As I’m writing a rather long post about hospital, I thought I’d take a break to write about a subject close to heart patients everywhere – diuretics and pee.
I’ve been taking 40mg of Furosemide (Lasix), a day for over two years, and the effect has varied from modest to zero. Same dose in APH had me peeing round the clock every 15-30 minutes, I kid you not. Nor was I the only one so affected, but I was arguably the worst. At least the others got some sleep!
And before someone asks why I didn’t use a bottle, I was doubly – and simultaneously – incontinent for the whole of my stay in APH. And yes, I would bloody love to know why!
So, naturally enough, I asked if they were feeding me any drugs that ramped up the effects of Furosemide, and got a denial.
Back home and 40mg of Furosemide resumes its desultory ways, and my fluid retention heads for the stratosphere again.
Yesterday afternoon, in despair at hardly having peed all day, I took an additional 40mg, and this morning went straight for 80mg – output, in 4 hours, is roughly 3 litres, total intake in that time, maybe a litre (water for meds, plus breakfast Bovril). A decent net loss then.
So why, I have to ask, to get a similar result to APH’s 40mg do I have to take at least double the dose at home?
I smell a rat.