Caring for Mother: She doesn't trust my care. Suggestions?
<p>It’s only been about two months since my Mom fell and broke her shoulder. The problems started 4 days later when her hand and elbow became contracted and she became fearful of standing, walking, being pushed in a wheelchair, riding in the car, scared of the dark. She is scare of everything. All of a sudden she’s lonely, she wants me to sit in her room all night. She calls me all the time starting 30 minutes after I put her to bed. “Are you awake,” when she asks if I’m awake she doesn’t wand anything just wants to know. “What time is it,” she has a clock a inches away. “Is it morning?” “Can I get up” 2, 3, 4, 5, 6am “I’m thirsty, hungry, uncomfortable, adjust my pillow, open the window/door, I’m hot/cold. When I walk with her she screams out “SLOW DOWN, YOUR GOING TO FAST… we are stopped, not moving at all or “I’m falling” or “I’m going to fall.” It NEVER stops, NEVER. My Dad was paralyzed from the neck down and was more independent and he had total confidence in me. My Mom doesn’t trust me at all. She was independent prior to the fall and now she’s totally dependent on me for everything. Under the best of circumstances I seldom sleep. I’m often up for days. Good thing I guess. But I can’t keep this up. I don’t know how to get her to trust me. I don’t mind doing everything that needs doing, well cooking and cleaning isn’t at the top of the list but I keep us alive and the house hasn’t been condemned. So I suppose my question is, is she being reasonable?<br />Thanks,<br />Jake</p>
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@jakedduck1 Boy, you’re getting to try out everything, aren’t you? The laser surgery is probably another way to break yo the stone to make it easier to remove or let it pass on its own. When they send you home to wait for the surgery, you want to drink lots of water! Keep things flowing. And no strenuous work! This will be a good time to follow the doctor’s advice and let/get your mom to do as much as possible for herself. Keep the helpers your brother hired—you, too, will need them. I wish you the best of everything and hope to keep hearing from you!
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Jake, your account indicates that your mother is overwhelmed, regardless of what changes of life she is going through. She is afraid. You are going through this with her. Continue to reassure her of your love and commitment, that you are devoted to her, including her ability to be her best self at any given moment, whatever that is. You must also take care of you, notably where sleep in concerned. This must be shared with her to the degree that she can understand. Sleep in snatches, but sleep you must, or neither her needs or yours will be met.
My mother had some Focal Seizures I suspect they were due to a stroke, of course the speculation. They continued to the hospital where she went into Cardiac Arrest but after chest compressions for a while, they got her back. I signed a Do not Resuscitate form so no tests were done except a blood gas. Now she's back home under Hospice care.
@jakedduck1 Leonard, I am sorry to hear about this. I know that tonight maybe a night of not a lot of sleep for you, as you ponder what will be happening in the next week or even the next few days. Do you have family to call to advise them of the current situation? Please be gentle on yourself and know that we are thinking about you.
Hello @jakedduck1, You will find Hospice to be a great help to not only your mother, but to you as well. Allow yourself to accept their comfort and know that you have given as much of yourself as you could to your mother.
Be at peace my friend!
@jakedduck1 This may be a rough time for you but hospice can be a great help. Remember, your mother trusted you with her care. She knew that you were strong when she entrusted you to care for her. You are doing the right thing now and you’ll never have any regrets. Actually, you’ve demonstrated to others that it’s a privilege to care for the one who cared for you. All of your foodie friends at MCC are here for you. Becky
I want to let everyone know how grateful I am for your advice and words of encouragement, wisdom kindness and etc over the last 5 months. You kids are always there when I need you, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I wish I could express more appropriately my gratitude.
On November 6th my mom started seizing, as the Paramedics wheeled her into the ER she went into cardiac arrest. They did chest compressions and restarted her heart, something she didn’t want. Tuesday her journey ended. She passed away about 9:30pm. I only wish I had the honor of taking care of her longer. It’s only been 7 months since her fall.
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So sorry for your loss, @jakedduck1. My mom passed away today, on Thanksgiving, so I sense the emptiness you feel.