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My mom is 87 years. She has diabetes 2, high blood pressure, cholesterol, over weight in 1995, depression in 2007 and dementia 2013. My father had committed suicide in 1991. I have 2 other sister, who helps me take care of mom throughout the years since pop died. My sisters and I have our different ways of helping mom to carry on with her life. Mom has these problems - hearing, she doesn’t want to wear her hearing aid; diabetes shoes, in-toe nail; she use to wear those stocking for her calve and ankle - blood flow issues; has glaucoma, use eye drops and additional pressure drop for just the left eye, had carats removed in 2011; had a bleeding ulcer in 2010, has upper/lower dentures; hair line crack at the end of her tail bone, has arthritis in both hand, knee; bladder; allergy. She takes medications. Mom lives in her home. I moved in with her 3 months ago, have been caring for her long distance for 13 years and 3 years( driving 4 hours one way). I set-up self in-care home, did all the legal paper works. I have dysfunctional family (5 kids - 2 older brother, 2 younger sister, I’m in the middle); mom is F.O.G., narcissistic mother. Mom and I are like oil/water. My siblings say that I am a rebel –bad seed – on on on. I try to stay away from my family to PROTECT myself from all the HURT!!! I have struggle through my life with depression; ex-husband after 20 years with his PTSD (no kids, 2 step kids); father pass away; injury on the job - had to deal with Workers’ Comp.(diagnose incorrectly for 10 years, getting wrong treatments) then diagnose as fibromyalgia that I have (19 years). I was lay off by that company. I try to get other jobs, no luck. I had to sell my home. I apply for Social Security disability and fight with them for 7 years, finally got it. I was homeless and did the best to survive. I have border line diabetes 2; cholesterol; high blood pressure; under active thyroid; depression. I took control of my life style and changed – got off 15 different medications - went holistic; exercise; eat right; yoga; meditation; deep breathing; EFT; finding myself and praying. I’m still here.
My older brother has angry management issues all his life. We all try to help, guide him. The last 2 years – I help him to find out what was wrong with him – diagnose as Dysthymic disorder, now he see a psychiatry and psychotherapy. He has a lot short term memory issues; OCD; autism. He has border line diabetes 2, high blood pressure, cholesterol. My sibling gave up on him (out sight – out mind). I’m his caregiver too.
Mom is mid dementia. Depend on what issues she may have, but doesn’t feel pain or UTI - felt no symptoms; ear infection –pulp in right ear - no feeling of fever, ear rakes; body temperature changes; can’t wear denture - hard to chew solid; can’t swallow pill; shuffle walk; very slow; lost interest in some hobbies; loosing things – try to help her find it; speaking softly; words not so clear; using words that don’t make sense; she doesn’t understand her ills; she’s in denial; her hand and feet shake sometimes; white films along the edge of pupil; not drinking even water; scalp itching, short term memory , agitation, anxiety, critical talking; back sit driver (even thou she never drove). All the blood is gathering all around her ankle, feet – I give massage, encourage to move around, exercise.
I’m afraid to leave her alone to shop of us (wandering) – mom doesn’t want outside people. I already ask my sisters to help – their reply: it’s OK to leave her…
She doesn’t want to go to see the various doctors to take care of her health; eating more junk food. Do I just let eat all those bad food, remind her of her diseases – concern about having a heart attack, stroke, dehydration or whatever else.
While I’m driving with mom – she takes off her seat belt… I pull off to the side. I would calmly, gently ask why – she can’t answer me. I don’t feel comfort.