Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.

~WebMd

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Visiting Physicians saved the day. Yesterday I received a phone call from my husband Mike, who in between appointments made a quick stop at home. According to the certified nurses assistant, Muddear had been complaining of pain and burning during urination. To be honest, I really did not want to spend another six hours in the Emergency Room at Mercy Fairfield - South Hospital, like I did two weeks ago with Muddear. Especially when she was discharged without a diagnosis (meaning nothing was wrong) a four day prescription for Prednisone. I called Visiting Physicians and within the hour the doctor arrived at my home and conducted a preliminary urine analysis. Within 15 minutes after the doctor's arrival, I knew that Muddear had blood in her urine; a prescription for an antibiotic was called into the local pharmacy; and I was to expect a follow-up call after all results were received from the lab.

Visiting Physicians provide a much needed service. It is wonderful to not worry about how I will transport Muddear to her monthly doctor's appointments; take her to get Xrays; or obtain flu or pneumonia shots; or take blood tests. I don't even have to make special arrangements to leave work early. I simply make and/or confirm the appointment and wait for the follow-up phone call to discuss the current state of Muddear's health. I would recommend Visiting Physicians to any caregiver.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nikki,

I am amazed at your strength! I also admire you. You have willingly given yourself at your young age to take care of your grandmother. There are not too many youn adults who would do that. Most people your age are focused on their career and their own immediate family. Remember to take time for you!!!!

Nikki said...

Thanks Anonymous! Your encouragement means more than you will ever know. I hope you visit again...