When we are caring for a parent that refuses to bathe, wash their hair, take medications, eat, drink, etc. How far can you go in providing their care or trying to make them do "what they are suppose to" before you just have to call it quits and let it go or it could turn into what might be construed as abuse?
My mother was diagnosed with pneumonia 6 days ago. She has antibiotics and yesterday was given an inhaler when we had to take her back to the hospital for fear that it was getting worse. She is to use it 4 times a day. She is refusing to use it, says I am a liar and she does not have pneumonia, she was never diagnosed with it, never went to the doctor or had an x ray or went to the hospital yesterday (even though I have provided the paperwork).
This morning and this evening were pure hell in getting her to use the inhaler. She will scream at you that she is NOT USING IT! Tonight when I was telling her to blow out all the air in her lungs, she basically spit in my face. I put the inhaler in her mouth and told her to breathe in as I shot a burst into her mouth. She slapped me.
In an instance such as this and many others that we deal with on a daily basis, when do you OR DO YOU.....just give up and walk away and say in your mind, okay if you die, you die, I cannot do this any longer.
I realized tonight that I cannot make her use the inhaler if she is going to fight me on it. This situation could have turned into a situation where anyone on the outside could have looked at what was going on and construed it to be abuse.
I became her caregiver to take care of her and protect her and because no one else would or could do it. I have two siblings that work and one lives with us. She cannot handle the situation, she has zero patience and as it is stays at work 4 hours past quitting time so she does not have to come home and be around to help. The other works 12 hour days and has two children and her husband is deceased.
I do not want to put her into a NH or a living facility but I cannot handle her constantly fighting me over everything. We put her on Remeron and Celexa and they worked so great to handle her. She developed headaches and was slowly removed from the Celexa and now I am living in HELL!!!
Her Gerontologist has said he does not want to put her back on any SSRI's like Celexa because she will probably have the same headaches or other problems. Instead he wants to put her on Anti-Psychotics that have what he calls a black box....as they can lead to stroke and heart attacks. I want him to try another SSRI and save the Anti-Psychotics for later if needed.
What do you all do when the person you are caring for REFUSES TO DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO or at least YOU are unable to get them to listen and acquiesce? I am just beside myself at this moment as it feels like I have failed or I am in the process of failing at this. I never want to be accused of abuse but i cannot get her to do what she is suppose to do either.
What do you do? Where do you draw the line? When do you give up? HELP!!!! I NEED WORDS OF WISDOM!!!