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We have been bringing dad to see a lot of doctors, .. cardiology, gastroenterology, multiple blood tests and scanning, go round and round, but dad is still very sleepy and fatigue, but show improvement in appetite.
Today, we were given a reference to see Doctor Usha, a chest specialist. After examined my dad and going through his x-ray and blood test result, we came to a conclusion that on top of some the under controlled sickness, my dad is most probably having depression. My dad don’t understand english, and Doctor Usha talked to my dad in Malay telling him that his health is in good shape, must go walk walk, read some newspaper, watch some tv, go out the room and look at the flowers outside. She shaked his hand when we left.
When we are back at home, my dad seems to be so cheer up already, he smiled and told us the doctor said “I am ok”. And he started to use his wheelchair by himself….
What I am trying to say is that, a good doctor not just examine and read the report, they read the patient mind and help them to walk out the cloudy day.
After dad is discharged from hospital, we notice that he is still very fatigue (want to sleep a lot), and his chest, shoulders and back start to have red spots. My sister brought him to see another cardiac specialist (professor).
My dad’s case, as his heart problem was caused by the drug that cause potassium leakage, after his potassium level is back to normal and switch to use the new drug, his heart beat rate is back to normal. What makes this professor angry is that my dad was prescribed with drug to treat patient that have chronic heart disease. And the previous doctor should have monitor the skin problem, as it only shows up since he was admitted to the hospital, very likely there are allergic to one of those new drugs given.
Before this, my dad needs to take up to 5 different drugs a day, now, he just needs to take one small dosage of hypertension drug.
I just want to stress that if you are taking long term medicine for hypertension (actually for whatever disease), please do a frequent blood test. Check for things like your potassium & sodium level, glucose level.
There are a lot of irresponsible doctors out there that just want to earn more money. Once they have a standard flow of patients, coming every month to purchase the drugs, their revenue is secured.
And some doctors they don’t upgrade themselves, don’t spend time to pick up latest knowledge in medic world. They still engage the old way and old drugs in their practice. Agree that not all “old way” are not good, but at least they need to know if there are better way to treat a patient, new drug that have less side effect, etc.
Dad was admitted to hospital as he was having difficulty in breathing. Later he is diagnosed to be having potassium deficiency.
He shows the following symptoms:
Luckily mom noticed all these changes and informed us, according to doctor, in extreme case, he might get cardiac arrest. phew…
I search the net and some advice on diet to promote potassium.
Some of the richest foods in potassium include: