I hope so. I was with her in the city on Saturday and she walked around for four hours with no problems at all. Apparently she has had the heart failure for a while and nobody knew. Her heart is pumping relatively little of the blood that it should be (less than half it should be), which is what caused the fluid build-up. Arteries and valves are fine. She looked tired today, but apparently she didn’t sleep last night and so that’s probably why. But she was wandering around the ward quite merrily, and doesn’t seem to get out of breath now they have “dried her out.” Pulse, oxygen levels and blood pressure are all fine.
Part of the issue has been, apparently, that she has MGUS (a paraprotein in her blood) - and she’s been told to drink a great deal over the last twenty years because of that as it is meant to keep her healthy. Whereas the MGUS hasn’t done her any harm (yet), the heavy water intake has combined with the now-weak heart and caused what happened on Monday. They now think the heart attack didn’t happen Monday, but several weeks ago, but it was just that everything came to a head on Monday for various reasons.
She’s been very active for an 82 year old - up the city all day once a week with her friend, etc. I hope that doesn’t change any time soon. She’ll go nuts if she gets so she has to stay at home. It is worrying. And, like us here, she and we now have to adapt to yet another “new normal.” But hopefully the meds, the now-reduced water intake, and doing as she’s told regarding salt intake etc, will mean she keeps relatively symptom free for a while to come.
As for the singing, if you’ve recently had a medical, you’re welcome to click on the YouTube video - not jazz really, but a little-known big band number written by Bobby Darin back in 1964, that is a pastiche of his hit Mack the Knife. There’s a few more if you follow the link to the YouTube channel.