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.