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Chiropodist who would do a home visit in Dorset

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LaBelleDameSansPatience · 07/12/2012 11:45

My mother is 89 and really really hates me driving her to a chiropodist. Does anyone live in the Dorset/South Someset area and know of a chiropodist who does home visits? I can't neglect her but the arguments are getting me down!

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CMOTDibbler · 07/12/2012 11:57

I think most private chiropodists do home visits if you ask.

How is your mum doing?

LaBelleDameSansPatience · 07/12/2012 17:17

Not so good. I don't understand the whole thing - she appears perfectly rational, can talk about education policy, history, etc, but not remember to clean her teeth or go to the toilet in time. She frets and frets because she can't understand why she feels so 'far away and twice removed', then doesn't want to see the homeopath because 'there's nothing wrong'. (We have given up on the NHS; her GP said there wasn't any point in finding out what was wrong as there is nothing that can be done. I don't necessarily disagree, but see no point in taking it further.)

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fabulousathome · 10/12/2012 18:04

I think you need to go back to the GP (maybe you and not her) and press for an appointment to a memory clinic. There are drugs that can slow the progress of memory problems if that's what she has.

She might be lacking in some kind of vitamin e.g. I believe low iron (B12) levels give memory problems.

Go back and get some action from the GP.

LaBelleDameSansPatience · 10/12/2012 22:03

Her GP said there was no point, as these drugs don't work very well and have bad side effects. She did have a blood test with low vit B12, but GP said that wouldn't make much difference. Maybe a supplement?

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pippop1 · 11/12/2012 17:24

Well I'm not a Dr but my MiL has those drugs and we can't notice any side effects particularly. Saying that, her memory is getting steadily worse.

The memory clinic told us that if the drugs were stopped (we said, not in front of her, that we wondered if they did anything at all) she would revert to being how she would have been without them i.e. worse. They slow the progress of the memory loss apparently.

She does take B12 and a statin drug too (the carers ensure that she remembers to take them). The memory drug is in a patch on her back.

Your GP might be right about them not working well but as to side effects I disagree.

It's all pretty depressing and sad.

CMOTDibbler · 11/12/2012 21:22

I know that the drugs only work for Alzheimers, not the many other types of dementia/cognitive impairments, and there may not be much they can medically do, but that doesn't mean that the memory clinic can't offer a lot of practical support and advice.

I'd def go back and say that you and your mum need to know whats going on, and more importantly need some help

neversaydie · 11/12/2012 21:30

My father had vascular dementia, and was Vitamin B12 deficient. Deficiency is apparently quite common in the very old. It has to be given by injection, and was one of the few things that made a real difference to his mental state. Mum had to push hard to get his GP to do it at first, but it was worth it.

Dad's surgery seemed to have pretty much given up very early on - they missed anemia that was so severe that he needed a blood transfusion. Which was only discovered when my parents moved to be closer to us, at which point they had done no blood tests for 4 years. There does seem to be an underlying assumption in parts of the NHS that the elderly should meekly accept what few crumbs of medical help they are offered, and not make a fuss. Not acceptable for the person concerned, or their families.

Because it was vascular dementia, he was never offered any treatment to help his memory, so can't comment there.

Good luck with getting your Mum the help she needs.

LaBelleDameSansPatience · 11/12/2012 22:10

Thank you for your replies. Didn't know that b12 hasto be given by injection - looks like I'll have to make her go for blood tests. That is sooo hard. Sad

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