April 14, 2007 3:50am CST
Taking care of a fully disabled 70 year old woman 24 hours a day 7 days a week is difficult. I recently took a job as a home health aide and it is pushing me to my limits. There is no opportunity to catch enough sleep as she keeps me running doing this and that all day, cooking breakfast, washing dishes, making lunch and dinner, emptying commodes, cleaning her room, visiting nurses, etcetera. It is just so darned demanding! And it is more demanding at night, she barely sleeps, both she and her son listen to their tv's way too loud. And she has incontinence issues at night, which means inevitably that I will need to strip and change her bed about once a night and wash sheets once a day because she doesn't want to wear diapers. Which she meekly wore for the last caregiver. And even more if I put a diaper on her i then have to go and change her wet diapers three or four times a night. It all makes me want to take good care of myself while I can so that I don't end up like this.