"Does my father need this heart
John's daughter, Ann is not sure who should
make this decision as her father has severe dementia and cannot decide for
himself. She is worried that if she is asked, she will make the wrong decision.
This is not
the easiest ...
Worried daughter is puzzled why mom became more confused in hospital
Sylvia's mother Mary is an 88-year-old
lady who was admitted to hospital with a fall. She was diagnosed with bladder
infection and was treated with antibiotics. However 2 days after the admission
"My mother got worse during her admission to hospital,
despite treatments doctors gave her. Why??
is 94. She was out shopping with her
daughter Rose when she fell. Rose took her to a GP who said that Mary
might have an infection and should go to hospital. After waiting severa...
Senna Pods: an old remedy for a common problem
In January I tend to reflect on the past year and
remember my patients and the problems we went through together. I treat
hundreds of patients, so I will not pretend that I remember them all. At times
I find myself in situations when ...
Travel in later
life takes preparation
Joan, an 84 year
old fit lady, booked a Caribbean cruise and is due to pay for her holiday in 2
weeks. In the last year however, she noticed something
amiss with her balance; she feels like she is "walking like a drunk person" at
Richard, a 76 year old man, was referred
to me by his GP with generalized tiredness, sleep problems and feeling low in
mood. He'd already had treatments with antidepressants with very little
improvement, and had been seen by various specialists in the last 2 years: his
Do I need to take
In December 2014 Mr. B's GP asked me to see him in clinic because of his
poor mobility. I am a geriatrician and almost all my patients have mobility
problems, but Mr. B's story was different: he lost his mobility within a week
rather than months or y...