What are symptoms of congestive heart failure?
My Aunt is 96. She had a procedure in the hospital that replaced the generator in her pacemaker. She was in and out in one day. Prior to that she had had a flu that had caused congestion in her lungs, but we were about two weeks out after the flu before the procedure and she was recovered and approved for the procedure.
A few days after the procedure she ran a small temp. It went up to 99.9 and then went down. Her temp was 99. something for two days. They had given her an antibiotic after the procedure to prevent infection.
8 days after the procedure, she had a coughing fit and spit up a great deal of flem.The day after I took her for the one week check on the generator replacement, she went into a delirium for two days and two nights..
The incident with the flem happened during the delirium and scared the facility people silly. They thought she was dying. The doctor told me she was close to the end, but didn't say why he thought so. It scared everyone as her fingertips turned blue and she was choking. She was sent to the hospital and the doctors found absolutely nothing wrong with her. Two nights later I'm sitting here listening to her breathe. She is breathing noisily and she coughed several times today revealing congestion in her lungs. When she went to bed she was on her back and after she fell asleep for about 20 minutes she sat bolt upright and I asked her if it was hard to breathe and she said yes. She breathes easier on her side, but it's very noisy.
Last night she vomited in the bed, and I'm thinking she was getting flem in her throat and it triggered her gag reflex.
I don't know what is going on. The doctor said we were near the end, but he said that two years ago. I don't want my Aunt to suffer, she has a DNR, but still can be treated with antibiotics. Her lungs were clear on the x-ray at the hospital yesterday. Her vitals are good. Her BP was a bit high and has been running high since the procedure.
Is this congestive heart failure? She wears compression stockings, but has a history of swollen legs (not swollen if wearing the stockings). Hypothyroid, She has very few medicine.
Does anybody find this familiar? The assisted living facility was so scared, they pretty much asked me to move her. I don't want to do that if I can avoid it, but I don't feel safe with her here. They are well meaning, but there isn't anything they can do if she needs help in the night.
What was disturbing was the RN at the hospital said the paramedics told him that the facility was trying to force my Aunt onto hospice. I pay for private caregivers to be with my Aunt 12 hours a day when she is well and she is OK by herself at night. When she is ill or weak or recovering I have someone here 24/7. They are not burdened by her care at all. My private caregivers are companions, and the facility provides the services they are paid for...showers, meds, dressing, etc. but the delirium and the choking incident are scary without medical professionals to help.
My Aunt has memory problems, but she is sweet, humorous and loved by everyone. does anyone have a sense of what is going on? I'm afraid her lungs will fill and empty in that scary way again. I don't want her to suffer. I don't want to make a decision to shorten her life if it's not necessary. I can let go if it's time, but how do you know when it's time. I took my aunt to the beach for the day last month. We had a great time. We went out to dinner the night before her procedure. She has a huge appetite and loves to eat. She walks very little, remembers almost nothing, but is in a good mood and enjoys her days. She loves to sing. She has had three hip fractures and two replacements in her nineties and is incredibly resilient. she has pain from the last replacement and doesn't walk except in the apartment. When she had the flue a few weeks ago I was told her lungs are expanded.
I asked the nursing home where she did rehab three times if they had room for her, but the community is short of CNAs and they have a cap on residents. Apparently that is happening everywhere in this area. It will be weeks before a bed is available.
I have no one to really help me decide. my brother is out of cell range in the southwest somewhere.