Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Persistence Pervails!

I had persistently been visiting Dad's Doctor's office over the past two months hoping to speak with the Doctor about changing the cause of death on Dad's death certificate.  (Luckily for me, the office is within walking distance to my house.)  The Doctor finally called me about a month ago and I explained briefly over the phone what I was hoping for.  His answer was, "Well, I can't do that.  How do I know he died from Alzheimer's?"  And I responded, "I understand.  That is why I have compiled a folder of information that includes some medical records and a recent CT scan..."  He gave me the go-ahead to drop it off at his office.

Weeks went by and every time I stopped by, the office manager would shake her head.  The Doctor hadn't looked at the information yet.  In the meantime, I emailed the administrator, who happens to be his brother, urging him to put pressure on the Dr. to consider my request.  I never got a response.

A couple weeks went by, we were busy, and I kept forgetting to check in with the office.  Finally I went by on Friday, and there was good news!  He approved the change, but forgot to sign the actual paper so that it could be faxed to the mortuary.  We were in the home stretch, but I didn't want to celebrate yet.  Then, yesterday I got the call that everything was signed and that the fax was being sent.  It's sort of anti-climactic, but I know it was the right thing to do for my Dad and for the cause. 
I took a picture of the Doctor's corrections....
It will now say that he died of Cardiopulmonary Arrest but right under that (the underlying cause) will be Advanced Alzheimer's Dementia.  That should make him a statistic.