Yesterday I went with my mom to get the results of her neuro-psych evaluation. I have to say, I was amazed by the skill of the doctor in the way he explained things to my mom, listened to her input and yet kept control of the conversation when it was clear she was trying to justify some of her poor responses and basically bullsh*t her way through. And the test itself was amazing. It's obvious this test was put together by experts and people can not fool them.
Sadly my mom did poor (at the low end of the bell curve) on every category. The doctor explained what each one meant, and while my mom got a little defensive at times, she also seemed to take it in stride somewhat. Put it this way, she wasn't shocked or devastated which was a HUGE worry of mine going in. In fact in the area of "emotional intelligence" the doctor explained her low score and asked her about her prior socialization and how she is now. My mom readily admitted she has no friends here and only spends time with me and my husband. When the doctor prodded about that and pointed out contradictions in her excuses as to why she was unapologetic. She then stated very matter of fact that if she wanted to meet new people she would, but she doesn't want to because "I like my old friends, I don't like to be around new people". Alrighty then. Sigh.
He discussed safety concerns, and the importance of having measures in place, explaining why they were needed based on her scores. Poor executive functioning, slow processing, etc.... I sat there stunned at my mom's ability to bullsh*t and how this doctor kept pointing out the bullsh*t to her with facts and her own contradictions. It made me realize how she's been able to hide this for so long, why I was so blindsided after she got here, and that NO I was not going crazy when I started seeing things.
He really hammered on the fact that she should not be driving. She fought that big time saying "I will know when I can't drive and I will hand over my keys". Not good enough. The doctor explained while she still has good "motor memory" which is something like auto-pilot something like a detour or unexpected encounter could be dangerous. He flat out said he would not get in a car with her. I said the same. She still persisted, but then he informed her he would be recommending that she re-take her drivers test. So.... that will be coming.
He also brought up the DPOA. At first she said something about "I don't like people getting into my money". A little discussion and me pleading that I too want that in place she finally did say to me- Honey I'll do whatever you want me to do. That was a shocker!
We left and my mom was not in bad spirits. I was feeling a bit like a wet noodle. But we had some nice light conversation coming home and I went to her place for awhile. While there she went and checked a folder, and get this- she already did the DPOA and I am named on it. My sister is next in line if I am unable. She did that at the same time she made me her medical surrogate but never told anyone. So, thankfully that is already in place and my worries about it were a waste of time and energy.
Long talk with my sister last eve, and how to keep her safe at her cottage. My mom is really looking forward to going and I feel pretty confident enough people will be there for many frequent check ins. I still know it will be the last year and likely only a month or two.
My brother called this morning to see how it went, and of course his first question was about the DPOA. I calmly gave him the update including DPOA is already done and I'm on it. Didn't make a single request of him although he offered that he would stay in touch with all her neighbors. I kept it short and civil after his horrible call the other day.
The saga continues. Thanks to all who have listened and have given advice. It's very much appreciated.