Mums forgotten about previous health conditions

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Linbrusco, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Linbrusco

    Linbrusco Registered User

    Mar 4, 2013
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    #1 Linbrusco, Oct 11, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015
    Mum has several other health conditions. Two of which she has had for about 15 yrs, and another two in the last 4yrs.
    She appears to have forgotten about the lot, so as a result is often agitated.
    Can't figure out why... Why is this happening? Can I take her to the doctors?

    All the self help techniques to learn how to manage these conditions has gone.
    She is taking all the usual medications that she has done so with my assistance.

    Without going into all the details :) one of Mums health issues has flared up.
    It often does when under stress, but she has been backwards and forwards to the doctors so many times over it, I'm reluctant to take her again.
    She wants me to make an appointment with a specialist as she says her doctor is doing nothing :rolleyes:
    On one hand I feel like we are wasting our GP's time, but on the other what if there is something else going on? Mum is not good at communicating when it comes to her health symptoms and often vague.
    If the doctor asks her a Yes/No question, she answers " Not really" or " Sometimes" .

    Anyones thoughts on this one?
     
  2. sleepless

    sleepless Registered User

    Feb 19, 2010
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    The Sweet North
    I can understand your dilemma, but unless her symptoms are new, or the old symptoms have worsened with no apparent reason, I wouldn't take her to the doctor, but remind her that she does already have treatment for the condition.
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
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    Mum has forgotten that she has anything wrong with her too, even though she has several things wrong with her too. I think she has gone back in time to when she really was fit as a fiddle. It is sad when she says with such conviction that she keeps herself very fit and has obviously forgotten that she can hardly walk now.

    Yes, if there is nothing new, then it is probably a waste of time going to the GP. There comes a time when someone else has to manage their health and decide when a GP is required.
     
  4. sleepless

    sleepless Registered User

    Feb 19, 2010
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    The Sweet North
    I know what you mean, Canary, but on the other hand, if it's what she believes herself in that moment, maybe it gives her a sense of well-being?
    My dad is in a care home and is too frail now for us to take him out, but he has often said he enjoyed a five-mile walk earlier in the day, and I think how nice for him to feel that he is capable of doing that.
     

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