I'm hoping someone can help me figure out if I need to be alarmed and rush my mum to the ER. Today when I was picking up my boys from her place (my parents had babysat the boys for a couple of hours today) my mum mentioned a "funny incident" that happened to her yesterday.
She said that she was in their kitchen and wanted to tell my dad that he should let the cat in (the cat goes out on a leash in their backyard). She said that she couldn't get the words out. She knew what she wanted to say but it just wouldn't come out. Following that she said she had a dull headache. She said she sat down for about 10 minutes and then it went away. She said that she was completely fine before and she seemed fine to me today. I asked her if she had any weakness at the time she couldn't speak and she said no.
Pertinent info: She is in her late 70s but I would describe her as a "young elderly" if you know what I mean. She has Type 2 diabetes that is controlled with diet and high blood pressure that is controlled with medication. I believe she is also on a cholesterol medication. My parents just returned from a month long cruise to the Pacific side of Central and South America (returning well before the events in Japan).
She didn't seem overly concerned about the incident and does conveniently have a doctor's appointment on Thursday and says she will mention it. I didn't want to alarm her by asking too many questions because she seems totally fine at the moment but I have to admit, I was alarmed by it.
Does anyone have any ideas about possibilities and whether I should take action sooner? I do have a couple of ideas in my head but want to get some opinions. My mum is prone to anxiety so I worry that getting her worked up would be more harmful than helpful.