Apr 18, 2008
My mother in law is in denial about the seriousness of her health. She is 76 yrs old and a reformed smoker (after smoking for 40 years). She has had emphysema for many years and has recently had a worsening of symptoms (i.e. difficulty breathing, heart palpatations, limb edema) espcially with any activity. She had an echiocardiogram done in the office of her respiratory physician. She denies that she has gotten any results back from the doctor and it has been 3 weeks since the test. The doctor has prescribed steroids, and she says they are not helping with her difficulty in breathing. She refuses to call the doctor to check on results of the ECG. I am frustrated because I am the one who takes her to the doctor visits, accompanied her to the emergency room and she doesn't help herself. She also sees an oncologist for anemia, nephrologist, cardiologist, and GP. However, according to her there is nothing wrong with her except for asthma. She takes many medications, including meds for Type II daibetes, yet says she has never been told by her doctor that she has diabetes. She still says that the respiratory doctor tells her she has asthma, even after he told me in front of her that she has emphysema. How do you deal with someone that won't admit to the seriousness of her condition?