HELP!!! Mom found a way to blast through one of my carefully constructed barriers!

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My mother has been complaining that I do not spend enough time with her. I explained to her that I have to work and that taking her to medical appointments are a priority. Me and my big mouth! Now she has decided to make her health and well being a priority and setting up all kinds of preventative care appointments. She is even talking about getting cataract surgery she previously decided not to have. Her agenda-getting me to spend more time with her using healthcare as a motive. I never meant not seeing her unless she has a medical appointment, only that was more of a priority. re all elderly mothers this cunning? I am ready to blast off in a spaceship to pluto!

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She wants to be independent - let her. Call her bluff. Don't keep reacting the way she wants you to by manipulating you. It's not cruel. Manipulation is cruel.
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Thank you everyone for coming to my defense. It is obvious terrim has some psychological issues in her constant need to protect the elderly from their horrible children. Someone who goes around making themselves a matyr is passionate about what they believe in, but short sighted with reality. I pity her. She has this obsessive need to let others know how wonderful of a person she is because of her devotion to her elderly relatives. Don't be too hard on her. It is obvious she needs to be able to feel good about herself and this is her way of doing.
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terrim, last Mother's Day my sister and I spent the day with her with plans to take her out for dinner to her special place. How did that day go, she started yelling and screaming at my sister over something so unimportant. My sister said nothing, but I could see how hurt she was. Take her to do dinner and she ended up drinking her dinner and barely touching her food that I paid for. She was so drunk and under the influence of Ativan (found out later about that) that she almost passed out at the cemetery where we took her to visit her mother's grave. She was so grateful to us at what a wonderful mother's day we gave her.
I gave up spending the day with my children to give her an enjoyable one and for what? Listening to her ranting and ravings, putting up with her drunken stupor, wasting money on a meal paid by me. She paid for her own drinks. My mother has spent her life ranting and raving and whining and crying when things do not go her way. She is also a lush and drinks every night. She has a high sense of entitlement and is extremely needy and codependent. Thank god she does not live with me and never will. To me that is not the kind of love I need. Yes one day she will be gone and no I will not miss her. You don't miss what you never had, a loving and caring mother. I also will never put my own children through what my mother has put me through, I love them too much. You are have a wonderful relationship with your mom which is well known on this site since you go post to post making the same repetitive comments. That is ok, you seem to be a crusader for the elderly. You have commented the same things on some of my other posts. Your comments no longer affect me. You bear no credibility in your contributions on this site because of your constant need to tell others the same thing over and over. So keep patting yourself on the back on how wonderful you are while telling others they shouldn't feel negatively towards their elderly parents.
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I think terrim doesn't have a clue, doesn't want a clue and isn't ever getting a clue!! She just wants to shove her way of thinking down throats of people who don't agree with her. The vast majority of posters here respect others whose ideas do not mesh with theirs. But not her. She needs to get on board with how others feel, show some respect or close her trap. She can say what she wants to say in a respectful, nonjudgmental manner. Maybe looking up the word "decorum" might help.
After reading her responses, I'm leaning towards the idea she is doing this on purpose to offend and insult others. I can picture her now. What a joke!
This upcoming Mothers' Day will be My day. I will not visit my mother's grave. I do not have fond memories of B during my childhood. I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of the dove of peace as a reminder of how free my I feel from a lifetime of being verbally abused and rejected.
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terrim -if you will read other threads by debralee, you will see some pretty graphic descriptions of her mother's behaviour throughout her life, and most importantly when she was a child. If you call that love... you have as twisted a sense of love as her mother has. What is obvious is that Debralee's mother has some very serious emotional issues and has been incapable of acting in a loving manner towards her daughter. Debralee is simply protecting herself. It is unfortunate that her mother was not there to protect her from abuse when D. a child, and that her mother chooses to perpetuate her self centered narcissistic behaviour now. Please inform yourself about the poster before passing judgement.
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Terrim......obviously, you have no issues with caregiving, and I applaud you for being a super terrific daughter. Here is a pat on the head. So, you may leave now. Goodbye.
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Terrim, Do you have a clue about how psychological manipulation effects people, or is it just your passive aggressive nature? You are very annoying in the way you continue to antagonize certain people here. You are fortunate to be hiding behind your computer. I Shoved my sister out of my house 2 years ago for doing something similar and I haven't seen her sorry ass since.
I for one wish you would just shut your mouth if you refuse to show compassion to those who have been emotionally abused by their Mothers. Just SHUT UP.
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It's sad that she feels she needs to go to the doctor all the time just to get to see you and spend time with you. Obviously she loves you. One day she'll be gone and you'd give anything in the world to have an appointment to drive her too. As for some of the advice here, how would you feel if you were her and your child had little time for you? Be glad you still have her. One day she will die and you won't have a mom anymore. Think of that this coming Mother's Day.
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(((((((debralee)))))). I understand the pressure of having your mother work on breaking down every boundary you set. Mine is very creative in doing that too. I had 10 emails in the past two days about unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account and she needs my help. I suggested that it may be wise to put me on her account, so I have access to her banking information and also suggested she contact her financial advisor, or his assistant ( in her city). Then she told me that they already know about it and will deal with it. My conclusion is that she wants attention - and we know that is a characteristic of narcissists. In fact, it is their main driving force.
Only you can decide how available you can, or want to, be, Your mother can't decide that. As you know, she will suck up every ounce of your time and energy that she can - that you allow her to. I have found it very draining to be continually mending and resetting my boundaries. So I have found it necessary to take periodic breaks from mother - times of no contact. These help to reinforce the boundaries I have set. I simply say that I need time away from the demands of others for my own health issues (which can be physical or emotional - both are equally valid) and cut contact for a while. I know my mother has at least adequate resources to look after her needs.
As far as transporting your mother to appointments, yes, she is using that to get your time and attention. You do not have to take her to all of them. You can limit your availability to whatever you want to - once a week, once a month, for example. If you want to be helpful, you could give her a list of alternate means of transportation when you are not available, but from what you have said, she is quite capable of finding these out for herself.
Again, it is up to you. I find the "no contact" breaks help. I can focus on other things without the continual pressure from mother, which is discouraging and stressful.
Good luck in finding a balance that works for you. As you know nothing will ever be enough for her. ((((((((hugs)))))))
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Trying to find ways to to convince my mother to try and be more self sufficient instead of acting like the helpless invalid that she is not. When my mother wants somthing and cannot find someone to do it for her she moves heaven and earth to get it, but if she can find someone to cater too her needs, she becomes the helpless cripple. Yes she has COPD and some mobility issues, but she prefers to take the easiest course of action, except when it comes to hiring some in home care. Her pulmonologist recommended walking exercises so she gets a rolling walker so it can gather dust. She would rather use the medical facilites wheelchairs to be carted around in than trying to walk with her rolling walker. If she can zip through a grocery store like a speed demon with a shopping cart she has the capability to utilize the walker. Her desire to make life easier for herself makes it more difficult for me. No matter how many barriers I construct she manages a way around it. For someone who acts so needy and helpless, she sure knows how to outsmart anything that gets in her way to what she wants.
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