie. Heart rate will pick up in an attempt to move O2. Morphine would help open airways. Haldol would relieve delirium and that is coming soon. Steady as you go.
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