Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Mother’s Day Kittens! I haven’t had an opportunity to rant about something lately. Well, not online. But the opportunity has presented itself to issue a warning and some advice to us all with elderly parents.
The facts are thus. I just got off the phone with my Mother who has been ill for a week. She initially complained of flu-like symptoms to an On Call Doctor as her regular doctor was unavailable. Over a 30 minute period and one blood test confirming a low sodium result and no other problems the On Call Doctor advised my Mother to change her blood thinner. She felt my Mother was on the wrong one despite taking it for several years without any problems. So on the advice of this “new” doctor, my Mother switched her medication overnight and her symptoms became worse. Thankfully, she had enough sense to discontinue the new one and begin taking her old medication.
Brief Question Type Rant:
How can a doctor assess an elderly woman over a thirty minute period with a low sodium blood test result and advise she completely change her blood thinner?
Advice to my Mother
“Promise me you will never take anyone’s advice regarding your health lightly and to make a drastic change in your regular medication!” I advised she accept the information regarding the treatment or medication but seek her regular doctor’s advice. Changing someone’s medication overnight based on a flimsy blood test result is dangerous. I urged her to call me if she felt someone’s advice was too extreme and she was unsure. I also closed our conversation asking her to make a complaint with the clinic’s Manager.
I am livid with the On Call Doctor. “Is she a retard?” Apparently, this is a brand new medication the Pharmacist told my Mother as he filled the prescription.
Advice to Everyone
And my advice to everyone who shares my ire about this situation, tell your parents to call you if they feel unsure about treatment of any kind advised by a doctor or any other healthcare practitioner.
Finally wrapping it up!
As I tell my Mum, be your own healthcare practitioner. Get the information for any treatment: conventional or alternative. But don’t feel compelled to swap medications without knowing side-effects. And always discuss with your regular doctor any concerns. And know one knows you better than you. Our parents sometimes make silly decisions but thankfully this turned out well.
Happy Mother’s Day!
* I’d post photos of my Mum but she’d kill me! 🙂