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90 year old female with medical issues

My grandmother has been hospitalized for 2 weeks now. It started with a mini stroke and dehydration. Since the day she was admitted to the hospital her appetite has decreased significantly. She says her stomach hurts and food tastes terrible. After several tests, the doctors determined that her gall bladder was not working at all, although there were no gall stones. The gall bladder was removed 8 days ago. The day after it was removed, she had a bowel movement and as she was coming out of the bathroom she was shite as a ghost and her heart rate was in the 150 beats per minute. They gave her a shot (something that started with a T) and said that it shoud reduce the heart rate. After some chest xrays, and blood work it was determined that it was not a heart attack, but some sort of arythmia.It happened again the same night. They again got it under control. Fast forward 5 days, this heart thing happened again after a bowel movement. She is now on some medicine to keep this under control. My question is does anyone have any idea why this would just start happenning out of the blue while she has been in the hospital. Since the gall bladder surgery 8 days ago, her appetite still has not improved and she is living off of the vitamin water bags. They said it may not have been her gall bladder causing the stomach problems after all. Also a scope was put down her stomach today to see if she had any bacteria or ulcers, but they found nothing significant as to why she has this stomach issue and will not eat. I just wonder if anyone has any ideas if all this is related...oh she is also type 2 diabetic. She weighs about 125 lbs.


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