My Mother Pretends to Get Sick and I'm At The End of My Rope
I don't know what to do. Mother came to live with my husband and me following a stroke. She has always been self centered and thought the world revolved around her. I work full time and seems that almost every Friday she starts to "get sick". She is not really sick because if I threaten her with a visit to the doctor she recovers. My husband is just about at the end of his patience with her. He says he can deal with the stroke, he just can't deal wtih the behaviors. We have tried to get her to go to adult day care or try to do jigsaw puzzles etc to help fill her day, but all she wants to do is watch TV. We both feel like we no longer have a life. We went on vacation about a month ago and put my mother in Respite care. It was a total disater and we ended up coming home early. The sad part is that she does't seem to realize or care that we have given up a great part of our lives to care for her. Both my husband and I are about at the end of our rope mostly because of her behaviours. Just needed to vent.