My mom was released from the hospital last night so that she could go to her appt. in Indy this morning with her heart surgeon. In addition, my sister who is a nurse in the medical ICU at the IU med center contacted a GI doctor who specializes in livers regarding the issues my mom is having with regard to her liver swelling and elevated liver #s. The doctor reviewed the information about my mom's liver #s last night and ordered an ultrasound today of her liver, following her appt. with the heart surgeon. He is going to see her on Monday regarding her liver complications, but he indicated based on what he saw when he looked over her #s that it might be Amiodarone induced hepatitis. Amiodarone is the drug my mom was on to help keep her out of A-fib. You can read more about Amiodarone here: http://heartdisease.about.com/cs/arrhythmias/a/amiodarone.htm Unfortunately, even after stopping this drug, it takes a very long time to get the drug out of your system, and it can continue to cause problems and damage. In addition to complications with the liver, it can also cause complications in the lungs, thyroid, cornea, etc... Please continue to keep my mom in your prayers! My mom will be able to be home this weekend, as it appears her heart is still healing well, despite these recent complications and it does not appear that they are able to do anything to reverse or help what is going on with her liver, at this time. Hopefully we will know more after her appt on Monday with the liver specialist.
Thank you very much for your continued prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!