May 7, 2012

Dotty is Sick, Off to See the Doctor

As many of you know, I am good at handling stress, and we have been in similar situations in the past. However, I am going to say this rates a 10 on the stress meter, and I don't think I have been here before with Dotty.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty is not feeling well and she has a temperature.

This is an ongoing problem that has been persisting for more than a week and is worsening.

I took Dotty to the doctor on Friday and he checked her out and couldn't find a problem. She also had a blood test the previous week which was negative for any identifiable problem. Negative in this case means good.

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On Friday, Dotty seemed okay but she could not walk without assistance. Saturday she seemed okay, but couldn't walk. On Sunday she wouldn't eat and was basically listless.

This morning she is more or less "out of it". Dotty has no energy at all. She is also very negative. She is saying she can't move, can't walk, and when I got her up to pee (she did), she immediately said she wanted to get back in bed.

She has some strength in her neck, but is constantly looking down, and is having problems keeping her eyes open. Almost like she has a concussion.

Her temperature is elevate this morning and she has a fever. On Friday at the doctors office her temperature was 97.5, now its 99. Well above her core body temperature. This is like a temperature of 100 for you or me.

I called the doctor's office and her current doctor can't see her until 2 PM. We could have gone in earlier to see another doctor, but since her current doctor saw her on Friday, I want him to be the one that examines her. It is always hard to explain to the on-call doctor what is going on. And who knows if they will really listen.

As many of you know, I am good at handling stress, and we have been in similar situations in the past. However, I am going to say this rates a 10 on the stress meter, and I don't think I have been here before with Dotty.

I am concerned and worried. That said, we are going to do the best we can and take it from here.

Thanks to those of you that continue to ask how Dotty is doing. It really helps us to know you care.

I'll do my best to report the results of the doctor visit this evening.

Bob




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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 3,511 articles with more than 297,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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