Topic: My dad's progress
My dad is completely jaundice for about 2 to 3 weeks now. He is very confused. He sleeps most of the time but tends to be more restless at night. He is still strong enough to get up to go to the bathroom. His nurse said he may have one to two months. The problem is it is just my sister and I as his caregivers. She works full time so I am here every day and I spent three nights here last week. My sister is having a hard time concentrating at work. After I did three nineteen hour shifts, I knew i wouldn't be able to function. So this week it will be 6 days and one over night. We are trying to make it one day at a time. We approached my dad twice about hiring a sitter for 3 nights a week and he got so mad! He has always been very old fashioned with his money and thinks it is a waste for a sitter to just be here. We told him as caregivers we need rest and time away. He REALLY didn't seem to care. It is just so sad he could spend his last few months miserable and mad at us. I have been with him everyday since he was diagnosed in May. I want to maintain my relationship with him and show him respect, but I am so upset at his reaction. We ended the conversation with the decision to have the Hospice social worker come talk with us all tomorrow.
I just needed to vent. Sometimes things are not pretty!