Dear Annie: Last week, my stepfather called me to say that my 78-year-old mother came downstairs complaining that her “brain wasn't working right” and that she was dizzy. She sat at the table for an hour before getting herself breakfast and doing the crossword puzzle. Then she asked him the same crossword question three times in three minutes.
My husband said Mom may have had a stroke and that she should get to the emergency room. I suggested this to my stepfather, but he said he wasn't going to do that on a Saturday. So I called Mom's doctor, who said to bring her in to the hospital so they could see whether she'd had a stroke and, if so, monitor her blood pressure.