Nurse Brian called from the Halifax Hospital Psychiatric Unit because mom was apparently acting really crazy. He said they had to move her to another unit because she was making all the other patients anxious — grabbing at them, going into their rooms, etc.

He wanted to get my permission to give mom Haldol “as needed” for anxiety and start her on a twice-daily regimen of Zyprexa. I agreed, but said I really wished they’d simply call me and let me try to talk to her before giving her more drugs.

The call lasted just about thirty-five minutes.