My mom (in end-stage Alzheimers) tried to stab my 10 year old son.
I was in the bathroom and I heard him scream. Apparently, my mother was trying to cut an electrical cord to our cat's pet waterer (which was plugged in and active) with a pair of scissors--and my son was scared she would be electrocuted. He had the presence of mind to not touch her (for fear that HE would be electrocuted), but he tried "tapping" the scissors out of her hand. It was at this point that she began waving the scissors at him. I stepped between them and told my son to go to the other room. My mom began struggling to get past me (toward him), and threw the scissors toward his back. I have had some less-severe incidences in the past that have been physical, but this was terrifying. My children are now afraid to not only be around my mom, but to sleep!! I am single and have no help at all; my sister lives over an hour away, and had my mom for 2 years up until this past October. Every second of every day is a struggle and I am falling back into a severe depression. My children are miserable and don't like being here anymore. I panic when I have to go out to the grocery store or to take my son to baseball practice--evidentally, now I have to panic when I go to the bathroom!! I shake constantly--like a person shivering--because my nerves are so wound up. My doctor has advised me that I cannot handle this non-stop stress. I have only recently overcome a severe depression. I can't sleep--my mom is up 4-5 times a night for up to an hour and a half each time. I swear, I think I'm dying. I borrowed money from my mom years ago, which I am unable to pay back (ex hasn't paid alimony in almost 2 years)--and because of this, I feel obligated to keep my mom out of a nursing home. If we put her in one, what money she has now will be spent on her caregiving, and my sisters won't get "their share" of the savings. They are both extremely angry with me because of this, and one sister always threatens to "call the Police" on me. I'm at a loss--and seriously, I truly mean it when I say I am one hair away from either hurting myself or just losing it altogether. My relationship with my children is suffering as a result and everything seems to be falling apart. Can someone please help???