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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Coherence

Lately, my mom seems to be losing coherence, both in her speech and thinking. I first noticed it over the weekend, although it may have started a few days before that. She talks like a drunk. After I ask her to repeat herself a couple times, it clears up a little and I can understand her better. And, her train of thought is lagging big time.

Yesterday, she double cooked something in the microwave and almost set the place on fire. We threw away the microwave today and got a new one. Tonight, when boiling an egg, the wind came in through the kitchen window and blew out the fire on the stove. She walked away without turning off the gas.

She's on so many drugs that we're way beyond needing a degree in chemistry to figure out all the interactions. (Side note: One thing I've learned throughout this whole ordeal is, it's not necessarily true when a doctor says a certain drug has no side effects or can be taken with anything. There's a pretty good chance the doctor is just parroting what he heard the drug manufacturer's rep say.)

We're shopping for a new doctor, her old doctor having moved to Florida. Well, there are other reasons, but as far as my mom is concerned, that's the only reason. So, there's not really anyone I can call and get a quick answer on the phone.

One thing I'm looking at is her potassium intake. She gets it in liquid form through her feeding tube. We missed a few days. And, that would be my fault because by the time it was time to give it to her, she had fallen asleep and I didn't want to wake her. I won't let that happen again.

There are other issues apart from the coherence problem.

Posted by Marie at June 15, 2005 12:40 AM