Dumbest Reasons your relatives can't provide respite care...

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I just got this email response from my brother today. You would think he PLAYED football but nope, just a spectator...

"Due to the start of football season, we are unable to cover Sat./ Sun. 9-11or 9-12 or Sat/Sun 9-l8 or 9-l9"

I use the couple of hours off to go buy groceries! I had to laugh or I would be crying. What stupid excuses have you gotten?

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Wow, here I was thinking only I had the most selfish, inconsiderate siblings who are all "too busy" "too broke" or "too whatEVER" to help. I wish I could say it makes me feel better that I'm not alone, but I actually feel even more disheartened that so many of us face these same issues. All I have to do to make sure none of my sibs speak to me is ask them directly for help with mom. I've had dead silence from one for 2 years and another for 2 months. God bless all of you who do what needs to be done and may you have the strength to deal with the stress that is ever present when you have to go it alone.
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My parents were great at making us all feel special. I f they had a favorite, they wouldn't ever show it. I think they were both ignored and used as
children. But mom still is on her best behavior if one of them visits. I get all the crap because I am with her all the time. They get all the good that she has left. Just the nature of the beast!
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My sister calls mom every other Sunday night, talks at least an hour. The conversation is 95% about sis' life/job/grandkid. I was there one Sunday night to witness this. Mom got off the phone all smiling and beaming but she knew better than to give details because of how I feel about sis not helping out. Then mom looks at me and said it's time for my bedtime snack, go make me a peanut butter sandwich and throw the trash out while you're out it. sigh!
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Yeah, I'm not sure which is worse - them giving a dumb excuse or just not communicating at all so they don't have to use the energy to come up with an excuse. But I get the same thing with my dad - I'm here day after day but if my brother drops by or my sister calls, it's like God himself paid him a visit. Wow - so good of them to spare a few of their precious minutes is what I would like to say. He gets such a smile on his face - it just breaks my heart. Sometimes I feel like Cinderella but no fairy godmother yet. I'll keep looking for those glass slippers.
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I think we should use JulieQ's term: "Selfish Turds" seems to reflect what many here are surrounded by or Not surrounded by, really. As for dumbest excuses, I wonder if maybe some don't offer any at all, they just figure she has got it, glad it is not me and remove themselves form all obligation and awareness of the care-giving issues?
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This stuff is un-real I swear. If only it wasn't real. I am watching another generation doing the exact same things. Some are intelligent well educated people as Crowe says and some are not but there are all re-creating family systems they either were not aware of, or desperately tried to avoid. X brother has four kids in a blended family and the child he and second wife had four years ago is The Golden Child, they talk about this kid like he is an angel on earth, the other kids are the screw up, the needy one with Asbergers Syndrome and the oldest girl who is almost a non-entity. I have friend who openly prefers her son to her girls and one girl she didn't like even when she was just born! You could hear it, it is so strange and pathetic and SAD. Wonder what this will be like when we are 80? Just the same...just the same...
I wonder, is anyone here doing care giving the favorite child? Or does it not work that way? My mom loves her son far more than me and if he so much as sends her an Email she gets excited like a lover has called , it is sick. Where as I am just here, a thousand kind of disappointments....
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How about this! When Mom was in the NH for rehab last year, one of my brothers and his wife visited her twice in 4 weeks. They got to know her room mate who's brother lived across the street from us when we were kids. Next thing we know, my brother and his wife had been her savior. She gave up her home to move in with her son in Penn, and my brother took all of her furniture, including a new expensive mattress. They couldn't visit Mom after the first 2 weeks, but cleaned this lady out. I was never so embarrassed in my life!
I have 6 siblings all of who live nearby with the exception of my oldest sister. She comes for 3 weeks in the summer to help me out, and spends lots of $ to help Mom out. She bought me an infrared camera for her bedroom this year, and now I can watch Mom at night, on my laptop. She spends more time with Mom in those 3 weeks, than the rest who live close.
When I finally decided to give up on getting any help from them, I had a whole lot less stress. They are not worth the time I was putting into getting angry with them.
And 3 of us have already decided that when Mom passes, we are not having any services. So if any of the others plan on putting on a show, they can forget it, just like Mom has forgotten who they are! I'm done trying to get them involved. They'll have to live with their guilt when she is gone! It is a hard lesson for all of us to learn, but once we do, it brings some peace.
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And as much as it hurts us, imagine how it must hurt our parents to realize that some of their own kids don't have time for them. That's just as hard to watch as it is to do it all on your own. I can't imagine how my dad must feel when my brother doesn't stop by or call for months. My sister now sees him usually once a week, only because I kept asking her to get him dinner one night on the weekend so I could have dinner with the b/f. Otherwise, he doesn't see or hear from her either. And she never calls to confirm dinner until that day so I'm never sure she'll even follow through. It's not unusual for her to go out of town and not let me know she'll be gone. My aunt, my dad's sister, understands my struggle. She cared for her MIL for several years and finally had to put her in a home. She was something like 95 at that time and lived for another year and a half. By that time, she didn't know where she was or who anybody was so my aunt felt ok with the decision. My aunt now would come anytime I ask but she's in her 70's and certainly deserves to not be providing care to her brother, especially when he has 3 perfectly healthy kids that should ALL be stepping up to the plate. OK, sorry, guess I'm still bitter. I'll stop complaining.
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Your right, Kuli .. & my spelling is embarrassing.
My brothers are kind hearted - but don't have a clue..... Think they do.
Not one of them has helped with Dad's care.

Realy hurts
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Who says they are either "well meaning" or naive? Then again, I wouldn't want to be so selfish and self absorbed. Think of how much you would miss out on! Like this site and meeting all of the kindred souls here .......
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