can anyone help me?

purtycat

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Feb 13, 2009
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hello im having my second memory test wedensday do you think if i ask the doctor if i can have a brain scan? or do you think it might be rude to ask? purtycat
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
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Dear purtycat

The doctor is there for your benefit and you should feel free to ask him/her anything you want.
I find it helpful to write down what I want to ask to make sure I don`t forget anything.
 

Clive

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Hi Purtycat

I have a problem with my memory in that I can forget a detail absolutely immediately, as though it has never been said.

I am now quite organised in that I type out all the questions that worry me leaving a space for the answer to be written.

I then read the question to the doctor and ask for time to write down the answer.

I also now use the thickest paper I can get in my printer (160 gram) as I find stiff paper is easier to handle when I am nervous (and my hand shakes).

I have always found that the doctor will answer questions and is happy that I have them written down, as it means I do not waffle.

Do ask whatever you want.

Best of luck with the test

Clive

PS. I make sure I write the Doctor’s name on top of the page as soon as I know it so I can refer to the Doctor by name.
 

purtycat

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thank you for all your help i will take notice of what you have said i will let you know how i get on thankyou purtycatx
 

Barry

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Hi Purtycat,

I also have Alzheimer’s and agree what everybody else has said and even do exactly the same thing as Clive and write down all my questions to the doctor, what I also do is to keep a detailed Daily Diary of how the illness is affecting me day to day no matter how insignificant it might seem then I give it to my doctor to see how I have been in-between visits.

You also have every right to ask for a scan as personally I feel that to much valuable time is wasted with all the preliminary tests in the UK instead of going directly to the source of the problem, I was more fortunate as the moment I went to my doctors with my memory concerns after just one examination she almost insisted that immediately had a scan even though she wasn’t so sure that I had AD but the scan proved I had Mixed dementia with AD and from that very moment she put me onto Aricept which is helping me immensely.:D

Good luck and don’t let the evaluation test make you anxious:eek:
 

sellyanes

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Dec 8, 2009
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Hi purtycat,
Here David from USA. There is nothing wrong to ask about your problem. Ask your doctor clearly and without hesitation.
Best of Luck.
Have a nice day
 

shelagh

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Sep 28, 2009
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Yes - ask and then ask again. I did and as a result got a diagnosis and awful though that was it did start off a whole stream of help.
Good luck
Shelagh