update on my 79 year old Mom

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worried daughter
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted last week about my mother who is having a flare of her Crohns disease. I wanted to give you an update. She started her Endocort on Jan 12. She seems to be feeling some better. Her diarrhea is under control. She still struggles with her appetite but is eating more. She occasionally suffers from nausea, which could be a side effect of the Pentasa or other meds. Her BP is better, it was 90/50, now it is 106/65. She in not taking her BP meds. I wish it were a little higher though. Her biggest complaint is the pain, mostly in the back, abdomen, shoulders, and ribs. She does not have any pain meds, except Tylenol. She does take a Xanax at bedtime to help her sleep. Also she easily fatigues. Just going to the bathroom can wear her out. She notices shortness of air, which could be from the fatigue, weakness, and de-conditioning. She also is 79 and has been getting a little short of air over the past 3 years, but not as much as now. We see the GI doc in 5 days, and I have a big list of questions. I'm sure she needs her iron levels checked and other lab. Has anyone been short of air? Any advice or suggestions are welcomed. Your answers on the last post were very helpful and I often read the posts to help gain insight for my Mom. Thanks

georgialady
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   Posted 1/18/2008 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
WORRIED DAUGHTER---THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY IS THANK GOD FOR SUCH A CARING DAUGHTER
LET HER REST WHEN SHE CAN,ASK FOR PAIN MEDS IF SHE NEEDS THEM--WITH ALL US WE ARE ALL
CHRONIES BUT ALL ALITTLE DIFFERENT IN WAYS,SORRY THE FATIGUE GOES WITH CROHNS AS A
SYSTOM--A MULTIVITAMIN WILL HELP WITH THE IRON LIKE CENTRUM-ATOZINC-OR ASK FOR A PRESC.
ONE FROM THE GI OK?ANYWAY BLESS YOU BOTH--PRAYERS
crohns since 1994-retired-


bentwistle
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   Posted 1/19/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad your mom's symptoms have improved a bit. I know when I'm having a flare, I'm so worn out I can't do anything. I'm only 43, so I can't imagine the same effects when I'm 79.

I'm keeping your mom and you in my thoughts and prayers.

Hoping things continue to show improvement, and keep us posted,

Bev

stkitt
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   Posted 1/19/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and glad to hear your Mom is a bit better, bless her heart.  I agree with the above and you may want to ask re her heart as she is short of breath she may have a bit of fluid on board due to a mild heart condition that could be easily remedied.  Just a thought. :)
You are a very special person, you are a caregiver. Gentle Hugs to you.

 
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FallColors
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   Posted 1/19/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell your Mom we are all pulling for her! I am glad she is feeling a little better. Just the stress of having this flare can be a problem -- on both of you. Don't neglect your own health while you care for her. Bless you both!
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