Join the 9 million people who found a smarter way to get Expert help

Recent medical questions

My mother is 84. Advanced Alzheimer's disease. Frequent urinary

My mother is 84. Advanced Alzheimer's disease. Frequent urinary infections, confusion, increasing aggression. Now persistent diarroeha, swollen legs and tummy, difficulty swallowing and sleeping much of the day. Our UK primary care physican says to avoid hospital due to risk of infection. My oldest sister is nursing. What should we do?

Read more

Dr. Rick, MD

Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist

Doctoral Degree

 
16,122 satisfied customers
I would like only hiv specialist to answer question

I would like only hiv specialist to answer question please. I had unprotected oral sex 29 days ago by a prostitute 2 minutes when she finished I cleaned my penis with toilet paper and didn't see any blood I also checked her mouth and didn't see any blood or sores.i have been scared I have been infected with hiv.i took an 18 day hiv dna pcr test it was negative plus I took a rapid 3rd generation hiv test also negative I took a fourth generation test yesterday I am waiting results. How reliable was my pcr test also I tested 4 days after the incident and gonorea and syphilis all negative is Ihaven't had any symptoms on my penis.

Read more

Dr. David

Radiation Oncology Attending Director

Post-Doctoral Degree

 
47,148 satisfied customers
My mother lives in an assisted living facility with nurses

My mother lives in an assisted living facility with nurses on duty. Can she get blood transfusions at the assisted living facility

Read more

Dr. Rick, MD

Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist

Doctoral Degree

 
16,122 satisfied customers
My mother is 73 years old is 5 ft 10 and weighs 85 pounds.

My mother is 73 years old is 5 ft 10 and weighs 85 pounds. She has copd and congestive heart failure and arthritis of the hip. Two weeks ago, the arthritis as made her bedridden and over a week ago she went into ICU with pneumonia. She is not coughing anything up and is completely bedridden. She also has had nothing to eat in 10 day sand the only thing she has to drink is water with her crushed up pain pills. The released her from the hospital 4 days ago saying there is nothing more they can do for her. She is now in a nursing home getting hospice care. We have her on a dnr. She has not talked in several days but nods her head if you ask her questions. We are the point of just trying to keep her comfortable but yesterday she started getting bedsores on her shoulders. She won't let the nurses touch her or move her. She has told everyone she is ready to die. Every time the phone rings I am on pins and needles. Is there anyway to know how long she will have to endure this? Thanks for any help that you can provide.

Read more

Dr Basu

Physician

Doctoral Degree

 
37,418 satisfied customers
My mother is almost 90 years old. She is in ICU at University

My mother is almost 90 years old. She is in ICU at University of Kentucky. She was put on a ventilator after a surgery where they removed her left eye which was infected. She was able to get off the ventilator and breathe on her own yesterday. Today I found out that they thinks she is aspirating because every time she takes a drink she coughs. They are currently putting a feeding tube in through her nose. She is also having problem with Blood Pressure and Electrolyte stabilization. My siblings and I are meeting with the ICU Doctors at Five today to discuss options. I'm just wanting to know a little more about my dear mothers chances of recovery before this meeting. I will greatly appreciate any advice, explanations, etc.. so I can make a more informed decision.SincerelyCharles Ray LeeMAJ (Ret) US Army

Read more

Dr Basu

Physician

Doctoral Degree

 
37,418 satisfied customers
My mother got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late stages.

My mother got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late stages. They put a plastic stent to drain the bile that was blocked. She was jaundice, but a month later she was then scheduled to change it for a metal one. However, she refused cause she was scared. This was two weeks ago. Now since last Wednesday she decline a lot and needs to stay in bed and is very sleepy. They scheduled to change her stent Tuesday, but my concern is that she may not make it until then. They said they can not do any emergency one. They have it scheduled at a hospital and she is in the nursing home where she lives. I do not know how this stuff works, so I wondering if I can call an ambulance to see if I can bring her to a different hospital to get an emergency stent replacement. I figured you knew how this would work and if I need permission or if it would take longer. Can hospitals just do it or would that even take a few days.My other question is i signed a "dnr" but I was thinking of changing this. I was wondering if she stopped breathing before the stent replacement and she was rescuitated and on a vent could she get the stent replacement then and get better. If this is true then I would like to revoke the "dnr" that I signed. Thank you very much

Read more

 
55,360 satisfied customers
My father in law is in the final stages of dementia--not aware

My father in law is in the final stages of dementia--not aware of surroundings, barely eating, not responsive to speech or touch, unable to communicate--and lives in a memory-care unit. In the past four hours he has had three massive bouts of diarrhea.His caregivers are urging us to take him to the ER (which requires medical transport). We think the ER is likely to say, "Observe him at home."Other than keeping him hydrated, what could the ER do at this point? (He is DNR, no nutrition.)

Read more

Dr Basu

Physician

Doctoral Degree

 
37,418 satisfied customers
Hi Dr. Dave. I am being treated for APL my blood levels have

Hi Dr. Dave. I am being treated for APL my blood levels have been berry good as of Monday. Today my counts have dropped quite a bit kin a 4 day timeframe. My Platelet count has dropped from a normal range to 128. My RBC count has dropped to 4.35. My Eosinophils are high at 8.8, Neutrophils Absolute dropped to .77 from 2.75. My Lymphocytes Absolute is .70. And finally my BBC count has dropped to 1.76 from a normal range 4 days ago. I am being treated with Arsenic and ATRA. Does this seem normal? I am in my 3rd cycle of treatment. THANKS, J

Read more

Dr. David

Radiation Oncology Attending Director

Post-Doctoral Degree

 
47,148 satisfied customers
My mother in law has Alzheimers. Shes 79. My concern today

My mother in law has Alzheimer's. She's 79. My concern today is that she's had a chest cold since June. My husband and I have been giving her albuteral breathing treatments everyday sometimes twice a day, we've giving her liquid mussinex as well as tussinex. We've also tried giving her hot soup as well as hot tea to help loosen the mucus. Nothing happens. It starts to loosen up that day but she goes to bed and wakes up it's like nothing has changed. The mucus is white maybe small traces of yellow from time to time. Because of he advancement of her Alzheimer's she doesn't understand that she needs to spit it out. She keeps swallowing it. Every few days she might spit at least once. He appetite is still good and she doesn't have any sneezing or coughing. She's hasn't seen a doctor yet. I'm at my wits end because I don't know what's wrong with her. I just want to know what might be possibly wrong so we can proceed from here.

Read more

Dr. Rick, MD

Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist

Doctoral Degree

 
16,122 satisfied customers
View more medical questions

How JustAnswer Works

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Pay nothing to your Expert if you're not satisfied.

In The News