I am f/t caregiver to mom. My only sibling/brother has been awol (with a capital A) though my father's illness (he showed up for last call) and now my mom's since 2007. He's a bully married to a bigger bully (she's diagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder). Both highly educated but floundering financially due to continuous poor decisions, living beyond their means... not due to the economy.
Backstory: Mom is mild lifelong schizophrenic, I was her favored target as a child, my brother alway received the golden pass.
I take care of ALL my mom's personal care and finances. He skims money here and there, but not enough that the courts will remove him as trustee, yet. (I tried)
Mom is "thriving" 3 1/2 years beyond her 6 month prognosis and I am readying to move her to an OMG marvelous board & care home, where I believe she will blossom.
Problem is I am S-T-U-C-K about contacting my bro for some signatures on legal docs. I have avoided him completely the last few years (not hard, as my problems are his solutions), but I have to email/mail him these docs.
In the past when I needed him for things like this, he devolves weirdly somehow into verbal abuse, calls me a loser, not a professional like him (he was fired from his high paying great job as his wife controls his work life...). they both move every 2-3 years after they have burned every social & professional bridge in town.
What I know:
I am doing an amazing job caring for my mom.
I am a good, albeit imperfect, honest and loyal friend and family member.
I am validated by of every one of my mom's medical care team.
I am validated by her fantastic day care providers.
I am not a martyr. I exercise, eat well, go to caregiver support, bereavement counseling.
I am lucky to have a completely supportive husband.
I am being the person my parents raised me to be.
I feel it a privilege that I have been able to shepherd my parents through their last chapter of life.
What I do NOT know:
Inspite of all of the above, why am I so paralyzed about contacting my brother.
Why am i able to deftly handle most any other bully to the point I can put it on a resume... (I am fortunate to possess a fearless capacity for conflict resolution)...
...BUT JUST NOT HERE. NOW. WITH MY BROTHER.
I am grateful for any collective wisdom from this community~
daughter of chris (two strokes, vascular dementia, global aphasia, mild lifelong schizophrenia)