@casty Hi, I was just going to ask the same question as Amanda. You mentioned your mother was bedridden and I was wondering if the wound that is being treated is a pressure wound (bed sore)? Also, is your mom diabetic?
On Mayo Clinic Connect, we’re not medical professional and can’t diagnose health problems but we can draw on our experiences.
Your poor mom has gone through the ringer and is certainly having some serious health issues. I’m a bit confused by your mom’s reluctance to stay in her home state of Florida. Seeking treatment in another state might not produce any differing results and to travel somewhere else in poor health could be difficult for her. Florida a pretty large state with some good health care. It seems to me, your mom needs more immediate care if she’s dealing with wounds, an odor from that area, pain and very high blood pressure.
If this were my mom, I’d make an appt with a general practitioner/primary care doctor convenient to the area, so that she can be seen by one doctor who can coordinate her care with specialists. She may even need a short stay in a nursing home for monitoring.
You mentioned Mayo Clinic which might be an option for long term diagnosis and treatment, but she may need more immediate attention than waiting to schedule a consult with them.
Is there a larger city near you where you could make an appointment if she’s not comfortable with her local practitioners? You mentioned a recent CT scan showed a blockage in her lower left quadrant and that she needs an endoscopy. Did you mean a colonoscopy? An endoscopy is for the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine and not really in the lower quadrant. But whatever, if she has a blockage that really needs to be addressed quickly and could be the cause of some of her pain.
Certainly wishing your mom all the best. You’re a wonderful daughter to be so concerned and trying to find the best care for her. Lori.