My Life Has Gotten So Chaotic
February 7, 2018 10:54am CST
It's becoming increasingly harder to feel joy. I am normally a very upbeat and happy person, but these days I have to go to great efforts to even glimpse joy for a moment or two. My mama's Alzheimer's and my daddy's vascular dementia are rapidly advancing. I have never experienced these illnesses before my parents were diagnosed. I feel like every day is a juggling act and I'm dropping the balls. I spent Monday afternoon preparing my daddy for a colonoscopy. He is no longer capable of following instructions and I needed to make sure he was ready yesterday morning for the procedure. I stayed over at his house as late as I could. My nephew lives with my parents and I thought that my parents would go to sleep and my nephew could watch them until the next morning. Daddy wasn't supposed to eat anything but jello and broth. The next morning my sister and I went over to my parents house. My nephew and daddy assured us that he had slept all night and hadn't ate. My sister went to check on our mama. She was getting dressed and trying to pull her underwear on. She had her head through one leg opening and was putting her arm through another. Apparently she is starting to lose the ability to dress herself and recognize different articles of clothing. My sister got her dressed and off to the hospital we went. The wait for the procedure was ridiculous. My mama was frightened from being in a unfamiliar place for so long. Leaving her home isn't an option. He wants her with him wherever he goes and she crys and panics when he is away from her. It was a very difficult situation to keep her happy and content in the waiting room. She no longer has any filters and may shout out I gotta PEE !! The day ended up a disaster when the doctor couldn't complete the colonoscopy because daddy had eaten a strawberry pop tart sometime in the wee hours of morning. If I'm not around much, you know why. I hope you all have a good day
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• United States
I am sorry you are going through all of this. It is so hard when your parents have reached the stage that they have. I know it takes a lot out of you and you need a rest. It will come, try to take care of your self and take a minture to just walk outside take a deep breath and try to remember your blessings.
• El Paso, Texas
I only had one parent to deal with which was hard because like you I had no clue about all this unfunny stuff. I have at least learned that most of the time the state you live in will help with some aspects of these kinds of problems, here I called the human services department and asked if they had any programs that could help me with mom's needs. Not that they did a lot but at least they helped me understand what I was going to be in for. It was not fun. I think you mentioned living in Missouri and found this website: