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Old 04-12-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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so in high school during the summer i helped to take care of two great grandmothers of mine, and, well, the first one had bad hips, dementia, and heart issues, and the second had Alzheimers, and both died shortly after i had to go back to school, *two different summers* I watched both of them go from nice loving grandparents to horribly mean, hurting me and my family, and then die. The first one i had been really close to my whole life, i was always her favorite, and up until a few months before she died she was always nice to me, then she started saying horrible things, and tried to stab me with a screw driver... This past weekend i went to see my only remaining great grandmother, and i walked in and hugged her, and she was so frail, and has been having mini strokes my mind immediately went back to taking care to the first of the other two, i felt horrible and depressed when i saw her, or tried to talk to her, i tried the whole weekend not to be left alone with her. I love my family, and great grandma, but i just can't be around her... is this ptsd? What do i do?
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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Hi,
Sorry to hear of your loss. I do not think this is ptsd. It sounds like a normal young lady that got to see two examples of the reality of old age and death. Some times we all have to take time to work these things out for ourselves. Her condition just reminds you of the others. Talk to your family and tell them it is a little too much for you right now. It happens to us all if we care.

 
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reg12;

Thanks, i have already... they really don't care... ohh well, i have a tdoc and pdoc appointment this week and i plan to talk to them about it, thanks for the advice.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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Good luck to you.

 
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thank you a ton.
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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You know what I do about things like that is to remember what they were like when they were healthy. When they were in control. I remember the good things about them. Try not to think about them when they left us, but the person they were when they were here. The good things we shared.

 
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reg12;

I know, but it's much harder to do that when most of the good times were when i was young... and then had to grow up and start taking care of them. thanks.
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:54 PM   #8
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Re: ptsd?

from what you are saying about being attacked this could be ptsd - so talk to your T and pdoc about it - they will be able to tell you for sure


With your grandmother - remind yourself who she is and that she is NOT the other grandmother - ground yourself by saying that that time is over and you are safe now

if you need to have someone with you when you are with your grandmother then do it - you need to take care of yourself first or you wont be able to take car of anyone else

Please try not to beat yourself up about this - you had a bad time and that affects how you view the world - I hope your T and pdoc can help you through this - take care MBC
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maybecrazy;

Thank you a ton for the help and advice.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:22 PM   #10
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you are welcome let us know how you go
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:18 AM   #11
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Thanks, i will.
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