Strange Phone Call

LilMagill

Strange Phone Call

LilMagill
phone-2127_640Yesterday afternoon was so busy - I was supervising an after-school social thing for my son and his friends and then several of the families walked over to a nearby pizza place for dinner. It was so much fun - I hadn't done a group social thing like that in ages, and we had the kids at one table (outside) and the adults at another. Even my husband, who avoids such things, showed up and it was awesome to have him there as my date. After dinner, I took my son to a sleepover at the school, for the band, and once we got there, we realized that he was the only one who didn't have his instrument. So I went back home - 10 minutes - to pick up his saxophone and bring it back.

The saxophone was downstairs with Mom, and when I went down to get it, she asked if I had just a few minutes so she could tell me about something. Of course, I sat down. She said that about an hour before, maybe 7 p.m., she had gotten a phone call from a man who was talking about some x-rays she had had that showed plaque in her arteries that could cause a stroke. But she never heard him identify himself or the office he was calling from, and she said, "This information needs to go to my doctor, not to me!" He kept talking, but she felt suspicious since he never identified himself, so she finally hung up on him. That was all the information I got about that phone call. I don't know if what she heard was what the man said, but it was strange that she would get a call like that on a Friday evening. If only I had been home to get that call!

She had an MRI, ordered by the neurologist, on August 14, and I've been thinking about calling for results since no one ever called her. We were supposed to hear back in a couple of weeks. But I thought that no news was probably no news, and if it was bad news, surely they would have called. It was a nagging thought in the back of my mind but I didn't do anything about it. Now I will definitely call that office on Monday morning. But based on Mom's report, everything about the phone call was weird. She said that he didn't even say her name. But I can't count on her giving an accurate report. . . Well, there is nothing to do until Monday.

Is a clogged artery something that can be unclogged? How scary/risky is that surgery? Is the lack of blood flow causing her cognitive problems? If the arteries were opened up, would her brain get BETTER? Even though I feel worried and anxious, I'm having a slight optimistic feeling that maybe it isn't Alzheimer's, maybe this process could be arrested . . . at least for awhile?

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Denise

Hi--I just love reading about the relationship you and your mom have. I love the trust and love you share with each other.\r\n\r\nI'll be anxious to hear what you learn tomorrow. It will be helpful to have more information and to have an idea of any treatments that can help. \r\n\r\nI hope this weekend brought you special moments with your family and no more strange phone calls. :)