In an earlier post I listed some DO'S AND DON'TS as our parents age (or any senior we are likely to become a care giver for). I would like to expand on some of those, and offer some insights.
Certainly if they really are experiencing senility you need to know that too!
DON'T back down if you really feel you are right & might know something the doctors don't about your parents! My problem was I kept second guessing myself. They spoke down to me and made me think that I was wrong for evening questioning them. It was an awful feeling and had dire consequences! Don't let them bully you!!!
DO be prepared to spend an exhaustive amount of time dealing with a myriad of things that you likely never even thought about before! Who knew that an act as simple as getting a prescription filled could take so much time?! Who knew that it would be so difficult and time consuming just to coordinate appointments......this often took more time that actually going to the appointments. Who knew that even coordinating your schedule to even find time to make it to the grocery store could be such a challenge?! I can tell you who didn't know........ME!
I am hopeful that by telling our story others will be more prepared and better armed in their health care battles!
I'm also hopeful that our story will encourage others to be proactive.
Thanks for hanging in here with me!