Re: Lifelong addiction causing congestive heart failure?please help
I have zero knowledge of methadone other than 8th grade health class but seeing "congestive heart failure" in an addiction message board hit me like a hamma.
When I was 4 years old, my mother died at 34 of "congestive heart failure" (quotes bec that's what's on the death cert.) She was 5'4", weighed 125lbs. Smoked for 10 years, took the pill. Keep in mind this is 1968 and things like nicotine and the Pill weren't as well researched/regulated (?) as they are today.
Anyway, my point is...I know that for her last 6 months she had terrible fatigue and the family doc put her on some kind of pill. I read the last letter she sent to my grandparents (her parents) about 2 months before she died, saying whatever he put her on was starting to help, we'll see.
I've always wondered if he put her on some kind of speed, circa 1968. Her autopsy directly mentions the swelling in her hands and my dad told me she had tingling in her fingertips (which can be a sign of smoking, actually). Her heart and lungs were filled with fluids.
the day she died, she woke up saying she was having trouble breathing. He took her to the ER, where she literally died on the examining table.
Part of me believes she had cardiomyopathy (what Barbara Hershey died of in "Beaches" - a disease where your heart self-destroys) but a tiny part of me also wonders if she was taking something ala pills and that "sped" up her heart to the point of overload.
I mean come on, how does a skinny little woman die of congestive heart failure?
My bottom advice is....would he rather be DEAD?
Said with care,
Mrs Droopy's Adult Son Who Still Misses Mommy