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My father is sick and Iím worried (long and rambling)
Old 11-25-2020, 05:23 PM
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My father is not a man to go to the dr. When I was in my early 20ís he let a simple case of diverticulitis turn into pancreatitis because he refused to call the dr.

He hasnít been feeling well for a few months. He called his new dr (who doesnít know him) and she let it go. He called back and it was bronchitis. She treated it and he felt better. Meds ran out and heís sick again.

Meanwhile he started a new meds for his diabetes and heís nauseous now.

Called the store today and talked to NP. Sheís treating his cough like allergies (yes, after the bronchitis) and giving him something for the nausea.

No Covid test, nothing. Heís high risk. Iím worried and unhappy. My mom is worried and unhappy.y father is getting unhappy (it takes a lot).

Just venting. Thanks for reading my novel.


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Old 11-25-2020, 05:34 PM
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You have every right to vent and probably better here than with your folks. Iím so sorry to hear that your dad is feeling sick and not getting any better. Thatís he bad enough under the vest if circumstances but itís worse now with the pandemic.
Maybe he needs a new doctor? I hope you all get answers soon
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:43 PM
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Iím sorry. Itís so hard being far away as our parents struggle. I bet youíre all glad youíll be close to them soon.
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:44 PM
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You have every right to be unhappy. Covid rates over here in MO are double what you have in IL. I'd be worried as well. Have you googled to see if there are any testing places or testing events near where your parents live? Check Walgreens and CVS.
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Old 11-25-2020, 06:14 PM
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Praying he feels better and gets to the root of the problem.
Is it possible the bronchitis never went away?


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Old 11-25-2020, 06:27 PM
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Hope he's ok! Keep us posted.
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Old 11-25-2020, 07:02 PM
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Prayers for your father.
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Old 11-25-2020, 07:29 PM
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Praying!

Even without Covid I feel like he should be seen by a Dr again. Sounds like maybe the bronchitis didn't go away!

Hoping he feels better soon!
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Old 11-25-2020, 07:51 PM
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I would be worried too. Your dad definitely is a person who needs a doctor who knows him and pays attention. Has he been to see the current doctor for the annual wellness check that Medicare covers? It's a time to go over his various conditions, check on meds, etc. But also it would give him and his doctor a chance to get to know each other. I know I called my doctor in the evening several years ago with some rather strange, but vague, complaints. She knew that I wasn't a hypochondriac and sent me to the ER--and i was admitted.

I wonder if the bronchitis actually was gone, or just a whole lot better and under control with the meds.

A pharmacist might be able to help with the diabetes med and nausea issue.

He needs to be seen. In my opinion--and I would not be satisfied with the care he's getting.

Covid test would make sense to me.
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Old 11-25-2020, 09:37 PM
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I'm so sorry, I'd be so stressed, too! With his history, a doctor should be all over it if he goes to see her. He obviously doesn't go to the doctor for no reason. Keeping him in my thoughts- I hope he gets some targeted treatment for whatever is going on.

I hope you're feeing better, too!


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Old 11-25-2020, 09:54 PM
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I hope he feels better soon.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:44 AM
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I wish doctors would understand that when people who *never* go to the doctor suddenly call, it means something is clearly wrong. I admit I'm a lot like your dad. I'll tough it out through anything. But when I do finally go to the doctor, it's because I can't tough it out anymore.

Be the squeaky wheel if you can and demand more from them. Is there a community site where you can take him for COVID testing? Around here, you don't need to see a doctor for it.

I hope he gets better soon!
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Old 11-26-2020, 08:07 AM
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Prayers for your dad.

I also think a Covid test is in order. Can they make an appt and go to a drive-up one? I also agree he needs a new dr. or someone (you) needs to put their foot down with the dr. Would a trip to urgent care work for now?

I'm so sorry.
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Old 11-26-2020, 08:09 AM
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I'd be worried too. Perhaps you can convince your parents to be more aggressive. Demand a new doc and get some decent care. It sounds terrible.
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:25 AM
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Im guessing your state is just coming into the spike for the virus? Because here in Florida, you do not need a doctors script anymore to get tested.
that went out the door awhile ago.
You said he has a new doctor, Can you call the old doctor or one of his specialist doctors to see if they would write him a script for the test?
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Old 11-26-2020, 05:19 PM
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I would be finding a new doctor and taking dad to urgent care if you can't get an appointment right away. Don't let your dad ignore this.

A couple of years ago my dad was having some problems and went to wasn't able to see his regular doctor. He was treated but still having problems a week later. He went back and saw his regular doctor, he was sent to the hospital because he had a heart attack. NOT TO WORRY YOU, but please don't let this go.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:10 PM
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I agree that he needs a new doctor or a visit to Urgent Care! I hope they can get to the bottom of this soon and get him feeling better!

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