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Hello I'm looking for some straight talking individuals who can help me to understand what is happening with my mum, thanks.
My mum was admitted 6 days ago with black stools and throwing up dark brown substance. Once on the ward they arranged an endoscopy and whilst doing this they glued the stomach and injected the veins that were bleeding (varices).
Mum was 60 a few days ago and already has COPD and had a heart attack in her 40's.
Today whilst I was visiting the nurses did her observations and I was totally shocked to see her BP at 61/26. She did have fresh blood from bowel yesterday but they weren't overly concerned.
I know that the beta blockers were given to reduce the blood pressure to prevent further varices bleeds but I wasn't really expecting such a drastic drop. Her usual body is 125/80.
I had asked the dr yesterday had she been graded and was told it was unclear due to bleed and that once she's seen in clinic in a few weeks they may be able to give more information.
So my question is am I being paranoid or is this end stage Cirrhosis as I'm not seeing much about people having the severe varices bleeds other than those that are very advanced in disease.
thank you in advance I lost my dad to esophegus cancer 10 years ago aged 51 so tend to be one of those people that needs to hear everything as it is.
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