One of my sisters manages a medical office for a large company. I talked to her this morning about Chris and asked her to talk to one of their MD’s about it. He confirmed that the treatment was the proper one and that we should not let Chris run out of the Cogentin and also that he could have Benadryl at night. This makes me feel better to have another opinion even though I have already done research on it.
I’m waiting on the office where he has his counseling to call me back regarding getting his appt. with the psychiatrist moved up to this week or possibly getting Chris in with one of the nurse practitioners. If they don’t call me back by lunch tomorrow, I’ll make another call. Chris has enough of the med. to last through next Tuesday morning but his appt. is not until next Thursday so he would be without the Cogentin for 4 doses. I don’t want that to happen.
Chris called me early this morning and said he felt better today than yesterday. His speech was clear. I called this afternoon to talk to him and let his caregivers know that he should take the Benadryl every night. They were concerned until I explained that Benadryl is the same thing as Diphenhydramine which is on his prn order sheet. When he sees his counselor Thursday, I’ll get them to have an order written for the generic Benadryl. Options really gets their knickers in a twist about some things and I can understand some of the caution but at times, it’s just over the top.
Chris was so upset Saturday because we didn’t have the “consultation form” that has to be filled out for any type of medical care. I explained that at that time, I was not concerned in the least about a piece of paper and they could call me if they didn’t understand that. They prefer that all orders be written on that form. I won’t use the words I normally do to describe it. A doctors order on a prescription pad or on discharge orders from the ER are legal, binding orders. Why does that need to be so difficult.
Let’s just say that Mom hasn’t gotten out of the box yet about this and they would probably prefer to keep it that way. I’m not known for my cool, calm demeanor.
I talked to Ann & Deanna this afternoon and they both said he’s much better and that his face looks better. Chris says the same thing. And there was no crying and begging to come home at all today.
Thanks to all of you for continuing to care for and pray for Chris & for us.