My mother is 88 years old. She is an insulin dependent -brittle diabetic. She has been living on 15% EF, for years. In 2007, she had a left ventricle repair, mitral valve repair and CABG.
Her cognition has been declining for years. It is getting worse by the day. My brother and I have our own healthcare issues and both suffer from anxiety. When it gets to be too much, and her memory is only repetitive nonsense, he and I wind up arguing with each other.
Years ago, I told her PCP her cognition was declining. He said she needed to see a neurologist, and referred her to one. But she refused to go!
My brother does not want to put her in assisted living, but I keep telling him it's just going to get worse and worse. I don't want to put her in one either, but I don't know how we are going to handle it. I don't know what else to do. I have a history of depression and the situation is making it worse.
My sister was here a couple of weeks ago. My mother said that she had jewelry in a baggie, in a drawer that was in the dining room, and that was gone. Nobody saw it - nobody moved it. She was suspicious of all of us. Finally, my sister found a baggie with jewelry, with my daughter's name on it, on our mother's end table. My mother then told my sister that wasn't it. But it was. Because she told me the baggie that was in the drawer had my daughter's name on it and had earrings in it. Then, when she looked in the bag my sister showed her, she said," no that has earrings in it. There was another bag here with only jewelry in it."
Now, two weeks later, I was cleaning out those drawers and she said, " I have a baggie of jewelry in there! Don't get rid of it." I had to remind her what happened two weeks ago.
I can't handle this anymore. I don't know what's going to happen.
My car ran over me a year ago and I am in such pain all the time. I also suffer PTSD. Plus, I just was diagnosed with diabetes myself. What am I supposed to do if he does not want to put her in assisted living and she does not want anybody coming to the house?
I have worked in ALF's and Memory Care, as a nurse, so I know how bad it's going to get. But my brother doesn't get it. He thinks we can handle it. He has no idea! But now that she's getting worse, maybe he gets it. Still, he promised her and my father, he would never put her in assisted living; etc. I don't want to do that either, but my life is passing me by and with my own health issues I really am worried about myself now and my own future and health, etc.
My mother can be very sweet, but stoic. At times now she says some pretty mean things. After my accident, she hardly came near me. When she did once, I was upset and crying in pain. I touched her arm and she screamed at me, "don't you touch me!" It's was awful. She was so nasty and mean. Her face was something I've never seen before in her. I was so hurt.
I try to walk away sometimes, but it's hard. Everyday I wake up, she immediately starts telling me things that need to be done or something she needs or something's broken etc etc. Even though I've said, and my brother and sister have told her, "let her wake up before you start throwing stuff at her. "She is so negative and everything is a complaint.
I love her so much, but at the same time, she's not the same person. Not the same mother. I have done all I can at this point.
I moved in with her in 1997, with my kids, after my brother committed suicide and my mother is the one found him - in her house. So, I have been there for her for all these years. I sacrificed my own life and happiness and what could have been.
Now, I'm not sure it was the right choice - for me. She has been so dependent on me and everything I do, around the house and do for her. If I could have predicted the future, I would have moved out a long time ago.
I am stuck. And...so.. so ..tired.
Dealing with dementia 24/7 is difficult. Especially, when it's family. It is not same as going to work.
Help me! Please!