Pulmonary edema is a sign of heart failure. The mitral valve sits on the side of heart where blood returns from the lungs. When the mitral valve begins to fail, blood backflows to the lungs instead of moving forward. With increased pressures, the lungs become swollen with fluid. This leads to cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and difficulty laying flat (you won't be able to breathe well). If the symptoms worsen, they may give you diuretics to help you.
To answer your question about why you are getting sicker...endocarditis is complicated. The bacteria in your heart are destroying the valve tissue. Antibiotics kill the bacteria and hopefully slow the deterioration of the valve but they don't fix it. You will need the surgery for that. Your doctor decided to try to treat the infection first but if the valve continues to worsen or the heart failure gets worse, then they may need to fix it sooner. This is what happened to my Dad. They treated him for weeks with antibiotics but it turned out the bacteria was resistant to the first antibiotic so the infection and valve worsened. They had to replace the valve and then changed antibiotics. It was no picnic but he did well.
I wish you had your family nearby. Rest as much as you can. Pay attention for any new symptoms and report them right away.
GDW, yeah the whole Benadryl thing is amazing to me!!! Lol. I am doing fine and am glad you are starting to feel better.
Love to you both.
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And yes, my daughter is in college!
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Morning all! I am feeling good. Weight holding, eating right, etc. I changed my antidepressant to Celexa and cut the dose. Will see how it goes. At the 6 month mark I will taper and stop it. This will also help my weight and my brain should be back to normal whatever that is.
Off to a birthday party for a 3 year old with my whole family. It is joyful to have everyone home! Spontaneously kissed my husband today. It surprised us both so I guess things improving there too.
Keep sober all. Love ya.