Mom changed her primary care doctor about 3 years ago. I think the main reason was the new one gave her 10 mil Norcos and the original one would only give her 5 mil. Although the new Dr seemed like he cared about her well being more than the other so I'm not being fair. It's just that I've been trying to get in touch with him for three weeks! He's come by and seen mom once when she was in the hospital and a couple of times in the nursing home. He can't not have noticed that mom is declining mentally very fast. She can't remember what he's said to her and her medication hasn't changed. I know dementia isn't curable but it would be nice to have a diagnosis. I've heard that there is medication that can help slow down some of the symptoms.
This Dr has a good reputation in the community. He goes to the hospital and nursing homes to check on his patients regularly. I've left numerous messages with his office and on voicemail. I started off with " please return my call at your earliest convenience" and am now up to " I've left several messages, it is urgent that I speak with you about mom's care".
The people who answer his phone all know me by first name and are surprised he hasn't responded.
I've spoken with him in the past regarding mom re; her growing incontinence issues etc. Issues I know mom is embarrassed to bring up and he's always been open to talking about her care so I know he's not avoiding me out of fear of breaking confidentiality.
The little I have been able to find out about dementia medications say that the earlier you start taking them the better they work.
I don't want to start stalking the man but I feel like the time to help mom is slipping away.