- Oct 21, 2019
Did I miss something?Hi everyone. Thanks so much for your kind and supportive messages. Just wanted to update you.
Mum got a phonecall early last week asking if she was free for a video assessment and since then everything's happened really quickly.
The assessment was in 3 separate parts: a chat on the phone with me; a video call for Mum where she was asked to do some tasks on paper and pen, and then another video chat with a specialist a few days later with both me and Mum together where they asked Mum some more questions, talked us through everything including how she did on the assessment, the referral from the GP and gave her a diagnosis. Mum has Alzheimer's.
It's awful and Mum was devastated but hopefully this is a positive step as it means we can support Mum better now we know what is going on. She is going to get some medication that hopefully will help to stop things getting worse for a time and might even improve her memory for a bit.
What may have helped (and I don't have definitive proof, only circumstantial) but I asked Mum's audiologist to write a letter to the GP and memory clinic after the audiologist noticed Mum's memory issues and asked me to attend her hearing appointment with her. The phone call about the assessment came through less than a week after the letter was sent and they did mention that they had taken the information in to into account when making the diagnosis.
What about the brain scan?