The Starfish Project

The combined effort of our whole family.

Update on Mom (4/14/09)

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Well, it’s been over a month since I updated the blog.  It’s been a little crazy busy for all of us, but I do apologize.

Dad and I took Mom for an MRI appointment today at SimonMed in Mesa for a scan of her brain and a CT of her chest.  We took her in the Towncar and we hadn’t used it for her in a long time.  But, she got in and out of it just fine.  So, we’re so happy we have more options for her.  Previously, it had been a little too low for her to get in and out of.  But, she didn’t have any issues today.

In fact, we didn’t even need the wheelchair at all today.  She used her walker and walked inside.  And, she used the walker to come outside after her appointment.

She had the MRI of her brain.  It was an open MRI, but she said it was still very loud and annoying.  She liked the last one better — but, she did get a Valium for that one.  Next time, we’ll make sure we give her one before she has another one.

When they got ready to do her CT scan, they saw in her paperwork that she has a sensitivity to iodine.  I didn’t realize that they have to do a contrast dye for the CT scan.  She had one at St. Joseph’s back in January and I don’t remember them giving her a contrast dye.  But, I guess they did.  Anyway, they said they weren’t aware of her iodine allergy and didn’t feel comfortable doing the CT scan without contrast (because they wouldn’t be able to see much).  They said typically the patient is given a preventative treatment of prednisone and benadryl a few hours before the CT scan to make sure they don’t have a reaction to the iodine.

So, unfortunately, we left today without getting the chest CT done.  We have to reschedule to  have it done at the hospital – where they are much more equipped to handle this sort of thing with her iodine allergy in case she has a reaction.

Mom is still having trouble with laryngitis.  It comes and goes – but, seems to be more pronounced.  That’s next on the list of things to have checked out by her primary care physician next week.  It could be a virus, a fungus, or a myriad of other things.  We will probably get a referral for an ear, nose and throat specialist and have them take a look at it.  I know it’s bugging Mom a lot that she can’t communicate very well.

Mom is much stronger than she was when I last posted.  It’s been a slow journey back for her, but we finally feel like she’s on the other side of these issues.  She’s not using the wheelchair at home at all — and hasn’t for a long time now.  She had only been using it for her twice weekly appointments with Dr. Porter since it’s quite a long way from the parking lot to his office.

I’ll try to snap some current pics of her when I see her next so you can see how great she looks!

Until next time …

Tracey

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Written by Tracey

April 15, 2009 at 4:13 am

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