Dad's doctor called Mom telling her the most recent Doppler exam of Dads legs showed blood clots in both of them. He saw Dad Friday and didn't think his legs were that swollen, and was surprised at the report. The usual treatment is a blood thinner, but with Dad's history of falls, he is concerned and would prefer not to do that. Dad had fought the staff treating him, when he cut his eyebrow a couple of weeks ago. The doctor said if Dad fell while on blood thinners, he could bleed out pretty fast or the profuse bleeding could cause a stroke, and he wasn't comfortable chancing it.
An alternative is putting a sieve in the main body vein (vena something) to prevent any clots from reaching Dad's lungs. It would be done by a radiologist and the doctor assumed they'd have to sedate Dad since he gets combative when he is afraid or doesn't want something done. Dad would have to be completely still for this procedure, and with Alzheimer's patients, that is not possible. It would necessitate a hospital visit and short stay. It is a complicated procedure. Mom told the doctor she wanted to talk to all of us before making a decision.
I called the doctors office, and hopefully he will call me back. Mom included the doctor's email, so I will also email him. I am NOT IN FAVOR of sedating Dad. I have read this can make Alzheimer's worse and I have seen the results when my Mother in Law was sedated to have an MRI. She had Alzheimer's and after the MRI, she was never the same. She did not even know who we were. Her personality was gone. She was like a zombie. Shortly after, she began to keep her eyes closed and would not talk, then she stopped eating. It was the end of her.
I would rather see Dad go quick from a thrown clot to his lungs or heart than to turn into a zombie....
I need advice from my Angels... Would my nurse friends please give me some feedback?