The person the doctors see isn't the same one I take care of every day.
Just curious how many other caregivers have encountered this...
Recently had to take my MIL to the ER for some x-rays after she took a tumble out of her wheelchair (nothing broken, thank God). While my husband and I waited with her I noticed she seemed remarkably alert and responsive. In fact, the way she interacted with the ER doc you'd never know she had dementia...almost made me want to grab him by the scrubs and tell him just one week ago she was asking me what I was planning to make for Christmas dinner!!
She does this at the neurologist's office too. It's like she prepares herself for the usual list of questions - what's your name? Date of birth? What year is this? Where are you? She invariably passes with almost flying colors (responses are slow but almost always correct). And again I find myself wanting to scream "you should have seen her yesterday when she was trying to put her Depend on over her head!!!"
Anyone else come across this? Do encounters with medical professionals cause their brains to flood with adrenaline or something?