Elderly mom living with me
My husband passed 3 years ago. Mom lived with us then. I have never been alone. She has always been a hermit type of person, but now does absolutely nothing. She is 92 and extremely physically fit. Goes for a 5 minute walk every day. But she doesn't socialize and doesn't talk unless she is answering a question. I stopped pushing going out a year ago. She has her own in-law suite in my home, which is a blessing as at least I have my own space separate from hers. I go from MA to MD once a month for a week to see my grandchildren. One son lives close by and checks on her. I leave her meals in the fridge and freezer. I have close neighbors who also check in. It is my only respite, as my only brother lives out of state and could care less. She tells my son when I'm gone those weeks, she is afraid i will die in a car accident and then who will take care of her. My reaction to all of this is anger, then daughter-guilt, then anger again. There are many times I wish I hadn't had her move in. I miss the days when I would visit, take her shopping, to lunch, sit and have a cup of tea...and then go home to my space. I am just feeling sorry for myself. I understand that this age means self-centered is part of their thoughts, just as it was as a small child. I already told my kids that 20 years from now I am selling the house and moving into asst care. I would never put them thru this. Now I have a love interest and feel so wonderful as I thought that part of my heart died with my husband. My mother's response "oh, that's nice." nothing else. Then she tells my son that she is afraid I will abandon her. Her Christmas card this year read "thank you for being here for me." Not "I love you and so happy that you are my daughter" as from all other years. There are times that I think dark thoughts of how different my world would be if she passed on. Then the daughter guilt sets in again and I feel like a bad person. Thanks for letting me vent.