Do No Harm

My mother had another cardiac episode this week;  her side of the family has an inherited propensity for heart disease (her father, felled by a massive coronary, mother, same, brother, expired on the op table…)  and yesterday she was to have a couple of stents put into the veins that bypass her aorta (which was blocked looong ago).


Only one stent got put in and the blockage was only partially cleared, the other vein was left as is.  After the procedure was over, the 3 of us (brothers that is) were shown to a private room (not a good sign) and given the story, which was the physicians did all they thought they could reasonably do for an 87-year old patient and that any further aggressive treatment was ruled out, out of I am guessing liability concerns and as the title says, the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. 


So she's sleeping now I am told, but she is now very weakened (and suseptibile to other stuff) and at the limit of what can be done further for her.  Not a good picture, especially for the youngest of us, who has never left home and is unmarried. The party line I suppose for the relatives is that the procedure went well, which it did. But the complete picture is in my opinion, of borrowed time and told that to son when I returned home.

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7 Responses to Do No Harm

  1. cat says:

    An operation like that would really knock someone of that age about. Each time my father has had to go to hopital for one thing or another he always seems to come back a bit weaker and it takes longer for him to revover each time. Hope she goes ok.

  2. An Ex-Expat says:

    Thank you for the thought.

  3. best wishes for a quick recovery….

  4. Waterbaby says:

    An operation of that impact will take a toll on one her age. I hope for a full recovery and her enjoyment of her years remaining.

  5. Waterbaby says:

    On a parallel tack, with all that's going down in D.C., she's extremely fortunate to not be under Obamacare. At her age, it wouldn't have done a damn thing for her.

  6. An Ex-Expat says:

    Thanyou for yoru thoughts. She supposedly is doimng better. Will travel to see her this afternoon.

  7. An Ex-Expat says:

    Thank you also for the thoughts.

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