My mom has been growing more and more concerned about Dad over the past few months, and started mentioning that something was wrong about six months ago. He is getting into the habit of relying on her to explain things or help him make decisions, which is definitely not like him. He’s been noticing some changes too, and went to a neurologist yesterday.
Here’s the part that is making me mad… these are some of the questions the neurologist asked my Dad;
What is your address?
What day of the week is it?
Will you count backwards from 10?
He also had him walk down the hallway to check Dad’s balance, and did the old standby where he named three objects, asked a few more questions, and then asked Dad to repeat the three objects. I don’t think that the exam was challenging enough to display some of the difficulties Dad is having. The neurologist said that Dad was fine and the symptoms are just age related. I don’t believe him, and I think that something is wrong. The last time I went out with Dad he was different. I could tell that when I talked about things that were detailed, he couldn’t understand me. He also asked me to pay for the food that we ate (he gave me the money) and asked my opinion about what size of ice cream to order. That’s definitely nothing like what he ever would have done before!
My mom said that she thought the neurologist would talk to her individually. He had requested that she watch Dad for forgetfulness or behavior traits that are unusual so that she could give her observations at the appointment. She thinks that it would have been better to do that individually and not with Dad sitting right there, listening.
He will be going in to have an MRI. What other diagnostic tools are available? I’ve been on several websites and it looks like it’s hard to tell until things really progress. If there’s any diagnostic approach that I’m missing, please let me know.