growing up

Colleague told me I was looking less than, well, she didn’t actually finish the sentence, rather allowing her words to trail away. Exhausted? Stressed? Anxious? Overworked? As another friend put it, I am not just one of the sandwich generation, I have the whole loaf!

Mother Flamingo Dancer has improved, but is refusing to allow staff to touch her, won’t take any medication and refuses to eat. Sister got her to eat a quarter of a banana and we all rejoiced over that milestone.

She can’t go back into her single room at the care facility, she now needs to be moved into high care, which actually means she has to go into a four bed ward. What can we do; she has dementia, heart failure and is doubly incontinent!

Oh, and of course the surgeons all want to turf her out of her hospital bed, but the nursing staff are all arguing she is not well enough to move yet. Lovely government funding cuts of course lead to staff and bed shortages.

Just taking it a day at a time, a day at a time, but in the meantime, don’t even think about getting old!


7 thoughts on “

  1. I am so sorry to ear this about your Mom but, as a Nurse, am happy that her nurses are fighting for her to receive the care she needs. Best wishes to you, your Mom and your family during this difficult time.


  2. It’s sad to see how the Australian medical system has become more like the US’. The hospitals here can barely restrain themselves from pitching you out into the street as soon as you show that you might stay alive for more than a few days.

    Don’t let this eat at you, however. You need to save yourself for the good things ahead (winter break, your daughter’s wedding).

    I’ve already told my children I will work until I fall in the traces. Retirement is not an option, as I’ve burned through whatever savings I had raising three children alone and enduring years of unemployment.


  3. i am not joking about the plan to kill myself by 65. i can’t imagine 15 more years of my aches and pains, let alone more and brain failure and lord knows what else. power to the people who have the will – i just am not one of them.

    i hope MFD is at least comfortable… or believes she is.


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