My sister in law is completely deaf and blind in one eye. Well over the weekend she started losing her sight in her one good eye. She lives alone and far away from family.
Anyway, she contacted her ophthalmologist office this morning for an appointment and they scheduled her for the 29th!!!
I called them on her behalf to try to get a sooner appointment. I mean what will she do if she’s completely deaf and completely blind?!?! She told me she told the dr all that and they still put her on for the 29th! I convinced them to send a message to the dr to get her in right away.
Update: She’s finally agreed to go to the ER but she’s super angry about it. The dr called her through the system with the interpreter and was all over her about going to the ER. He wouldn’t leave her alone until she agreed. So this is good news. I’m not good at being super hard on people like that. I did try really hard to convince her though
She’s in the hospital still. The MRI machine broke so they still don’t know what is wrong. They’re hoping it’s fixed by tomorrow to see what’s going on. For some reason, they also want to do a PET scan. I really hope it’s not cancer or stroke. But hopefully we know what’s going on soon
Is she having any improvement? Or is it getting worse? Or the same as when she went in? I’m just wondering. I hope the doctors can fix whatever is wrong. Being both deaf and completely blind doesn’t sound fun at all.
My grandma is blind. She went blind about 10 or 11 years ago. I think she has macular degeneration, but I am not sure.
Update: Today is day 3 in the hospital. They’ve been running lots of tests. Today, she had some kind of test that required a breathing tube. She doesn’t know the name of the test or what they were looking for so I’d say their communication with her is unacceptable.
She wasn’t allowed to eat or drink until this afternoon. They also did a brain MRI and a full body scan of some type.
They haven’t told her a diagnosis and they haven’t told her the possibilities.
She’s still got very blurry vision in her only eye. But it’s well enough that she can text me. So they should either be signing to her or writing things down so she’s informed. I’m very stressed about this
With the privacy laws in the US I can only talk to the providers with her written permission but she hasn’t done that for anyone in the family so we’re all at a loss and have no idea what’s going on. However, they do have me in her file as an emergency contact