Minga’s blood pressure, which had been under control with meds, is elevated again. For some reason, her doctors are reluctant to give her higher doses or change meds as long as she’s on dialysis — that was Lily’s understanding. Instead, the doctors urged Minga to be calmer.
Clearly the stress of living in the city, and going to her dialysis appointment by bus, is telling on her — in addition to the strain of dialysis itself.
I’m going to Panama City on November 14th for five days, staying near her in the city, and will focus my visit on her alone. I wish she’d stay in the hotel with me to have some quiet, but I’m not sure that would feel like a break to her. She and two of her grandkids did come into the city one year and stay at the Riande Aeropuerto with me overnight, as a treat. The kids loved it. I think Minga didn’t sleep a wink in the strange and unfamiliar setting. Plus she was freezing. She and the grandkids were in the room next to mine, and nobody could figure out how to turn off the air conditioning.
I think that right now Minga just wants to go home. Such a hard situation, and I’m not sure anyone knows what to do.