I made a FB post this morning saying that my mom is feeling bad again for the 7th or 8th day in a row and that I would be calling her primary care physician to get an appointment as soon as possible. We had an appointment with her stomach doctor and I called while we were there and got a 2:45 appointment with the PCP today.
She has slept almost all the time for the last 7 or 8 days, has barely been eating, she fell down 3 days ago and then 4 days ago she came in here and told me that we needed to make sure we woke up early in the morning to take my brother Darryl to school in the morning, but my brother has been dead for almost 30 years.
The primary care physician wanted to put her in rehab for a little while but we settled with having Home Health Care come out to do some physical therapy to see if they can build her strength back up. He ordered more lab work to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies even though he ordered lab work for the same thing about 6 weeks ago to see if it was causing what he calls manic spells which I am not yet convinced is not dementia.
So we had to go to medical records at the hospital and get those lab results and take to his office and he will review them and if anything is wrong he will let us know. And tomorrow or the next day we have to go get more lab work done.
Because she fell and hit her head 3 days ago he wanted her to have another CAT Scan but as soon as he said that my mom started bawling because we cannot afford another $325 for another CAT scan given that we just had one done five or six weeks ago as ordered by the neurologist to make sure that she does not have dementia.
And he also recommended that the pain management doctor reduce her intake of Gabapentin by half. But he really didn’t give us any good and clear answers as to why she is sleeping all the time, talks so softly it is almost a whisper, has not been eating hardly anything at all and barely has the strength to stand up when she is sitting down.
He also said I need to quit giving her a multivitamin and gave us a list of individual vitamins and minerals that he wants us to buy and for her take individually from now on. So hopefully she will not have too many more bad days. They’re supposed to call in a couple of days to let us know when Home Health Care will be here and perhaps the physical therapy will help her regain her strength.
And when we seen the stomach doctor this morning the old doctor no longer works there so we had to see a new doctor. I did not know but he said I should be giving my mom her Protonix 30 minutes before a meal. Well my mom only eats when she gets hungry so that’s not going to be easy to do. Then he told her that the problem she is having with her stomach could be because she does not eat five or six small meals like she is supposed to and instead eats two big meals on most days and sometimes three. My mom has the stomach reduction surgery 9 years ago and she has never eating small frequent meals like she is supposed to. I told her I know it’s a pain in the butt but she’s at least going to have to try it for a little while because the doctor said that could be why she has had problems with her stomach hurting her for the last couple of years, and it is to where her stomach hurts her about half a time even though she takes medicine for it and we have tried four different medicines recently and none of them makes her stomach totally quit hurting.
Because the primary care physician never received the results from the last lab work I have to stay on top of that and make sure that they get those results from the new lab work. And while I’m at it I guess I’m going to have to go ahead and call the neurologist and make sure she got the results from the EEG in a CAT Scan. She said she would call us if there was anything wrong with the results but we have not heard from her and I’m not sure she is even receive the results.
Mom has not had no spells where she’s been delusional like the four or five she had during a hurricane and afterwards but her memory loss and level of confusion has been higher still than it was before the hurricane and she started having these spells. She has been back on her anti-depressant for 5 weeks now and the doctor said after she is back on then for 6 to 8 weeks she thinks that she will return back to normal and will not have these so-called manic spells anymore.
So now I’ve got a lot more things to do and worry about and it’s going to be hard to get my mom to eat small meals and to take her Protonix before one of those meals. But I have to do what I have to do so I don’t have to see her hurt so bad in her stomach.
I appreciate anyones prayers about this situation and I thank you all for your love and support that I receive here from y’all. Thanks so much!!!