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Bah! [Nov. 19th, 2014|02:19 pm]
Tony Grist
A district nurse called at lunchtime. She was asking my mother about incontinence (which she denies she suffers from) and her medical history (which she remembers nothing about).

[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2014-11-19 02:39 pm (UTC)
My mother has had many similar experiences. She's repeatedly explained to various organisations that her partner has Alzheimers, and that there is no point in asking him questions (when I telephoned yesterday, he wasn't 100% afterwards who I was). They continue to do so.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-19 03:28 pm (UTC)
There's no flexibility to the system. The questions have to be asked because that's what the rulebook says even when there's no chance of getting meaningful answers.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2014-11-19 04:24 pm (UTC)
Why on earth would they talk to someone who is no longer capable of providing honest, accurate answers?!? That makes no sense!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-19 05:25 pm (UTC)
She was just following procedure- never mind that it was pretty pointless.
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From: cmcmck
2014-11-19 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh that just makes no sense at all!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-19 07:46 pm (UTC)
No, it doesn't.
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[User Picture]From: negothick
2014-11-19 09:38 pm (UTC)
I encountered the same weird procedure in the 90s, when my father had Alzheimer's. For several years, he could fool just about any telephone caller--he sounded perfectly reasonable to a stranger. We couldn't get his own doctor to forbid him from driving until he ran his car into a barrier and had no idea what had happened. He tried to say the brakes had failed--but they had not.

Since then, I've read many accounts of drivers using the same excuse for such accidents.

Who makes these stupid rules?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-20 10:33 am (UTC)
My father-in-law was driving long after he ceased to be competent. My mother too. Both of them finally gave up of their own accord.

I think we're in denial about senescence.
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