Dear Dr. Thomas,
Thank-you for your initial response; I have told my cousin to do this.
I would like to give you more information. He was placed on furosemide for leg oedema when he broke his hip. He was only supposed to be on it for a few days. However, as his meds are in pre-made-up in larger blister packs, we weren't aware he was still on it. So he has been on high doses of this for 5 weeks.
He was also incorrectly placed on co-codamol, which causes my uncle severe constipation. Last week, he just seemed to go downhill very quickly. After seeing the doctor, he was sent to hospital, who said he was dangerously dehydrated, had a UTI and chest infection. He was hallucinating for 3 days. He was placed on a drip for two days and then taken off it. They only took him off the furosemide and cocodamol when we asked.
The UTI is under control. They cannot isolate the organism causing the pneumonia. He now weighs only 40kg and is 6 feet tall.
Other than asking for other experts to be involved, is there anything else we should say or do to help him, as we don't think he has much time if things don't change quickly.
Thank-you for your help with this.
Kind regards, Lyn