Second post published under new rules. See here if you missed them.
Had another bout of Pulmonary Oedema overnight (it’s now 05.40), and, unusually, I seem to have slept through the worst of it. Or was unconscious. And I’m sure I don’t need to reiterate this, but this is a heart failure symptom, not COPD.
Anyway, I’m coming out of it now, and I’ve discovered another food trigger.
In hospital, I discovered Jaffa Cakes were the trigger that put me in there with an almost fatal attack and later, back at home, had another, less severe, bout caused by chocolate. So the link was sweet, fatty food, confirmed when a couple of slices of my home-made fruit cake, slathered with butter, did the same thing.
Since then I’ve avoided foods high in a combination of sugars, other carbs, and fat and, until last night, I’ve been fine.
Yesterday, I made some peanut butter and very nice it is, too. I filled a Bonne Maman jar, and had what was left over, about 172g, for my tea, with a handful of crackers and some home-made bread.
And that’s what did for me as, obviously, it was high in carbs and fats.
There might be another trigger too – my ulcer. The day and night before I was admitted to APH, my ulcer was extremely painful as, indeed, it was last night and still is today. I can’t imagine what the link might be, but perhaps what causes these exacerbations also causes the pulmonary oedema, as both are associated with heart failure.
Compared to what’s happened in the past, this has been a mild attack – it started around 01.00, not long after I’d gone to bed and, despite it, I managed to get some sleep. I’m now up, and while it’s hard to breathe, and I’m coughing up a lot of crap, it’s noticeably less bloody than it was just an hour ago.
I’ve won another bout but I really don’t know how much longer this can go on without killing me and, trust me, this is not a good way to go.