Friday, March 31, 2006

Here I thought she was just going senile ...

My mom's doctor is pretty convinced she (my mom) has been suffering mini strokes since February of this year.

My mom's been complaining of dizziness since she went to my nephew's bar mitzvah back in February. And you all know whenever I mention my mom, I always mention her bouts of "not remembering a damn thing".

Well, her doctor seems to think she falls into the category of TIA (transient ischemic attacks). Thanks, doc. Now my poor mother has done nothing but worry since she was told on Wednesday.

Now, I looked up TIA and the symptoms. Here are the major ones:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause (source)
She claims she has no numbness or weakness anywhere. I question that. She hasn't had much strength lately, less than normal. Her facial expressions are fine. She's not dragging or favoring a specific leg while she walks.

I won't even touch the confusion issue. I've been saying to Geo, "She seems to get worse by the second." Now we may know why. I already touched on the dizziness, and the headaches are unknown to me.

She had an MRI yesterday and today she is seeing another two doctors.

I told my mom it was no use in worrying about it. If she has it, we'll deal with it. If not, she worried for nothing. I told her if she's worrying too much to talk to God. I said, "That's what you always tell me to do."

She seemed to feel better after I said that to her.

But, I'll admit it ... I'm worried, too.


Whinger said...

Oh your poor mom. It's so frustrating when it feels like no one can DO anything.

Kyahgirl said...

aw, that's too bad. My mom has been having TIA for a while too. Its especially bad when she get really tired. Another thing that happens to her is she'll suddenly blank out for a few seconds. She will be unable to speak.

You can't help but worry when you see them starting to deteriorate.


Maidink said...

Whinger ~ I feel there is preventive medicine for TIA. It's just the worry that a stroke was/is very much a pending issue.

Kyah ~ My mom does that now. And she gets so upset with herself. You're right, I worry about her more now than ever.

S.I.D. said...

look after yur mum shes the vbest.like3 you,your beutiful.soory topsy....tipsy

Francesca said...


You're a really good daughter.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Poor mummy. And poor you.

Things like this worry us all. But you know, theres often little things that we can do to help - I can't think of what exactly at the moment, but there ARE always little things.

I suppose it's easy for everyone to say 'don't worry', but it probably IS the easiest and the best thing to do.

Worrying about it wont help. Difficult, I know. But stress only makes matters worse.

Big hugs from us.

And a big hug for mummy.

PaxRomano said...

This sucks, no doubt. HOWEVER, they are making major strides against this kind of thing. Make sure your mom sees a neurologist as well as her medical doctor...I might be wrong, but I believe there are some nutritional things that she could do that will improve her situation.

Most importantly, try not to freak out (easier said than done, I know).

Good luck, and you know we are all here for you.

Mr. Fabulous said...

You ARE a good daughter, for sure.

I'll be thinking of you guys. Hang in there and please keep us posted.

Maidink said...

SID ~ Thank you, dear. And no more commenting for you after one on Staurday mornings.

Fran ~ Thank you, sweetie.

P and T ~ We're trying not to worry. Thank you, boys! xo

Pax ~ She does have a neurologist she's seeing next week. And you are spot on on the diet aspect. Cutting back, or cutting out, cholesterol is a big one.

I usually don't freak in situations like this. Worry, yes. Freak, no.

I might have to stop at the villa for some wine and a toy collection tour.

Mr. Fab - Thank you, Mr. Sexiest Blogger!

Francesca said...


we is still waiting for de damn pics, thank-u very muchas!!!

Merci said...

At least they're moving fast to get her diagnosis and start treatment. They can do so much now, so hang in there. Lots of good thoughts are coming your way.

CeCe said...

Ugh, how frustrating! But sometimes it's good to have a title! I hope you guys are able to deal with this! Keep positive!