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07 Aug 2008

Day Snoozing
Our elderly mother (81) constantly falls asleep during the day even while conversation is taking place. She refuses point blank to see a doctor and we don' t know if the cause is a lack of oxygen to the brain or something else. Maybe this is normal in people of her age.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Patty
It could be that she suffers from a sleep disorder called narcolepsy where patients suffer from extreme daytime sleepiness. Lack of oxygen would cause faints/loss of consciousness not sleeping spells. At her age one would not want to give any unnecessary medication and the available medicine for narcolepsy is not very effective anyway. Is this causing severe disruption for her?
Dr Bets
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