I'm glad you're there to help Aliz take care of herself. I admire her devotion to her parents, but she must take care of herself, or she won't be any good to anyone.
Thanks. Yes, there's a balance to be struck.
C'est la vie.
But I'm constantly on the lookout for reasons to be cheerful...
Keeping a good thought for you. Happy Mother's Day to Aliz, too.
I so wish we had a better way to handle these things. :\
2010-03-13 03:48 pm (UTC)
You are so right to "force" Ailz to take care of herself. A person who doesn´t save her own forces can´t be of help to anybody else. That said, I am very sorry for her parents, I am seeing my own father going up and down for years now, fortunately my mother still drives but who knows for how long. These things are so difficult to organize...
My father-in-law drives and my mother-in-law doesn't. Luckily she's still quite active- and capable of getting around on buses...
I'm so sorry about Ailz's father. An American friend is going through much the same with his dad right now, and it's not looking good.
You're dead right that she has to take care of herself, though. Otherwise she hurts herself and doesn't do them any good.
Caring for the old folk- it's like raising children; nothing prepares you for it.
Quite right. And unlike raising kids, there's not a lot of hope for a bright future, which makes it especially difficult.
It's a good job you're there to stop Ailz running herself ragged. It's hard when parents decline, but making herself ill with worry and over-doing things won't help.
Is there any other way of getting your dad to hospital? Do they have any kind of taxi or ambulance service?
Yes. They can afford taxis.
And they could probably arrange for an ambulance to pick him up if they cared to.
The default tends to be "call the kid." My mother did a lot of that the last year of her life, forgetting that I live thirty miles away and don't have a car.
I think a lot of it in my mother's case actually meant "I'm losing my independence and I'm frightened -- stay with me."
Calling the kid is the easy option.
When we got married Ailz's parents moved house to be near her. She's always felt they were breathing down her neck.
By putting your foot down like that, you are doing the right thing as Ailz's caregiver. I for one have never been able to see what good it does a sick parent or child if the person they rely on wears themselves out and ends up in hospital. Who would take care of the person then?
I also understand why Ailz is quick to go when called, but with her disability she needs someone (like you!) to help her continue to pace herself.
Her parents ought to call taxis on days that she cannot be there.
We can help out, but we can't do everything. Ailz has pushed herself to her limit this past week.
I don't know what to say.
I try to take it day by day...
I've said she's not going round there tomorrow for Mother's Day and she's not running her father to hospital for an appointment on Monday either.
I think that's very reasonable. She herself deserves a Mother's Day that isn't spent flat on her back in bed, in pain.
Aging is a dilemma...for everybody. Ailz has to take care of herself or even what she is able to do will have to stop.
It's a hard part of life indeed to have aging parents.
Nothing really prepares you for the process of growing old.
Wishing Ailz and you a peaceful Mothers' Day, and her mum and dad a quiet and restful one too, so they don't feel the need to bug you guys. :-)