Dad Returns for his Checkup


I took dad to see one of his specialists this past week.  It was raining hard when we went and we were soaked just getting inside.  Dad had a good exam and doesn’t need to be seen again for another year.  He is doing very well and I was pleased.

The last time I took him there was almost exactly a year ago.  That time he had to go to the bathroom 3 or 4 times while we were there.  I didn’t realize that he probably had a urinary tract infection at that time as he ended up in the hospital about 2 weeks later with blood in his urine.  Today he didn’t have to make any stops at all, though he was wearing Depends.

When I went to pick him up, he was sitting in the lobby.  I told him I would put his snacks in his refrigerator and then take him to the doctor.  When I returned from his room to the lobby, his “friend” Mary was sitting with him.  He said: “This is my friend, Mary”.  I said hello, and that I was sorry but I had to take him to his eye doctor.  She tried holding some papers over his face so I wouldn’t see him as she didn’t want him to leave.  I was surprised as she hasn’t been with dad much in the last few weeks.  Mostly she has been with the other man who I once believed was her husband.

The doctor’s aid told dad she remembered seeing him last year.   I was surprised as even I didn’t recognize her from all the people I have seen in medical offices in the past year and surely she has seen even more.

We were gone a few hours and when we got back, she wasn’t still in the lobby.  I took him to his room and left him there.  He asked what he was supposed to do now, and I said anything he wants to.  He could nap or whatever as he had hours until supper.

I had planned to take dad out for coffee and a snack after his medical visit.  But with the heavy rain, I decided to save that outing for another day.  I didn’t even mention it to him today, though I had said something last week when I told him I would be taking him to the doctor soon.  He forgets anyway, but I like to tell him what is coming up.

I hated to have to take dad out on such a terrible day such as today.  I was afraid he would get cold and soaking wet.  He rushes across the parking lot and doesn’t wait for me with the umbrella as I get his walker out and then try to get the doors locked, etc.  Luckily we were parked near the building.  I am glad we got that done, and I can check that doctor off my list for another year.  With luck, dad will stay well and I won’t have to take him for any unplanned visits!

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About letstalkaboutfamily

I am a retired and was the primary caregiver for both my parents before they passed. I have children and grandchildren. This blog is an attempt to connect with other caregivers and share ideas and experiences. I hope you will let me know what worked for you if you had an experience similar to mine. The main issues I am going to talk about are elder care, death and dying, assisted living, family relationships and hoarders and hoarding. Other topics will come up as I address the issues and my relationship with other family members.
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2 Responses to Dad Returns for his Checkup

  1. terry1954 says:

    glad to hear he had a good check up!

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