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falls was posted 12/30/2010 08:49 pm by Mkflorida
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E.J. (age 69) didn't have a whipple, but like half a whipple, re-routed his intestines to other side of stomach, re-routed bile duct; etc; has had many chemo and radiation treatments. A few weeks ago, he started spinning and spinning and going backwards, then almost falling down. It happened about three different times; once outdoors. He finally wound up going to the hospital and we found out he was severely dehydrated and his potassium level was too low. Maybe you should check with the doctor and see if she is dehydrated and have her potassium level checked. They gave him i.v. fluids and i.v. potassiu, and it hasn't happened since. If he starts having balance issues again, it is the first thing we will check. One way to check for dehydration is to pinch the skin on top of the hand. If it stays up, or what they call 'tented' she is probably dehydrated. If it snaps back to normal, she probably isn't. I am no expert, but it is a fairly easy way to tell. All of the chemo dehydrates E.J. so badly. Prayers to you!

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