Continuing from my initial blog post on September 4.
5. Wish I had pushed the doctors more
When it comes to the diagnoses and recommendations of medical professionals, baby boomers like me tend to take them at face value. Our parents trusted the decisions of the experts, and so do we. Mama had a primary doctor and specialists who took care of her. I was a little concerned about all the medications she was taking and mentioned this to her doctor. Her primary doctor and specialists didn’t seem too alarmed, so I never really pushed the issue. I trusted the experts and saw no immediate need to challenge them.
In hindsight, I have learned that reactions to a medication or to a combination of medications can result in side effects such as memory problems, delusional behavior, irrationality, dizziness, insomnia, and moodiness— all of which can be falsely identified as a normal part of aging. If I had it to do over, I would make sure my Mama had a geriatrician, a doctor with specialized knowledge of the ways medications can affect a senior's mental and physical health. One should never assume that the primary doctor knows how medications can interact with elderly patients.