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Have had swollen ankles and feet for 3 years, and shortness of breath more progressive. I am tiring more easily and more quickly. 2 days ago I could not swallow and regurgitated a bowl full of white mucus. Since then all has been normal in the eating and swallowing. What should i expect from here on! ( I am 84)
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macgregor

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Hello MacGregor and thank you for writing,

I apologise for my very tardy response but my laptop was acting up and I have had a heck of a time getting on-line for the past 2-3 weeks.  

Before I answer your question, may I ask what medications and at what dose you are currently taking, if they have been increased at all in the past few months, and how often you see your doctor?  If you could also share with me any other treatment options you have in place like Oxygen, puffers, etc, that would help.

Thanks so much,
Margot

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Margot RN BScN CGN

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I nursed my own Mother and Grandmother at home when they were dying so I have personal experience with the emotions involved. I have also spent the last 20 years as a Registered Nurse caring for The Elderly and Terminally Ill and it has brought me great satisfaction. I am willing to answer any questions I can.

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27 years Geriatric Nursing and working with palliative care clients and their families both in facilities and the community.

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Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Certified Gerontological Nurse

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Hundreds of Long Term Care Residents as well as hundreds of Clients and families in the community (including my Mother and Grandmother).

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