nancyr84
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nancyr84, May 28,  2020  2:59pm EST

Mental Status Change with Mitral Valve Diseas

My husband is scheduled to receive a new Mitral Valve in a few days.  He has known for years that he had a leaky valve and was getting regular echos. In December he had sudden onset of back pain and after months of tests they determined he had a bacterial infection which caused endocarditis. The infection also caused damage to his vertebrae. He has been on IV antibiotics for almost 7 weeks now. The last few weeks there has been a change in his mental status. He gets confused and cannot get his thoughts straight. It's like he has aged 20 years, he is 71. I am very concerned. I mentioned this to his Dr but they don't have an answer for me. The infection is gone his blood gases have been negative for a long time. I'm so worried he will never be his old self . 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 29,  2020  9:14am EST

    Good morning, I am so sorry to hear this. I am thinking you might want to check in with neurology on the change in mental status. It is possible the two are not related. Also, I have found pharmacists to be great resources for questions about drug reactions. My mother was on a specific antibiotic and it did cause confusion and contributed to an underlying issue that we were able to find and treat. I hope this helps and please know that we are here for you both. Best, Katie 

  • JessW
    JessW, May 31,  2020  8:28pm EST

    I can't imagine how scary it must be to see the change in your husband's condition. I'm a few days late, so I hope you were able to get some snswers... perhaps from neurology or a pharmacist as suggested above. 

    If the procedure goes forward, I hope that it goes well and you are both feeling more comfortable. 

  • JessW
    JessW, May 31,  2020  8:28pm EST

    I can't imagine how scary it must be to see the change in your husband's condition. I'm a few days late, so I hope you were able to get some snswers... perhaps from neurology or a pharmacist as suggested above. 

    If the procedure goes forward, I hope that it goes well and you are both feeling more comfortable. 

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