Is this normal dementia behavior?
Call me sensitive, and I know it's probably futile to get frustrated with my Dad, but AAAARGH!!!!!
I've learned to tolerate the mindless chatter and constant repetitions, but it irks me to no end to hear Daddy demean other elderly people...that he's in the same boat as.
If someone in the AL breaks a hip, they're clumsy
EVERY resident is elderly
Dementia patients (like himself) are dumb and annoying
He NEVER seems to have a good day. He gets stuck on whatever negativity he chooses (usually complaining about the children he abandoned and how they were a complete waste of a **** fill in the blank) - repetitiously
Oh yeah, and EVERY woman WANTS him and his money. If a woman smiles and says hello, they want him.
I'm not even going to get into how he tries to determine a person's ethnicity and relate to them (Seriously, he was trying to speak Spanish to his Middle Eastern doctor. He calls a very tan white nurse Mexican (as if they're aren't a multitude of Latin American countries that speak Spanish besides Mexico)
...and if you're an ounce over 125 (his current peak fighting weight), you're FAT, and he will tell you. I hear it EVERY day.
It's not only frustrating, it's EMBARRASSING!! I just reported a nurse for racist comments, and Dad isn't much better. Isn't that a little hypocritical?!?!
I dunno. I think I just need a break. The last weekend I took off my second job was for Dad's birthday. I have not had a "Dad free" day since the great "Family" meltdown in February.
I just get so tired of doing this by myself, and I can't afford respite care.
OK...VENT OVER... I think...