Monday, August 23, 2010

Visit to the Doctor

I love my dad's doctor. She works one day a week in the Senior's Clinic at the University's hospital. The rest of her time is spent researching Alzheimer's and teaching. She is young. She is patient. She is compassionate. She is cute (and Dad notices that)!

Today she asked Dad how he was doing. She looked intently into his eyes as he talked. She never interrupted, even though he repeated things he had told her during the last visit, and the visit before. She talks directly to my dad and doesn't talk down to him. She validates what he says by paraphrasing his comments.The doctor did the normal 'doctor' things; listening to Dad's heart and lungs and taking his blood pressure. She reviewed his medications. Dad takes 2 prescription meds, calcium, vitamin D and 81 mg. aspirin.  The pills are confusing for my dad. He has quite a few bottles of Calcium and they are slightly different colors. That bothers him. He is also supposed to begin taking some Tylenol for arthritis. He had Tylenol gel tabs and tablets. That confused him. He thought Calcium and Vitamin C were the same thing. I helped him fill the cells in his monthly pill dispensary. We made a chart, taping each pill next to its name and dosage so that if he had a question about one pill or another he could check it on the chart.

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