posted on Jan, 8 2011 @ 02:52 PM
I don't know if this is the right forum, perhaps so. Sorry if it isn't.
I have an aunt, my fathers sister. She is nearly 80 years old and has been suffering from numerous ailments, namely dementia and her own stubborn
She was unable to live on her own so she moved in with her son, who after several months decided she needed to live in a nursing home. After several
months of that, she finally convinced my father to let her move close to him. He built a small apartment type structure on his property, and allowed
her to move in there. She was on meds and had to be given them sporadically during the day because she would take them all in one sitting and wind up
overdosing. It was already known that she abused (of all things) BC powder, and would take nearly a dozen packs a day - and has done so for years.
The day after christmas, she began vomiting blood and was extremely disoriented so they took her to the hospital.
Mind you, this hospital is a joke. Two decades ago, my ex-wife snapped her ankle in two, and THEY missed it in the X-ray.
Anyway, when they arrived at the hospital the doctors tried to give her IV's and she kept fighting them and she had to be restrained. After she
became a little more competent, they told her that the years of BC abuse had eroded her stomach and esophagus lining which was the source of the blood
loss. They told her they needed to do the (I forget the name of it) procedure where they put the camera down one's throat to view the damage. She
was laughing and talking with family before she went in to the procedure seemingly in good spirits. After she came out of the procedure, she has been
in a vegetative state - unresponsive to anyone talking to her, appearing oblivious to anything going on around her. Shortly after that, the doctor
came to the family and warned them that she could die at any time because her vitals had fallen so low. Now, I'm not a doctor. I can barely put a
band-aid on, but I don't think that anyone should suffer such grave consequences from what I understand is a simple procedure. It's been several
days now since they gave her less than 24 hours to live and she's still here. Her vitals are improving slightly, so they've moved her out of the
ICU. My question is - What could have went on during that procedure that would have taken her from being fairly ok to the stoop of death's door?