Caring For My 74 Year Old Mom
During the past month our family has experienced some drastic changes. My mother had a stroke and a seizure in March and when she got out of the hospital, it was agreed by her and by my husband and myself that she should no longer live alone. So, she moved in with us, to our 3 bedroom, 2 bath, bi-level, with me, my husband, and my 5 year old son. I should mention Mom also needs a knee replacement, but obviously that's on the back burner right now, so she has lots of pain and trouble getting around, especially up and down stairs. The only choice available for her room here was upstairs, so she tries to only go up once or twice a day. We've bought a portable potty for her to use downstairs. As I'm an only child, this was really the only option available. It has changed our lives drastically. While at times it's great to have her here, it's also hard, as my time is now divided between taking care of my son and taking care of her (and trying to find time for my husband as well!) Alone time for us as a couple is pretty much nonexistent. Between running my son back and forth to preschool and tee ball, and now driving Mom to various specialists (neurologist, cardiologist, therapist, etc.), we're putting lots of miles on the vehicles. I just wanted to share my story with others who might be in the same situation. Thanks.