For the past 2 years I have had times where my Mom hasnt felt well. I tried calling the drs, asking lots of questions and all I ever got from the Drs secretary was "its dementia."
However , I do understand now there an be no rhyme or reason to them just "not feeling well" or having chills but there is also reasons ignored by drs. After negative urine tests, I took my Mother to the dr and pleaded to just try amoxicillin for a possible undiagnosed UTI. Sure enough the soaking wet nights slowed right down and so did her chills and extra confusion. I now keep her on 1 amoxicillin a day. Then we had the "not feeling well" days come back this year. I just happend to notice while bathing my Mom, a discharge, and called the dr for a possible Yeast infection (hense the amox) and he treated her Monday with just one pill for it. Her daycare, morning cna, and I are all shocked at how HAPPY she is again.SO..when we keep getting the "its only dementia" answers, please dont always believe them. We are their only advocate and we know best. Pats on the back to all of you out there in cyberland taking care of your familes!!
My mom (no relation to this relative), would always get them. She was tested and her urologist says that she was not able to empty her bladder from all the mini-strokes she had. What was left behind had become infected. To use his words "mosquitos breed more mosquitos". He prescribed an antibiotic to be taken daily, for the rest of her life. To my knowledge, there were no adverse effects to this, and when she developed pneumonia and bronchitis, she never developed any yeast infections, and she was treated with other antibiotics when she developed bronchitis or pneumonia, and they worked. But, yes, there could have been problems.
If my MIL wasn't coherent (sp?) enough to get herself up, I'd cover her with a blanket and put a pillow underneath her head and have the portable heater nearby (if it was cold out), if it wasn't-no portable heater needed.
thanks, wonder if we all should use it?
I read about coconut for memory at one time, is that what you mean Ruth1957? How much daily, does it cause diareahea or help with memory? I do know my mom is more alert after 2+ cups of coffee for sure. But sometimes it backfires and causes wandering too. Thanks everyone for all your posts....
That is right. You are absolutely correct, don't let your doctor hear you say it. My son was born premature and in the hospital for almost 2 1/2 yrs. He was in there that long b/c various people didn't wash their hands between patients and b/c he had a trach. in, he was vulnerable to all sorts of things. The intern doctors took monthly rounds. So, the one constant was his primary care nurse and his pediatrician. We would also have monthly care conferences. The monthly doctors wanted to try some sort of surgery on him. At the time I knew, but it's been 21-22 yrs., I don't remember. The one thing I do remember is he had some sort of surgery less than 2 months before they wanted to do surgery again for something else. I wasn't about to let them treat him like a guinea pig. I had the current edition of Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs by H. Winter Griffith, MD (now revised & updated by Stephen W. Moore, MD). At the care conference where the surgery was discussed, I brought my copy of the book with and, at the right time, I brought up if you're on this drug then you need to watch out for this and that, and warnings and precautions. The medication he was on said something about surgery and his pediatrician wanted to see it. Long story short, the pediatrician agreed with me (and I'm wasn't going for a nursing or doctorate degree). So the surgery that the resident (monthly) doctors wanted to do was abandoned. They found another course of treatment. I have always had the research bug in me since I got married. Fast forward years later, I had been researching my MIL's meds and all procedures her doctor wanted done. UTI's even. I think my DPOA SIL was jealous of me, b/c of the things I found out & I didn't mean to make her feel inadequate as a nurse. I just had some time to research (mainly when my MIL went to sleep at night or early in the morning--when she wasn't awake). Always trust your gut reaction.
Another word of caution: When elderly patients are tested in the drs. office and it comes out 'negative' in office don't assume it's negative. Most elderly patients go into drs. office and it tests 'negative' and the drs. office sends it out to a lab and it comes back 'positive'. The reason I know this is b/c my MIL had it come back 'negative' in the drs. office and it was sent out and came back 'positive' and then was put on antibiotics. My MIL saw my GYN, not b/c I suggested him, but b/c her dr. suggested him. I felt comfortable enough calling the drs. office after it came back 'negative' and told them it can't be negative, she has to have something. That's when the girl told me that they sent it out to a lab and had another elderly person's culture come back 'positive' after having tested 'negative' in the drs. office. I hoped and prayed it would come back 'positive' b/c MIL was not acting like herself at all.
For one, she was very argumentative, refused to take her meds, refused to go to bed when she knew she had to get up the next morning, refused to get dressed for bed, refused to do anything.
She is generally a gentle person who will do what she needs to and doesn't cause a fuss. So if drs. office doesn't intend on sending culture out to be tested by lab, insist that they do. DPOA SIL more or less, said "Haah, she tested 'negative' for UTI." ...and she's a nurse???
it's not going to be the way it used to be. We used to get together whenever there was a birthday and I saw that on Labor Day weekend they celebrated everyone's birthday at one time and no gifts. No gifts is not a biggie, when everyone's in this economy and really don't like the situation of her being in NH. Although, I can just bet 1 daughter likes the NH scenerio. I don't know why, though. Just listen to your gut reaction.
Pirate, yes constipation too, you're right, forgot that one. We are taking precautions daily for that too, after her impacted twice! Thanks
Why not look into the use of D-mannose (I have posted this natural product many times).
Please consider this ok? I am not a doctor/nurse but one of the things we have to do is know how to 'work within the system'
I would have a URINE CULTURE done, sometimes it isn't a simple UTI, so be safe.