See this lady? That's my mom. And for the past two months she's been under the weather.
(Photo taken aboard the ship on our Alaska cruise - it was glacier watching day and the deck was a bit cold!)
She was recuperating pretty well from her back surgery in September, then BAM, she had a fall, broke her thumb and started feeling pretty yucky. She was having balance problems, memory issues and a few other assorted symptoms. I was quite concerned, but after surgery, she was reluctant to go to the doctor. I finally talked her into seeing the doctor last month. Some blood work - which she also balked at having done - revealed that she had too much calcium in her system and it was causing all these symptoms.
She was taken off the previously prescribed calcium supplements and put on a mild diuretic and in about 24 hours she was on her way back to her old self. Today we had a follow up appointment with her doctor and a consultation with an endocrinologist who concurred that this was the cause of her problems. She'll have some more blood work to make sure that her calcium level falls back into the normal level and stays there.
Trust your instincts - encourage your parents to see the doc if you thinks something is up. I'm so glad I pestered and persisted. It was a problem that's been easily remedied and we all feel much better!