In September, Mom came out of rehab with a DVT in her leg. The doctor in the rehab center prescribed Eliquis, and they sent her home. Last Monday (11/19), Mom's PCP sent her for a ultrasound and told her to make an appointment with a hematologist. Mom did not make the appointment because she was worn out from many Dr. appointments in October and November, and then her niece was visiting over Thanksgiving.
Today we finally got the ultrasound results, and she apparently has a non-occlusive DVT, which means the clot is still there, but it is not impairing blood flow. Her PCP will not renew the Eliquis script until she sees the hematologist. So today I made the hematologist appointment which is 21 days from today. We have enough Eliquis for 10 days.
I really don't think there is a big risk of the DVT getting worse until the appointment, but the whole episode has made me think that I ought to take over the task of scheduling Mom's Dr. appointments from now on. I had never considered doing this before; Mom has always been able to handle this by herself. She didn't want to see the hematologist and I figured that was her choice. But lately it seems to me that her judgement is lapsing. Maybe I should take on this responsibility, when necessary?