I've been the primary care taker for both my parents. Mom has alzheimer's dad had cancer. Dad passed away this March He was so stubborn! He never got treatment for it, never told anyone. A few years ago when mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he moved her from a tiny town in Oregon to a somewhat bigger town closer to even bigger towns (LOL) and within 20 miles of my two brothers. Anyway, I think even back then he had plans on me (the only daughter and youngest of 3 brothers) moving here to take care of my mom. Why not. I was divorced so I was more expendable. For 6 months I watched my father deteriorate, I fixed every thing under the sun that he used to eat, it was never good enough for him. Wait, I'm not going to say bad things about him, he had been dealing with my mom for 2 years alone, he was entitled to be crabby!...so yeah, for 6 months I watched, begging him to let me take him to a Dr. No, he just wanted out of here. I came home once and he was laying in the middle of the kitchen floor, he'd fallen. I was never able to leave him alone again. 2 months before he passed, he started having seizures, at first I thought he was having a stroke, but it wasn't that, I think it was his blood sugar and not eating ...he was living on the Ensure I forced him to drink. Like I said, he was a proud yet stubborn man and the day he had me help him of the toilet I knew he wasn't going to stay much longer. He went on to have 3 more seizures and finally the ER said it was kidney cancer. He wanted to come home and die. 2 days after Hospice started, he did just that, peacefully in his sleep. I was sleeping with him by that time so I was able to get my brothers over here before his final breathes.
Now I am here dealing with my mother. She's starting to get to the cranky/threatening suicide/jump out of car/ stages...She takes the Excelon patch, tiny dose of resperidone and tiny dose of Citaprolam. She wakes me up 3 or more times a night wondering if I'm here, Yes mom, please go back to bed....there isn't much she can do during the day, yes she folds towels, I then take them saying I'm putting them away and refold them. Yes, she does dishes, I then put them in the dishwasher...she refuses any sort of adult day care (gonna try again soon) she dotes on my dogs like they are babies. Drags them around saying they're scared or will get hurt ( i think she's saying how she feels) I am in the shower and it's "Are you in there" Yes mom.... lately though, it's been getting so much worse, she's been saying such mean things it's getting to me. Things like I will be happy when she's gone so I can have the house or the money. WHAT MONEY? Yes, she gets a decent pension from my father and also SS but hey, when she's gone it's gone...I can't go anywhere because she doesn't want to leave the babies for that long...I am so frustrated but I feel so bad for her. My brothers are zero help to me. They live 20 minutes away yet I've seen them 3 times in 5 months. At times I think I should just sell this house and move back to FL where my son is, my friends are and my job is. I can easily have someone come in for home care and go back to work and get a life...but then I'm scared of what my brothers will think if I do that. I am only 49 and I can't see doing this here alone for a number of years...I want to go out on dates, have a male friend. I feel like I have too many problems to even start that...I think I am feeling a bit resentful that I left my home of 15 years, my son, job and friends and came here to help my parents thinking my brothers would be around and they aren't. It is too overwhelming for me at times. Mom qualified for a total of 6 hours a month of respite care. Really???? Medicare doesn't seem to pay for much and she doesn't have enough income to really afford much in home care either. I feel stuck. I know it is not my moms fault and I truly understand her frustration at things. Especially her frustration at me because I do everything here, from inside out and she can't do it, so she thinks I'm a "know it all" and can do everything. Sighhh Is it possible to have a life while being the primary care taker?? Wait, to make matters worse, I am a year into menopause and between her and my hot flashes/night sweats/no sleep I am about to BLOW UP! thanks for listening to my whine...I know I am not the only one feeling this way on this site or the only one with problems. I just want to do the right thing for her and still have a somewhat healthy happy life.