Landrey, who will turn 70 on Tuesday, has battled health issues over the last decade, health issues which intensified the last few months.
The health challenges started when Landrey had a stent placed in her heart about 10 to 15 years ago to correct a blockage, said Landrey’s daughter Tina Clay of Florida.
Around the same time, Landrey also had a bout of diverticulitis (inflammation of small pouches in the intestinal walls) and peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane that lines the inner abdominal wall). That’s led to multiple bowel obstructions, about one a year, Clay said.
“And so she has to be careful about what she eats,” Clay said. “Any kind of seeds and nuts and it’s pretty much an instant bowel obstruction.”
Seven months ago Landrey had a heart attack “out of nowhere,” Clay said. This past winter, Landrey, who has “horrible arthritis” and two artificial knees, slipped on her steps and broke her leg in two places, Clay said.
“She was in a wheel chair for three months,” Clay said. “I flew out to take care of her.”
The first day Landrey was able to “get out of that chair,” she felt the familiar abdominal cramping, the signal she had another bowel obstruction, Clay said.