Neighbor is dying---edema issues
She is 88, of great spirits. She has lung (into) liver cancer--told in July she had about 3 months live. She has chosen to stay at home, has Hospice care-has great support but has edema in legs up to her upper belly as of yesterday and is still retaining fluid even with water pill. This is normal, isn't it? The liver can;t filter anything properly and body swells. Will this affect her breathing? Will she start rattleing in her chest as she breaths? Common sense tells me yes, fluid gets into lungs and other parts of body.
Any insite would help. I have a great relationship with her and would love to understand more about what could happen to her in these last days of her life. She is a very candid talker about this whole process as well and looks at it as a stage in life, has lived a wonderful life.
Thank you, SR
Last edited by sickofpain2; 08-20-2008 at 09:13 PM.