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This Week's Carenote - 02/28/12

My mom recently moved in with my husband and me. She is 83. She is starting with dementia. She takes care of herself as far as bathing and eating. I get her bathroom and food ready and I make sure she takes her pills. I love her so much and could not stand to think of her in assisted living where they wouldnít monitor her as well. I make sure she bathes or showers daily and I encourage her to wear lipstick and earrings. I am trying to keep her vital and enjoying life.
 
My problem is, deep down inside, I feel trapped. My sister and brother have been bringing her food and my sister will take her from time to time, but I have two brothers and a sister. I asked them to each commit to one weekend a month so I could plan my weekends and we each would only lose one weekend a month. They will not commit, so I really canít plan anything. I have to ask each and every time I want to go somewhere and half the time I just donít go because I have to do it on the spur of the moment. I don't want to feel this way, but I canít help it. I needed to share this with people that understand where I am coming from. Thanks.
 
Sandy

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