My Mother died 4 days ago
Please know this is not a question, more of a follow-up to a post I made a while back in regards to my Mother, and I hope this may help someone out there who may experience the same thing.
My mother was a 77 year old type 2 diabetic suffering from Stage 3 renal failure. I took her to the doctor's office regularly. I listened intensively to everything I was told, researched everything for hours on end, called people in the medical profession whom were friends. An instance happened where I noticed a sharp change in her memory/behavior and mobility. I kept detailed records of everything I saw and informed the Doctor. They assumed it to be dementia, and based off their reasoning, I agreed.
But shortly her symptoms started to evolve which did not seem like dementia to me. After watching her, and considered her history of heart failures and slight blockage in her carotid artery, I alerted the doctor that I suspect her to be suffering TIA's. (Repeated mini-strokes) and the only way to definitively find out, would be to have an MRI of the brain. Unfortunately, even with the symptoms and detailed history of heart problems my Mom had, the Doctor didn't think it was necessary, and I was dismissed.
Shortly after this her condition declined to such a rate where I couldn't understand her, she couldn't walk, lost function on left side of body. We rushed her to the emergency room where they gave her a CT and found a massive brain tumor on her right frontal lobe. 17 days later, she died. The point in all of this is to tell anyone who is a family member, if you know something is not right, if you're with this person daily and you know them better than anyone else, and you notice something off...do not back down.
Unfortunately I did not live by my own advice and I backed off and listened to the Doctors, since they know so much more than I do. But had of I been a little more tenacious and insufferable toward the Doctor, maybe there would have been a chance we could have bought ourselves more time.