My mother in law was diagnosed with Lyme and a UTI. In August, she took 3 week course of Doxycycline - her knee improved, she forgot she had a UTI. We have asked her repeatedly to see a primary care Dr., made her appointments that met her specifications for location, etc., and she cancelled them. Finally got her into a PCP, had a cat scan, they requested she have blood work done and they referred her to a neurologist (in another 2 months!). She left her husband last week and can't remember WHY! When my husband spoke to her today, she was so flustered she couldn't remember anything. Her mental change has been so extremely rapid (she was FINE this past May!!!) and she keeps talking about going to stay in Florida by herself. What do we do? She desperately needs treatment but she knows there is something wrong and she is too scared to follow through. In all of my research, there is a slim chance that the memory issues can be related back to the Lyme disease (we have no idea how long she has had Lyme, we didn't know she even had it until her knee blew up in July and she required a trip to the ER) or even an active UTI but we need to "convince" her that she needs help. She is only 73, very active, and still driving (which she won't be able to much longer because she can never remember where she is going, even when it is to a family members house that she has visited for many years). We live in NH, she lives in MA (about an hour and half away) and her other son lives in TX. She has a single sister who is opiod dependent, doesn't leave the house, and is unreliable in a medical emergency (her son had a heart attack and she waited for her husband to get home from work for the day to call 911 - he died!) I can't leave my MIL with her much longer and we are too far away for her to be comfortable, even though she is MORE than welcome in our home.