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Nana Update

Finally, I have an update! My grandmother has emphysema, which we knew. She started breathing better as soon as they got her on oxygen; my mom said something about keeping an oxygen tank with her. I don’t know if that was actually a suggestion from her doctor or my mother just thinking it sounds like a good idea. Her blood pressure is a little high, as is her cholesterol. There is also fat in her liver. She likes to go out every morning for coffee and breakfast at ‘home style’ restaurants… Denny’s, Coco’s, or any similar greasy spoon Mom & Pop joint. She frequently eats lunch at the same kind of place. I’ve been griping at her about it for years. So that’s finally catching up with her. Now, the dark spot on the CT scan – it’s not on her lung, as they thought, it’s an aneurism on her right aorta. She also has an irregular heartbeat. I’m not sure if this is new, or if she just didn’t tell anyone. They have her on a new med for the irregular beat and back on a blood thinner again. She’ll need to see her primary doc every three-six months to have that aneurism monitored.

No details on why they want to ultrasound her stomach, but I think it may have something to do with the fact that she had a major intestinal blockage not long ago (she was hospitalized for that too). She’s stubborn as anything so I don’t imagine she’s done much to improve her diet since that little escapade.

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