We understand more than you think. I was sole caretaker of gma, and my mother seriously only gave me 4 hours a week off. What I finally did is called Adult and Family Services and asked for the Worker who handles In home Elderly care. I managed to get on a program where I could have 20 hours a month off, and it was paid for to have a registered nurse watching gma. It takes a special person to do what we do, and don't forget it. But remember in order to take care of them, we must take care of ourselves (Sherry drilled that in my head). I managed an entire year taking care of Gma and being in chemotherapy at the same time. Her medication was needed adjusted, my mom wouldn't listen. It got to the point where I decided to listen to Sherry and everyone else when gma had me corned strangling, kicking, biting, hitting, trying to pull out my PICC Line (an IV that Stays in your arm even at home), and much more. I did only thing I could do, grabbed my cell phone out of my pocket, dialed 911 and hit send then shoved the phone in my pocket. I prayed that the dispatcher heard me despite it being in my pocket. Gma gets worse if you talk about her and not to her when she's in one of those states, so I simply kept directing it at her, "grandma please stop hitting me, grandma please stop strangling me" 'grandma you have alheimers" I said alzheimers because police are more familar with alzheimers than dementia. I was alerting them of the situation they were coming into that way. They sent police and medics. The police talked her into going to the hospital by agreeing I was a crazy lady and if she got in the ambulance she wouldn't see the crazy lady again. At the hospital, she attacked a few hospital staff, and won restraints and the netting over the bed. Then a trip to the mental ward, where she attacked them, but they managed to get her on a wonderful med. The point of the story, do not let it get to where it got me. If it wasn't for Sherry, I don't know what I would of done. (love ya sherry )
"The Walking Medical Mystery"
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