How long has he been taking the Lasix? Is he watching his salt intake? Does he have ascites or is it just edema? Does he wear TEDS (thromboembolitic deterrent stockings?) I had to wear them for quite awhile when I had edema. There may still be some fluid retention issues after a TIPS. I know that Rick had to be drained again at least once after his TIPS. Hopefully, things will calm down in time.
"Before someone ask " whats a dent test " ? : They poke your skin with there finger to see how quickly your skin will pop back out"
This is actually a test for pitting edema. If there is none, it's zero. If, when skin is pressed with a finger, it "dents" and takes 1 second to return to normal, then it is 1+ pitting edema, 2 seconds is 2+, and so on.
I'll look for some balm today. We've been using lotion, but we'll switch now.
We're real sodium hawks. Shopping takes at least three times longer now and it's frustrating how manufactures hide the contents of food. Just for fun, we looked at a piece of smoked ham the other day. We knew the content would be insanely high, but we just wanted to amuse ourselves. Not only was it terribly high, but this one piece, which was honestly one typical serving size - not a large piece with chance of leftovers, just a regu;ar piece sufficient for dinner - was marked as 5 servings!! It's criminal how misleading some packaging is.
CGR, it's good to hear that things are progressing well with Frank. I'm glad that he felt up to getting out for awhile. Though it tires us out, it's good mentally.