Pericarditis

Alene was diagnosed by the coroner with pericariditis a couple of months after she went to the other side. It is 10 years and a little over a months since she had passed out in our bedroom. We were watching an episode of the "Simpsons" where Lisa develops puppy love for her substitute teacher that had a voice that might have been Dustin Hoffman's (sounded like it)...

Then she went to our bedroom to take care of bills and closed the door while I continued watching CNN ..
Her mother, who had been living with us for the past 13 years , knocked on the bedroom door while I was sitting in the living room. When she opened the door she told me to come over and I knew that by her voice it was something very serious and there she was passed out by our king sized bed with vomit and all the bills all around her...I tried to revive her and I thought that she had choked on something and not realizing that the vomit often happens after a heart attack

Doris, her mother was talking to 911 while I was trying to rescuscitate her and didn't think to try CPR...the parameds came and could not revive her...
I was upset that they wouldn't let me go in the ambulance with her to Mercy Hospital and that they wouldn't let me spend time wih her alone while she laying there dead in the hospital bed...We waited in the waiting room a couple of hours to see if the hospital could do anything but I knew that there wasn't any hope..
Then she went to our bedroom to take care of bills and closed the door while I continued watching CNN ..

Her mother, who had been living with us the past 13 years , knocked on the bedroom door while I was sitting in the living room. When she opened the door she told me to come over and I knew that by her voice it was something very serious and there she was passed out with vomit with the bills all around her...I tried to revive her and I thought that she had choked on something and not realizing that the vomit often happens after a heart attack

Doris, her mother was talking to 911 while I was trying to rescuscitate her and didn't think to try CPR...the parameds came and could not revive her...

I was upset that they wouldn't let me go in the ambulance with her to Mercy Hospital and that they wouldn't let me spend time with her alone while she laying there dead in the hospital bed...We waited to see if the hospital could do anything but I knew that there wasn't any hope

Since then as a survivor, we feels guilt and then try to learn to live each day one day at a time being good to ourselves in order to slowly heal, but we always have the scars ....I was happy to get into doing my student teaching...they helped so much because I had a purpose every day to teach these freshman biology at by coincidence her high school, NW Classen in Okc. She graduated in the same class as Vince Gill.

Since then as a survivor, we feels guilt and then try to learn to live each day one day at a time being good to ourselves in order to slowly heal, but we always have the scars ....I was happy to get into doing my student teaching...they helped so much because I had a purpose every day to teach these freshman biology at by coincidence her high school, NW Classen in Okc. She graduated in the same class as Vince Gill.


It's a coincidence that his birthday is the same as my father...Dad will 100 in 11 years and I'll be 60...I'm realizing all these moments are few and I have to start absorbing them before I'm 100 and about to see my loved ones...if there is such a place?...maybe they are all up there or down here laughing with us or at us as we
evolve or devolve into this species that has to figure out how to get along in ever confining spaces and subdivisions (don't get me started about suburban sprawl with the local golden arches representing the temples of American obesity being built to accomodate the fattened lemmings) ...will be continued

Pericarditis

What is pericarditis?
Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, the thin sac (membrane) that surrounds the heart and the roots of the great vessels. There is a small amount of fluid between the inner and outer layers of the pericardium. When the pericardium becomes inflamed, the amount of fluid between its two layers increases, compressing the heart and interfering with its ability to function properly.

Symptoms of pericarditis:

chest pain that:
can especially be felt behind the breastbone, sometimes spreading to the neck and left shoulder
is a sharp, piercing pain over the center or left side of the chest that increases if the person takes a deep breath
a low-grade fever
pain when swallowing
What causes pericarditis?
Usually, the cause of pericarditis is unknown, but may include:

a viral, bacterial or fungal infection
heart attack
cancer spreading from a nearby tumor in the lung, breast or the blood
sometimes it may be a secondary symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus), or kidney failure
How is pericarditis treated?
Analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs can be given to relieve pain. When excess fluid seriously affects the heart's action, it may be drawn off with a needle. In some cases, surgery may be required.

Acute inflammatory pericarditis usually lasts two to six weeks. About 20 percent of pericarditis patients have a recurrence within months or, sometimes, years later. Each recurrence tends to be less severe until the episodes finally stop.


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