Reality Check: Older ParentsPosted: December 28, 2018
You know you have elderly parents when:
- You’ve survived multiple episodes of falls, strokes, heart issues and you are unfazed, you roll.
- The house or living situation has wellness paraphernalia all around (nebulizer attachments).
- You have Amazon Prime and use it for reoccurring orders of incontinence pads and underwear.
- You find the most simple coffee-maker for your Mom to use and write down the directions.
- You feel like you are going deaf from “yelling” to be heard.
- You know where the bleach, oxyclean and pee pads are located in the house.
- You can make-up a week of Meds for both parents in 15 minutes or less.
- You know the way to make the Meds because your Dad continues to tell you how to do it.
- You know the neighbors, friends and home aides who assist and visit your Parents.
- You are extremely grateful to those people and their patience with hearing a story 20+ times.
- Their behavior reminds you to pay-it-forward.
- You’ve learned to take a breath because you know how much your Dad hates losing his control.
- You have seen enough bodily functions to try to figure out solutions to the bodily challenges.
- You get excited for a Toto Washlet Toilet seat.
- You look for things to tempt your parent’s taste buds because they don’t eat enough.
- You really want a glass of wine at 11 am, daily when you are home.
- Reminder: we will all be elderly at some point with Luck.
- You make notes for when you are older.
I am sure you can add to this list, please feel free to do so in the comments.
(PS. Both, Mom and Dad, had check-ups today and things are going relatively well.)