Caregiver Bloopers: Mom’s Appointments, Vicodin, Viagra and Volkswagens

English: Julio Iglesias

English: Julio Iglesias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a family caregiver you probably spend more time at your caree’s hospital than they do. You are also wondering why a image of Julio Iglesias is on this post. Just keep reading. I hope this brightens your day and makes you laugh.

You are the one that has to go get medications when they run out. You have to take forms to the correct department. You have to resolve billing errors. You are also there for appointments with your caree. I bet the receptionists know you by name and the pharmacist waves at you as you come in.

I am married. I have been married for 23 years and plan to be married until Kingdom come. However, in my travels to my mom’s geriatric department, I seem to have picked up some admirers. This disturbs me. I am there to have the doctor evaluate mom and get in and out of there without any incident.

Unfortunately an older gentleman who volunteers in the visitor center has started to bring me extra pill cutters when I come in. He sings “Besa me Mucho”

In a weird Julio Iglesias voice. He sits with me in the waiting area while my mom is gong to the bathroom for the 10th time before the appointment  even starts. He keeps inviting me to Indian bingo. I mentioned it to my mom’s doctor. She thought it was so funny and said, “That’s what happens when the other doctors give out too many Viagra prescriptions.” No sympathy there. Oh Boy.

To make it worse my mom misses my dad and still doesn’t remember that he passed away and tells the doctor that my dad is away on tour with his band. My dad was a musician and played saxophone.

By the time Mom finally comes out of her  appointment, Mom thinks the guy is in my dad’s old band and that he is there to take her to one of my dad’s shows. We go to the parking lot and him and Mom are singing old songs that only they know ever existed and I need my Vicodin pills and a margarita by then.

After two hours I am so ecstatic to see my Volkswagen. I just want to go home.

I have Mom wait by the curb and I tell her to wait with Julio  Iglesias  and I will be right back. I pull up and Mom thinks I wasn’t at the appointment and starts explaining everything that happened while she visited with her doctor. I was in the room  with her but um…well I let her explain and I act like it is new information.

I have to laugh at all of this. So what if I indulge a harmless volunteer for a few  minutes and so what if Mom wants to think Dad is on tour. I think of him playing in a band in heaven so how is that any different? So I learned not to explain things to her . It makes things run much smoother. I also learned to just go along with things–truth is funnier than fiction.

I write my caregiver bloopers to give caregivers a laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. Until our next adventure, try to find something every day to laugh about.

Angela Holmes

8 thoughts on “Caregiver Bloopers: Mom’s Appointments, Vicodin, Viagra and Volkswagens

  1. Avatar of EllysGdaughterEllysGdaughter

    Thanks MissAngie! I love your story! Last week I started to have the same mindset since our caree’s have a reality all their own which doesn’t hurt anyone else most of the time. It helps me to keep a smile reading your posts! Thanks again!

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    • Avatar of MissAngieMissAngie Post author

      Hi @EllysGdaughter,

      I am glad that I made you laugh. Just going along with them is easier and it sharpens our minds to play along. It’s like improve or
      musical theater with a purpose.

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  2. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Miss Angie, what a hoot. You certainly do have interesting doctor visits! Thanks for sharing, good pick me up. You have to see the humor to get through the days. Several years ago when my mother was visiting here, we had cause to take her to the ER. She was in her early 90’s at the time and still quite active, with no mental issues. She sat at registration and insisted she was allergic to cocaine! She meant codeine, but the whole hospital heard about it and thought it was hysterical. I wondered what was goiing on back home. LOL

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  3. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    Hi MissAngie–Oh, my, I just love this story. Oh, my gosh, you really are along for quite a ride. :) I love how you become an observer in your day–taking note without taking offense.

    Looking forward to reading more bloopers.

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  4. Avatar of TrishTrish

    MissAngie – Mission Accomplished! Your story made me smile. I love your attitude with your mom. It must be difficult to not even get credit for going to the appointment with her but you seem to take everything in stride. Thanks for the giggles today!

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  5. Cathy

    I know it is all hard…but so glad to hear your funny view today. I am half dreading going to my aunt’s tomorrow for a few days. The last month has been increasingly hard. When her helper called the other day to say that she couldn’t figure out what happened to the chicken she left in the refrigerator, I asked her to make sure bones weren’t in the garbage and that the dog was OK. Nothing in garbage, dog fine. Later in the day she called. She was putting out clean towels and found chicken bones in the linen closet. Who knows…………

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