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Granddaughter lives with me and has been fighting extremely low potassium this past week or however long. Daughter had to call ambulance for her as she was on the side of the road about passed out. Very heavy chest, doctor in emergency room told her that if his potassium had been that low, he would have been dead. She is now 27, and has fought binging/purging for many years. Stress always exacerbates the issue, the latest was breakup with boyfriend, before that going through a divorce, no children thank God. Her Mom had these issues but overcame them but my granddaughter just seems to not be able to get past this horrible illness. She came to live with me so I see the results of the food at night and cleaning up the commode the next day, I also see where the food goes. She has abused laxatives, pretty much keeps a bottle of milk of magnesia handy at all times. I just would like to see a light at the end of the tunnel. After the divorce and moving back home, she lost her medical insurance so that is tough also. She has an appointment next week with a county facility so she can pay on a sliding scale and the labwork is free. I guess I'm very concerned as her potassium chloride 20MEQ are out as of yesterday and her appointment isn't until next week and I worry about her potassium dropping any lower. I have bought coconut water, V8, dried apricots, salmon, tuna, clams, clam chowder, kale, spinach, avocados and she is eating these and for the most part they seem to be staying down but she eats so little and works out at the gym every day which I think she should curtail. She is a hair stylist and the sweetest girl ever, breaks this grandmothers heart. Oh yes, I also have blackstrap molasses that she uses in green tea as this is another good source for potassium. Her Mom also had this going on for quite a few years and finally overcame it just to have a brain abscess in 2013, yet another story. This is one tired grandmother worried to pieces that we will lose this girl. Any encouraging words are appreciated. So tough with no insurance, she is not eligible as yet at work and she has to wait until open enroll with the ACA insurance.
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