Mary Ann Nemshak

First post: Mar 17, 2022 Latest post: May 18, 2022
Hello Family & Friends,
On behalf of our Mom (and Dad), Stephanie and I have started this site to help keep everyone updated on her progress.  We know there are many, many people that love these two dearly...you are a part of our family...and want to give you a platform to shower your love, prayers and concerns.

Mom has been slowly losing kidney function over the past few years.  As many know, after a crisis in October, she began peritoneal dialysis.  This also launched Mom & Dad moving from their home of 53 years to independent living.  The peritoneal dialysis was short-lived as her kidneys made a "comeback", able to manage things without help--it was stopped just before Christmas.

Both Mom & Dad have been doing well.  Adjusting to apartment life and a new social life...and going through the process of saying goodbye to the house at 4356.  They do like their new place.  Dad especially likes three meals cooked for a day...and has already charmed the staff for extra soup at every meal!  And Mom is her typical caregiver mode helping others they have met.

On March 2nd, Mom began experiencing significant shortness of breath and took a fun ambulance ride to the emergency room.  She had some "wetness" in her lungs and they started her on a diuretic (water pill) to help remove the excess fluid.  She improved and went home on March 4th with oral diuretics.  

On March 10th, Mom began having shortness of breath again and didn't wait around.  Another ride with the ambulance (she has a blooming relationship with one of the medics!) bringing her back to the same hospital now in a brand new fancy building.  

Main issue...her heart and kidneys are not playing well in the sandbox.  She has congestive heart failure--not severe but her heart muscle is a bit stiff making pumping/filling difficult.  It is even more difficult when her kidneys decide the won't take care of the excess fluid.  This has put her in a vicious cycle...needing diuretics to help remove the fluid...but those same diuretics can impair the kidneys further.  After a first round of diuretics, she greatly improved on the breathing/cardiac side...kidneys started to revolt.  They backed off the diuretics, things were looking good; but alas, the fluid and shortness of breath returned.  It has been a rough back and forth.

She is back on diuretics now and the plan is to continue.  Her kidney numbers, so far, have leveled off and the nephrology team is encourage by the change.  As long as breathing improves and kidney function stays put or drifts back to baseline, she moves one step closer to going home.  

Thank you for your care and concern.  Feel free to leave your messages for Mom & Dad here.  We will try to keep this updated and address questions if able.  

Love and Blessings,
Michelle & Stephanie

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