You HAVE to Take Responsibility for Your Health!

April 8, 2009 at 7:10 am 2 comments

Allergies to the medication has caused Dan to spiral downward the last couple of days – he can barely walk, falls asleep when eating, has difficulty talking or concentrating, blood pressure is in the 90’s, has a terrible cough.  I decided to look up the side effects of Furosemide (generic for Lasix).  Guess what! Dan is allergic to sulfa, and has gout.  People who are allergic to sulfa, or who have gout should be carefully tested when taking Furosemide.  People who have -” kidney disease; liver disease; gout; lupus; diabetes; or an allergy to sulfa drugs should not take Lasix/Furosemide.
Our new wonderful Personal Physician has not returned our phone call of Monday or today.  I thought I was very clear that this is an emergency.  Maybe she had other patients with greater emergencies?  In the morning, Dan will not take his daily dose of Furosemide, or the Spironolactone / Aldactone.  “If you develop any of the following symptoms, notify your doctor immediately: muscle weakness, irregular or slow heartbeat.” is what the medication says.  

Not only is it a diuretic, Aldactone it is used to lower blood pressure, and raise low potassium levels. So, now we know!  The Dr. who prescribed this has gone to France to visit his mother.  Dr. Anne has consulted with Dr. Scott, and we are taking Mr. Dan off of both of these diuretics. We’ll have to find a different way to deal with the edema.
While we waited for the Dr. to call, we ate lunch at Mel’s a very famous diner here. It was a treat for Dan, but I was too worried about what was happening to Dan…slurring his speech, falling asleep with his hamburger in his hand.  We are thankful that I had presence of mind to look up the meds on line.  We pray that he will recover quickly.  The challenges seem to be increasing.  But God is still our heavenly Father, and He will see us through this…whatever happens we will be okay.  — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Fern Doyle  |  April 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    We continue to pray for Dan (and you, Anne). Truly hope this new development will be taken care of and he can begin to climb back up that long, slippery slope. I really wonder about some of these Dr’s. It is like they don’t want to hear our side of things. Stay strong!!!
    Love and best wishes,
    Fern & Dale

  • 2. Dottie  |  April 8, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I continue to pray God’s blessings on you. Doctors are human beings who do the best they can. Thank God Dan has you, Anne, as his advocate. I am thankful we live in a time of miracle drugs and I’m thankful for patient advocates who can step in when the side affects from these drugs cause more harm than good. I pray for your strength and endurance during these very tough days. I love you both.


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