Re: caught totally off guard
Have doctors bothered to check his "potassium" level. It is done via blood work. Many elderly people are in nursing homes needlessly. All they need is the right amount of potassium.
If his potassium level is 3 or lower, he needs a potassium supplement. Too much potassium is dangerous too. Since your dad is on Lasix, he is most likely low in potassium. Lasix will strip potassium from the body. Lack of potassium will cause people to not function mentally or physically as they should.
I have run across some doctors who do not believe in giving potassium. Had this issue with my MIL's doctor several years ago.
Have the potassium tested and insist on a copy of the lab report.
Another cause for elderly to not function mentally as they should is "fluid on the brain". My mother had this problem and most doctors said she had dementia and to put her in a mental institution. Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas drained 1 oz. fluid from her spine and said if she was better the next day they would be able to help her. The next morning she got up and cooked breakfast like she had for years. The day before she was not able to walk with a walker or her mind work. The doctors put a shunt in her head to drain excess fluid from brain and she functioned just fine for several more years. She passed away last spring at age 93.
Last edited by Misty800; 04-28-2004 at 03:40 PM.