Mom takes Tramadol (Ultram). She is 91. She has no more cartilage in her right knee. She has osteoarthritis. She suffered a fall in her bathroom and was transported to hospital. She had CAT scan, executive panel blood work, X-ray and ultra sound,(she has a pacemaker so no MRI).
Hospital suspects TIA. I believe it might be her second based on a previous episode. She has not seen her Internist in a year because she was unable to sit for the long waiting period prior to seeing her physician. And, she doesn't want to be 'messed with'.
She uses a rollator to move from her bed to toilet, it is a very long and arduous process and is incredibly painful for her especially after her fall.
Her doctor refuses to refill her Rx without seeing her even though his office has access to her hospital records from one month ago. It makes me wonder how bedridden patients that are being cared for in their own homes get their meds?