I have talked about Mom’s Heart Condition before, but have never said what it is. She has Congestive Heart Failure. This is why her ankles swelling (Edema) and why she wheezes when she walks. This condition can lead to Strokes and Heart Attacks. She may live another two to three years and she may not wake up in the morning.
Fluid build up causes the swelling of the ankles and a build up of fluid around the Heart and Lungs is causing the wheezing. Some of the symptoms are Abdominal Pain (this is why she holds her stomach sometimes), High Blood Pressure, Bronchitis and other Breathing problems and Frequent Urination (why she has accidents). She also has High Cholesterol and some other health problems. All the foods she is not suppose to eat, she loves. She is not suppose to eat beef, pork or anything green. I try to keep these to a minimal in her diet. Can not take them out completely.
Mom was diagnose in 1994, so next year will be twenty years she has lived with this condition. The Doctor has talked about a Nebulizer, but Mom will not use it yet. The day will come that is will have no choice but to use it.
I hope this helps you to understand Mom’s health issues. If you have any questions please let me know. Please feel free to give my website address (http://jehj.tripod.com) to anyone who wants to keep up with Mom.