Long post I'm sorry. :( Hoping someone has some advice for me. I recently moved in with my great grandmother to help with her care. She has COPD, and can no longer make her own food/coffee, bathe, or other strenuous activities. She lived alone and 6 of my family members were taking turns with am/pm duties. Breakfast dinner dishes cleaning meds etc. I really wanted to help everyone out and offered to visit, stay at grandmas, and give everyone a break.
I decided I might want to stay in town to go back to school so it turned into maybe I can be grandmas live in care giver and go to school as well. (The closest CC in my town is a 1.5 hour drive) I had been working as a caregiver and always told myself when the time comes I would love to be there for my family when they need me. I thought I was good at this. Lol. I had my concerns before I made a decision and asked my mother (who does A LOT for my Great Grandma) if she thought it was a good idea and that I was afraid my GG might not be very nice to me, she has a reputation of being feisty. My mom assured me everything would be fine. She had talked to my Great Aunt who thought it was an awesome idea as well and I could even bring my dog! Yay! looking good!
Fast forward 1 month and here we are. It's a late Wednesday night. I moved on Sunday. THREE DAYS! I want to pull my hair out! I want to go back to my comfy town! I want to pack my things and go! my gosh my Great Grandmother is NOT NICE. after I get here and experience the wrath everyone admits "yeah she's mean" "oh she always makes people cry". Wait... didn't I ask that BEFORE I moved away from my home?! I was so excited. I was a caregiver before I moved and always said I would do it for my family when they needed. But this feels really bad. And it's not like she just became mean. She's always been abrasive but it is worse now. I'm not used to being treated poorly, especially for the people I care for. She demands and talks to me like I'm stupid, like I do everything wrong. Now, I know it's only been three days, and we are working on it. But she expects me to just know what she wants. I told her " Grandma it takes time to start adjusting and anticipating needs" but she wants it NOW! And if I get it wrong she talks to me like some kind of small minded human who doesn't know how to do a darn thing. She questions everything I do like it's a puzzle for me to find the right answer. And of course I'm always wrong.
It doesn't help that I am a very sensitive person. And some may think that sensitive people have no place caring for aging or ill people who can sometimes behave in undesirable ways, (I've heard it) but I believe my type of personality helps as I have a lot empathy that lends a soft and compassionate side to those I've cared for. Everyone's different, but the last person I cared for always said she loved that I was very caring and patient with her. I gave her time to decide on and figure out whatever she needed to do for the day, and while that was my hardest job, its a cake walk compared to my own Great Grandma!
Back to the situation. I know how important it is to find the right match for a caregiver. My grandma who was a caregiver as well always told me, "if its not a good match say no!" "You'll burn yourself out to quickly" "You'll know if it's a bad match" Well, I know it's a bad match with my Great Grandmother but she's FAMILY. Would that advice even matter when it's family? My mother and great aunt are trying to make it work for me but part of me feels like they only want to keep me around and convince me to stay because they don't want to go back to the 6 person am/pm schedule shuffle... I feel like I want to leave. I'm not the last option and I don't want to end up feeling like I never want to see her again. But even after three days. I sort of feel that way. Does anyone have any advice? I'm sure I've left a lot out in the situation. Like when other people stop by she acts like a child. Very sweet. Polite. Wants to chit chat in her sweet voice but after they leave, she starts questioning me like I'm doing something wrong, making me feel like I'm more of a burden than help. :(