Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

September 14, 2013

Things are Looking up!

After 2 weeks in the hospital, Elaine is slowly starting to feel better. She was able to get out for 20 minutes today in a wheelchair, which was about 10 minutes too long. It is a good start!
So far, they are waffling on the concept of Parkinson's disease. It appears that her total iron was very low, which can lead to symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.

We were sitting around the bed the other day, a nurse, Elaine and myself trying to figure out why she was going down hill so badly in a week and a half. Some Googling showed that low iron will give similar results to P.

The nurse went and had a talk with the doctor. He was already on it and the special blood work just came back that evening. It is compounded by the Parkinson medication. If you give the maximum dose to a patient without P , then the side effects are (are you ready for this?)  identical to a patient with P.

Feeding 3 bags of iron solution, and cutting back slightly on the P meds gave almost instantaneous improvement! Taking her rapidly off the meds can spell disaster.

Now, she is still weak, still nauseous, very tired, and unable to do much, but this is a big improvement over Saturday when both Elaine and I figured she was checking out.

A little more improvement and she will probably be ready for release in the next week or so.

8 comments:

Alica said...

Medicine sure is a mystery sometimes, isn't it? That would be wonderful if the iron levels being corrected would continue to relieve her symptoms! That would be great news!

peihome said...

Ian and Elaine, such good news! What a stressful time it's been - you write about it so casually but it must have been horrible. *hugs* to both of you!

Montanagirl said...

I so hope she'll be okay. That's had to be very stressful trying to figure out the problem. I wish you both the best.

TexWisGirl said...

i really hope they are on the right track, now!!! bless her! (and you). :)

sending prayers it is not parkinson's at all... :)

luckybunny said...

Oh WOW! Isn't that something - I am so glad they figured out giving the meds would cause this, so scary when things are so up in the air and confusing. I'm sending lots of prayers and very happy to hear of some improvement. Please let her know we are praying for her recovery! And sending lots of love too to both of you.

Michelle said...

Sending prayers your way! So glad to hear there is some positive news!

S. Etole said...

Wonderful news ... hope she is soon well and home again.

Willow said...

Ian hope things are continuing to improve for Elaine.
Sending prayers and well wishes.