How important are visits to neurologist?
I need help knowing what to do next. When my husband was released from rehab, they had made a 9am appt for him with a neuroligist in the hospital he had stroke intervention in – 1.5 hours away. I would have to gotten him up at 6am, got help to drive him 1.5 hours away, sat in the waiting rm for an hour, had the appt for an hour, then drive home 1.5 hours - with a man who could barely sit up and in Depends - that's like 6 hours! My husband was in bad shape, and not really able to handle a trip like that, that's why the rehab dr ordered 100 days of inhome therapy, which he is still doing.. I also had other misgivings:
1. At no time did a doctor in that hospital EVER come in and tell me the results of any test/mri
2. as soon as rehab was over, they wanted him to order a heart monitor and wear it 21 days, but it was ok to NOT do anything for the month he was in rehab?
3. he was released from rehab with no blood thinner, and when I asked why, I was informed because he had a bleeder, a shocking discovery, since I only knew about the blood clots. I suspect this bleeder came from their wonderful stroke intervention of doing an angio type thing in his brain. I can only wonder if he might not be totally disabled if I had refused this surgery and just took the clot busting drug he got in ER.
4. The STD disability has ran my butt off making me run to the doctor with him constantly, to make sure he had STILL had the disabling stroke, so I really haven’t had a chance to get him to a follow up neurologist appt due to fighting the good fight with insurance and STD people. Now the LTD & Soc Sec Dis. is already starting asking for things. But he is now in better condition. Before, he really couldn’t go out but to the fam doc 5 min away, as he was not well, and even that was a production.
-So, just what do the neurologist actually do for the patient if you make it to one of them? Or is it a matter of just them having info for their statistics? Yea, if you think I sound sarcastic and bitter, you read me right.
Last edited by Sandy Caregiver; 06-29-2012 at 10:27 PM.