The doctor’s office didn’t call back that day. Sigh. When they did return my call, I was standing in line at the grocery store, and just allowed their message to go to voicemail. Who wants to talk about intimate details of your mother’s health amongst tabloid magazines and inquisitive strangers?
When I got back to my car and listened to the message, the nurse had apologized for not getting back to me sooner. It has been 36 hours since I called and it is now 6:15 p.m. The doctors office is closed. ‘I’m sorry, your message got lost in the shuffle. I see she has an appointment for tomorrow, but if your mother worsens during the night, you can always take her to the ER.’ Seriously? The ER? Again? That is exactly what I was trying to avoid. No. Mom is having trouble, but she is stable.
I will wait until the appointment.
I pray we can wait for the appointment.
The doctor is rather shocked at Mom’s condition. At one point during the appointment, he looks at me and quietly asks, ‘are you sure you can take care of her at home?’
He actually says, I think we’ve missed something. Her physical state does not match her clinical report. Something is wrong.
Ah, yes. Something is wrong. That is what we have been saying for months. Finally. He gets it. This isn’t just Afib or congestive heart failure. This isn’t just dementia. There is something else they have missed. Her rapid downward spiral is happening right before our eyes. Before his eyes.
He changes her meds again. We schedule an appointment with the cardiologist for his “next available”, and we head home. I am disappointed. I don’t know what I expected him to do for her. Mom is weak and frail and so sick. I help her into her chair and make her comfortable.
The ‘next available’ seems like a long way off.