Does anyone have any advice in dealing with a selfish, hateful and demanding mother?
About 2 months ago my mother said she was really weak and falling alot. she called me all the time and i would have to drive in, sometimes in the middle of the night, and then she seemed to get ok really quick after i got there. it got so bad that one night i was laying in bed and sick at midnight (she knew i was sick) she called me to move some things from one freezer in her garage to another that was also in the garage. she said one freezer went out...she told me she was too weak to do it so i drove over. it was 4 items. not even heavy, like tv dinners. took me about 1 minute to do and then i drove back home. after that it became more and more of the same. she had fallen and i had to rush over. it was costing me gas and stress..alot of stress!
so one night she said she fell so i ran over. it appearred that she had because the shower curtain was torn down and a couple things knocked over in the bathroom but when i got here she was back in her room in her chair.
My dad passed away in 2010. he had a fall and had 3 brain hemorrages. he was in a coma for 7 days before he passed. i promised him i would take care of mom when he was lying there. i feel like honoring that is something i need to do.
so, she finally got so bad that she asked if i would move in with her. so i did. i sold everything i had, gave up my place and moved in with my mom, who i thought was very febile and weak and in very bad shape...well, she acted weak until i got moved in...now she seems fine, however, im expected to do everything.
i work from home and am one of three siblings. my 2 other siblings live out of state so it was inevitable that it would be me facing this alone. by the way...my brother has not been back home to visit in 20 years yet he is the golden child and her favorite. thats ver obvious to everyone. he calls her and yells at her for money. she gives it to him. he makes her cry...she makes excuses for him and treats me like crap. yet i am still here. still doing what i need to do and being nice and polite to her.
at first she seemed grateful but not anymore. i can do nothing right, its never enough and it is constant wants. even little things. she could be doing everything for herself yet she sits in her room watching tv barking demands.
i have an older daughter that i share custody with my ex. my mom recently told me that she didnt want any of my kids over. (they are in their 20s) and the one i share custody with is 17.
she isnt a bad kid at all. my mother said since she didnt like my ex that that had alot to do with it ..ok, she now says she can come over during the day but not at night.
she brings up stupid stuff i did when i was 16 and tries to make me feel bad. (just stupid teenage stuff, i didnt do drugs or anything).
so the other day i had enough. i sat her down to tell her how she was being and how it was hurting me...all she did was get mad. i was not being mean to her, just firm that she was not treating me fair. i failed to mention that i am a 49 year old woman and she is 82. she does not have dementia or any health issues. she has always been this way but wow is it getting worse! only she acted so sweet and pitiful when she wanted me to move in and help her...that changed rather quickly.
so now she acts like she has been done so wrong because for once i stood up for myself. she pouts and acts like she has been done so wrong!
she has even pulled the 'my house, my rules card on me now. this mainly had to do with my daughter visiting.
what the heck is going on here! i am so totally confused. why would she do this to the one child and ONLY person who she has to help her.
i am now here...unhappy! and feeling stuck! and im very confused!
she would never ever admit she has done wrong. she always plays the victim. if i try to say anything at all about my needs or feelings she pulls the age card and usually runs to her room in tears saying she is old and she just cant listen to me...(i have only had a serious talk with her recently and she did this, but also does this when i say anything at all that she doesnt like. even little things like i dont agree with not putting the silverware in the dishwasher.
i swear, i dont know how to deal with this! you can not reason with her, she is always right in her own eyes and demanding and so selfish.
all i can ever think is, this is not what i signed up for!