Hi all, my first post about caring for my beautiful mother with AD.
I am 44 years old, live in Western Australia have 5 beautiful children (nearly all grown) and a wonderful husband who works away a lot. My Dad passed away a year ago this month from Mesophyllioma (spelt that wrong Im sure) or Asbestosis. My brother who is unmarried moved in with mum after dad went and tried his best to care for her, but she has rapidly declined and six months ago she moved in with me. At first things were pretty good the hardest thing was trying to keep her occupied. But over the last month or so it has become increasingly more difficult. The thing I am finding the most difficult is the personality changes, she gets angry quite frequently but only with me, she cries constantly and it breaks my heart. She tells people that I am bossy, lol oh I am so patient, but sometimes at 2.30 am when I hear her trying to get into the bathroom for her fourth shower for the day (she obviously cant remember having one before bed) I can get a little assertive, "Mum its the middle of the night, please go back to bed". We have had to put a lock on the outside of the bathroom door as I am scared in the middle of the night she will try and get in the shower and burn herself.
Just wondering what other carer's do in the middle of the night, I am worried I wont hear her one night and she will fall and hurt herself, was thinking of getting a baby monitor, any thoughts anyone??
Thanks for letting me vent