It Went Well - I Think

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It Went Well - I Think

LilMagill
medical-563427_640The appointment went really well in that the doctor could not have been more upbeat and optimistic and friendly, and my mom left the office feeling happy and relieved. And so did I! I hope I'm not missing too much. The doctor told Mom, "I have good news for you. You did really well on your tests." And then she talked about all the areas Mom did well in, like attention and motor control. Then she said the one area of difficulty was short-term memory, BUT she noticed that when Mom had the opportunity to repeat something (or have something repeated?), she was able to learn it, which is not typical of someone with Alzheimer's. So she actually did use the "A" word. :-) The diagnosis remains Mild Cognitive Impairment, and she just wants to repeat the testing in a year.

I asked if there was a written report I could look at, and she handed me a several-page document. I didn't have time to read it carefully and digest it, but I did see a sentence that said one test suggested dementia, something like that. I wasn't able to ask about the significance of that test and that word. The doctor just advised Mom to make an effort to repeat things she wanted to learn and use lists to help her remember things. Yeah, yeah. I see changes in more than memory - I see that she has more and more trouble keeping track of time and organizing herself. So those results don't address all that I see. But I'm not sure it matters.

Mainly, I am very grateful that we both left the appointment feeling good!

And speaking of feeling good, watch "Uptown Funk" if you haven't seen it already! I can't get enough of it. I think it's the new "Happy."

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bootsie

Sounds good. Just keep on keeping on. I love Bruno Mars too. Got stuck in a horrible traffic jam recently and did some car dancing to Uptown Funk.

LilMagill

Thank you so much, friends, for sharing my relief!

Jean

<a href='http://www.caregiving.com/members/lilmagill/' rel=\"nofollow\">@lilmagill</a>,\r\nI'm so glad your visit went smoothly and that it ended with some relief. Your mom's doctor sounds great. Here is hoping that the mild diagnosis stays mild for a very long time.

EllysGdaughter

Hurray for all of you! What a pleasant visit after all you were fearing! Your mom is a trooper and now you have a plan of action, repeating and lists! Welcome to my world! I use a white board near the refrigerator since that is where Grandma usually stands realizing we are out of something. I am amazed that it works so well. I also use post its on the leftover containers in the refrigerator so she doesn't have to guess what things are . . .

Hussy

Sigh a big sigh of relief. Not only is it over, it went well. Your fears were faced and you have a plan. Well done!\r\n\r\nP.S. I absolutely love Uptown Funk!

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