Nurse Rhonda from the Halifax Hospital Psychiatric Unit called me again to ask about administering Namenda. She said it was prescribed by Dr. Mandeep Garewal; this is the first time I was informed of this doctor’s involvement in mom’s care at all.
She told me that Dr. Garewal is the one who ordered the EEG and MRI on January 20, 2012; she said he is doing tests to see if he can determine why she is presenting with dementia. Rhonda said Dr. Caliendo and Dr. Garewal are both consulting on her case.
Rhonda said mom is still taking Aricept, so she’ll be taking Aricept and Namenda at the same time. She repeated what Connie Wade told me about Aricept being used to treat dementia. She said that mom is “constantly wandering” and taking food from other patients’ trays.
Nurse Rhonda told me that mom’s current prescriptions are:
- Namenda 5mg at 9 AM and 9 PM
- Aricept 10mg at 9 AM
- Wellbutrin 150mg at 9 AM
- Lopressa 25mg at 9 AM and 9 PM (for high blood pressure)
- Microzide 125mg at 9 AM (for hypertension)
- Prinivil 10mg at 9 AM and 9 PM (for high blood pressure)
Rhonda said that the Wellbutrin was started on January 20th, the day she was admitted to Halifax.