Caring for My Elderly Grandparents

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Caring for My Elderly Grandparents

mlun94

(Editor's Note: We welcome a new blogger today--@mlun94, who just joined us this afternoon.)


glass-63341_640Well, I've never really blogged before so this is a tad bit new to me. To start off, I'm 20 years old and I care for my elderly grandparents. I never thought I'd being doing this, at least not this young.


My grandpa is 87 years old, and my grandma is 80. when I first started out I thought this job would be nothing--easy peasy. Boy was I in for a wake-up call. In the beginning, I didn't volunteer for this job. It was kinda just expected of me. They have six kids and 17 grandchildren, and none of them stepped up.


Most of my days are really rough. I just don't have the patience I wish I had. I'm easily angered and aggravated. Sometimes I don't know how I do it. I mean, I guess I wish I was doing what every normal 20-year-old is doing. I get no relief. I'm cooped up in the house all day. Sometimes I think I'm going insane. The only time I get out is the get groceries or to bring them for doctors' appointments or check ups.


My grandpaw feels like such a burden cause he isn't used to not being able to do for himself. And I can tell he's going downhill so fast. I wish i could do more for him. And my grandma is just such a handful, so hard headed and doesn't listen. And might I add we don't quite see eye-to-eye. I guess to say the least, I just wish i could have one day to myself where i can get out the house just to breathe. The amount of stress this is causing is just so overwhelming.


I've got to go now, nap time is up for them and I've got to get dinner started. Everyone have a great day.

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Leah B.

Wow. I can very much relate to your story! I became a caregiver at a young age and knew from the start that I had little support from my family and that I hadn't chosen caregiving, it had had chosen me!

jan

So glad you have joined us here! I welcome you to a place where you are cherished, validated and encouraged. I would love to hear your story and how you ended up with this passage in your life. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to share with us.

Hansolosgirl

Call everyone you can, home health care, hospice, refferals from dr. Tell their dr what is going on and you're doing this by yourself. There is help available but sometimes hard to find. They can point you in right direction, to get started.

Hussy

Welcome! The others have made some good suggestions and I so hope that one of them works for you. You're in it for the long haul and to prevent caregiver burn-out it's just as important to schedule breaks for yourself as it is to schedule doctor's appointments for your grandparents. I look forward to reading your next post.

Denise

Hi--I forgot to mention this: We just started a chat for young adults in a caregiving role. We chat on the third Sunday of every month at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. PT). <a href='http://www.caregiving.com/members/labgirl/' rel=\"nofollow\">@labgirl</a> is our moderator. I'd love for you to join us next month.

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