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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Suegirl

40 hrs ago

     My Brother and I have been teasing each Other about who gets THE ANTIQUE DESK. He says he studied on that desk. I said I'm older and studied longer. MOM, threw her head back and cracked up.She said, neither one of you studied.
    
 

2ndBest

43 hrs ago

     Your story is hilarious tiredII...your mom must really be losing it!! I wonder why they get so nasty and accusatory of those around them? Must have to do with the brain degeneration. So much for the image of the "sweet little old lady"!! The funny thing is...why would she think you would even want her blood pressure pills?? Sorry but I just have to laugh!!
    
 

Oregongirl

7 days ago

     My Husband was dying. It was just myself, my daughter and her husband and the minister and his wife in the room at home. My husband had a broken back. He suddenly wanted to get up. The pastor told him he couldn't but my husband was determined. He got up all by himself (with a broken back). He lifted his hands into the air, and said God is GREAT and He is Beautiful!
    
 

kperez

May 12, 2015

     My mom has a peg tube for the last 3 months, and hasn't been speaking at all. This morning I heard her yell my name 4X, I woke up, and thought I was dreaming, I said "mom?" She then replied "I want to watch TV, wake up!!! what are u doing?" It was like a breath of fresh air! I couldn't believe it, she only talked for 2 hours and went back to being silent. Hopefully she talks again tomorrow.
    
 

Agfoley

May 8, 2015

     Due to my mom becoming increasingly withdrawn and ornery, I created a daily schedule for the day which includes art activities, exercise, meals, snacks, etc. It was worked wonders. I placed her schedule on a huge sticky note chart paper for visibility. The routine has help her and her provider. I feel like I'm organizing a day care center for kids! I even have a gold star reward system! Whew!
    
 

gladimhere

May 8, 2015

     Placement for Mom is soon. Tonight, for the 1,000th time at least she was wondering where her little girls are. I have decided to get very inventive to have tips for caring for Mom to assist caregivers at facility. Mom was very frantic.Told her that they were spending the night with childhood friends (names mom recognized) and will be back early morning; SUCCESS! HOOK, LINE AND SINKER!! :\
    
 

oldestof3

Apr 29, 2015

     Big to-do this weekend for Mom's 93rd birthday. She got to meet her 3 month old twin great grand daughters but complained her husband didn't make the celebration. Dad's been gone for 20+yrs. When asked how old she was she replied she wasn't sure but it was way over 100!
    
 

jujubeespmud

Apr 25, 2015

     In Sept '10, a month before passing my 82 yr old Dad was receiving in-home hospice care. One day I brought him a plastic cup of water and he got angry with me. He said he wanted a REAL glass of water. So I returned with a 16 oz GLASS filled with water. He said, "That's more like it!" I guess he was insulted that I brought him a plastic cup. I used a glass until the end.
    
 

Singingway

Apr 21, 2015

     Mother has had several nights in the last six weeks when we (nurse/hospice too) thought it was the end. Then she'd sit up in the morning and say, "what's for breakfast? Hurry up, I'm Hungry!" I felt like I was seeing Lazarus get up! She saw her husband and two grandmothers (that she is named for), and told us, "they've been waiting and waiting for me. I'll be going with them soon."
    
 

IloveMom

Apr 19, 2015

     It was Moms b-day so I brought dinner over for everyone in her small home. My daughter helped dish out the food. Mom has ALZ, and really doesnt know. I said Happy b-day mom, and daughter went to take a pic. Mom stared straight out and did this loud Belch. Daughter just laughed,,,not expecting that at all. Welcome to geriatrics, dear....Daughter is a great sort when she comes with me to visit
    

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