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Old 02-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am just so...I don't know. Shocked scared and feel so sorry for her.

My mother is on 24/7 oxygen. The company that supplies it provides a recycled oxygen generator type thing that she uses full time at home. They also provide refillable canisters that use liquid oxygen she can take when she needs to go somewhere. This big contraption in the garage is what is used to refill the canisters....it is a big PITA.

My mom had a hair app. today about 10am (story I get from my brother - she lives in same house as him, mainly basement). He was at work, she came up to fill her portable (a real struggle for her), she wears the generator version to do this. EXCEPT today.

My brother was planning on going to the gym, but had scratchy throat so opted to go home instead. When he arrived (about 330pm) he noticed the garage door (inside entrance) slightly propped open, he called out to her figuring she was filling up to head out, but knew app. was much earlier. She replied "in here", he opened the door, she was on the garage floor...he then said how long have you been in here?...she said "long time"

She then slumped over into a fetal position, eyes bulging, lips blue, hands blue and was foaming at the mouth.

It was -4C in the garage. She was suffering from hypothermia (She was in indoor clothes).

When paramedics arrived her core temp. was 33.1, blood oxygen 70 and HR 30 bpm.

She was in ICU waiting for a bed. Stable now and all vitals normal.

I am going to see her tomorrow.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So glad she is ok......that is scary.......
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, glad she was able to get help in time, that's scary, was something wrong with the oxygen/machine?
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You and your family are in my prayers
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That is so scary. I am really glad she's OK.

You might consider a cell phone or Life Alert on a tether just in case of things like this. My grandfather fell in the garage and was there for 12 hours with a broken leg. We ended up getting him Life Alert. It made us all feel better, and helped allow his wife to let him continue tinkering around in the garage.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am glad she is ok Gator.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh Gator, I'm so sorry!
Glad she is ok!
Life Alert is a great suggestion David!
Hope she improves more today, poor lady! That must have been horrifying for her to lay there that long!

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thank goodness she is okay.
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So glad she is ok. I know some folks w/ Life Alert and it is invaluable.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes! Thank you for the suggestion re: life alert...I had no idea she was going this far downhill as my brother and I are non-communicato.

In fact I am quite perturbed that this wasn't already in place. Especially after our convo last night. I was advised around 10pm of the days events. My brother didn't even know my # , had to get off my Mom's cell when he got home.

However, my brother seems to have it all figured out. Got CCAC involved and is pushing care facility.

He doesn't want the burden and wants to sell the house. He has said as much to her.

I'm going to hospital now.

Side note: My mother has Pulminary hypertension, mild emphysema, scleroderma...there is some issue with the oxygen exchange between her lungs and heart.

What she doesn't have is arterial sclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. But she is on 3 drugs for noted and is suffering now from signs of dementia/forgetfulness (may be why she wasn't wearing the oxygen). She is now on Cialis for the pulmonary dx.

She is also suffering from neglect. Low self esteem. Depression.
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