Hello- I was hoping someone could help us. My grandmother was in a car accident about three weeks ago and has not been the same since, but she is convinced she is fine and we cannot get any medical advice about her from her doctor (obviously) without her consent. Maybe an outside opinion would help us to get her to consider our request for another check up.
She was in a head on collision with a car going the wrong direction. Her ankles and knees were badly banged up so she is only seeing a bone doctor until she can walk again. But there are some other things that are worrying us. She is a very healthy, active 73 year old and she refuses to get any other help then what her bone doctor tells her to do.
1. She developed a lump under her breast, that did not bruise, but that is very painful for her. She just wants to see a massage therapist?
2. She mentally seems a little unsure of herself and has gone from a very depended, assured, quiet, proper woman to saying things (profanity and getting off topic) she has not used before. She is questioning things she generally has never questioned as far as decisions she makes or if/if not she has done or said something. She did have a cat scan the night of the accident and she thinks if there was something wrong they would have caught it. We are not medically literate in our family so she may be right and we may be paranoid over nothing?
3. Lastly she gets winded very, very easily. She walks and bowls and is physically in great shape for her age but now if she is up for more than a few minutes she needs help getting back where she started. Normal after a car accident for someone her age?
I hate to question her bone doctor or my grandma who is usually the one giving us medical advice. BUT she is independent and stubborn and we are concerned there is something they MAY not have caught. We thought an outsiders opinion, even if it is to just one of the concerns may help us to persuade her just to get checked out one more time.