Caregiver Stories

Unexpected moments are common in caregiving, whether humorous, inspiring or embarrassing they happen to all caregivers. Caregiver Stories is a place to share your stories and read other caregivers’ stories.

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39 hrs ago

     My mother is constantly going in the refrigerator ......five times in a half hour and I ask her what she is looking for and she says she is just looking! I make her great food and she will only eat potato chips, pickels, and bolognie. I took the pop away from her months ago. A friend said dont stop her let her eat the stuff.I can't lock the fridge but it sure gets on my nerves. Any advice?


Mar 11, 2015

     My Mother is 74 and was diagnosed 2yrs ago with Alz. I just moved in a bout a week ago to help and it was ok for about 5 days and then she caught me cleaning. God forbid I remove the piles of dirt or cook food. Its been rapidly progressing over the last 9 mo and evil mom has been rearing her ugly head. I love her but not her Sybil qualities. I have a lot to learn and am taking a moment a time.


Mar 7, 2015

     Early this morning I awoke to a strange noise. At first I thought it was snow sliding of the roof, then realized it was coming from the bathroom. It sounded like water dripping? I jumped out of bed and found my mom sitting on the pot! This is a woman who doesn't even turn over in bed on her own, although I have worked hard to keep her able to use her walker with assistance. WTH?


Feb 16, 2015

     Mom was next to the baby in a family of 10. She must have got attention from being sick or Pity Parties. Her facial expression is usually sad with eyebrows pointed upward. We were talking on phone with my husband ( they adore each other).i told him about her eye brows. He said ( on speaker phone.Well get some eye brow pencile and draw them on happier.


Feb 15, 2015

     Mine's just too long to get into here. Suffice to say my mother's 93 & her always negative personality traits are no longer in check. I'm unappreciated, abused, criticized & crapped on. I'm it. No one else. I'm 2 hours away & get 5-10 phone calls a day with demands & take care of everything. I'm sick & tired of website advice to be patient, take a walk etc. Nothing works because it's relentless.


Feb 14, 2015

     Mom is 83, diabetic, depends, walker etc. Dad is 84, mild to moderate dementia but still driving. (For now) I am 60' last living child and 600 miles away. I have been making regular trips and caregiving for weeks at a time. I just retired so I am able to deal with all the issues and needs from home. Thank god my parents gave me a very broad POA a few years ago. It would be impossible now .


Feb 12, 2015

     Mama used the last of the toothpicks when she was here before. After lunch Tuesday, she did not ask for one as she usually does. Somewhere deep within her dementia, she remembered we were out of toothpicks. Just before bed last night, she told me to have someone buy some today. It was another one of those strange moments with Mama’s dementia. She has perfect teeth, all her own.


Feb 8, 2015

     My oldest sister hasn't seen mom in 2 years, even though she lives less than an hour away. We stopped by to saw hi while passing through her town. She knew our sister, mom's POA, wouldn't pay for things mom needed. She said she'd love to help, but that she forgot her checkbook. I laughed and said no, you forgot that you were at home. She's a famous celebrity, so she can get away with it, I guess.


Feb 7, 2015

     At about 12:30 am one night mother came out of her room into the kitchen where my wife was sitting reading and sipping her tea. "Mother, what are you doing up?" "You told me to get and feed Ginger," our dog. "Mother, she was fed hrs ago, I never called you." She has not fed animals in over 5 yrs and we were amazed she remembered Ginger's name. Yes she hears voices. Another amusing moment.


Feb 6, 2015

     From denial to resentment to mourning to acceptance -- within the scope of a week, my mother over the past couple of weeks has evolved tremendously in how she is dealing with my dad's dementia. When she first began to realize that a move to ALF was imminent, she fought it, and hard. Then she got angry. Then she cried, for days. Today, for the first time, she actually shared her fears about my dad.

Ashburn, VA

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