Is there anything I can do?
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|Sun, 04-13-2003 - 3:50pm|
He is 65 and has had many TIA's over the years and was told many times after seeing dr's and getting CT scans that he has clogged arteries in his neck and heart.
He also has had severe nosebleeds which led to hospitalization to stop the bleeding which required surgery. I beleive this was due to his high blood pressure and almost like a stroke? only the vessels that burst were in his nasal passages.
The trouble at the moment is that he is an alcoholic and when he drinks his right leg swells up 3 or 4 times normal at the ankle and foot and it gets so bad it breaks the skin and bleeds. When he sobered up a few times he's gone to the doctor who ordered all kinds of tests, he did get the CT scan, they found two black spots on his lungs and the clogged artiers. The Cardiologist referred him to get blood work done, which since October he refuses to do.
One day he was totally passed out and his leg was so awfully swollen I called the paramedics, but he refused treatment.
They say he can do that although advised him to seek medical care immediately.
My question is. Is there anything I can do to IMPLORE him to get the tests done. I've told him over and over and he simply refuses. He says he'd rather die from whatever it is then let a Dr cut him open (no one ever said that was the case I told him that it may just be a matter of taking a pill to lower his blood pressure) He just won't listen and I'm at my wits end.
Besides the question of Making him see a dr, I'm wondering what on earth it IS that causes the leg swelling and all and also what to expect.
I'm very worried and sorry for the lenght of this post, but I needed to ask and also to vent I guess.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.