road-sign-63983_640Tomorrow morning, I'm taking Mom to see a neurologist to further investigate her Mild Cognitive Impairment. I'm so nervous and full of questions, like these:

What's going to happen while we're at the office?

What kind of tests will she have to take? (She HATES tests and has always tended to go blank under pressure.)

Will the doctor tell her tomorrow that she has Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, or can that still be put off till the future?

Will the doctor say anything that will frighten or upset her? Or me?

Is it okay to tell other family members about this?

Is there a stigma attached to dementia that will keep her from wanting anyone to know - if that is the diagnosis?

Why does she forget some things and remember other things, when they are basically the same type of things?

If dementia affects the short term memory, why does she remember some recent things, but get confused about things in the more distant past?

I wonder how many of those questions will be answered in the next 24 hours.

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