Last week, my father felt a little weak. So he went to the doctor at my insistence Aug. 15th. (My father is already being treated for “Afib”.) The doctor said his heart rate was too fast and told me to take him straight to the hospital, which I did. They gave him drugs to slow his heart rate, then released him a couple of days later on the 18th. When they released him, they gave him a glowing bill of health. His heart rate and blood pressure were perfect, they assured me. Never better.
The only thing is my father is definitely not the same! He feels even weaker. His once strong loud voice is weak and quiet. He drove himself to the doctor’s office on the 15th. Now he is unable to drive a car at all. He no longer has an interest in the things he once did. He no longer laughs and jokes around like he once did. And he told me today he has problems concentrating he didn’t have (too much) before. The doctors claim this is all because he was laying around alot in the hospital. But there is clearly more to it than that. What on earth did they do to him in that hospital??!!
FWIW, the new medicine my father is taking is Lopressor a/k/a Metoprolol, a beta blocker. I looked it up in a book, and I guess confusion is one possible side effect.
I am not asking for a diagnosis here (although any medical experiences will be welcomed). I just want general advice on what to do. He is seeing the doctor tomorrow. What should I tell and ask the doctor?
BTW, my father is signed up for 2 months of home health rehabilitation services which are supposed to help him with this. Also, my father is scheduled to see a neurologist next month, which is also coincidentally what the regular doctor suggested if we don’t like her prognosis.
My father is now an elderly man (he had me a little later in life). But I love him very much and hope he is still going to be with me for a long time to come.
Thank you all in advance for your help and advice