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Does anyone get angry at their LO
HA! I would be a total hypocrite to tell you I don't. Of course, I do get angry. For me, sometimes still do, but I think it was worse or it got worse as my father was losing more and more of his abilities. The reality that more of myself I have to give up for another really is like letting go of who I am and where I prefer to be. And that no one else can or will do it, you know you are stuck for sure. Years of my mother (not dementia, but she did have mental and health issues), after she died, it was relief. Then....my father. So having to accept the disease was very hard for me, and I was in denial. But I think it was sort of survival and denial at the same time. Anger sort of gets me going.
But, I figured I needed to join either an anger management class or Alz support group. I decided to join the Alz support group, and that was part of my introduction, "I'm angry!" I shocked someone there a bit, but everyone else there totally got it. So, you are definitely not alone feeling that way. You're gonna get a lot of responses on this one, for sure.
Angry? Absolutely. I just don’t know what to tell anyone else what they can do about it, except maybe a support group or therapy. Or walk around the block (if you could leave). Or throw something (if you don’t mind breaking it, I’ve “broken” a few things).
My mother, now gone, used to fall down, then claim she meant to sit down. Never hurt, just stuck on the floor. Thankfully my DH with AD has not reached that point. But yes, I’m angry. I just can’t be angry at him because he can’t help it. But basically my prior life, which I was very happy with, is over. OF COURSE I’m angry!
I am going to pay a physical price myself if I hold that anger, though, so we have to find a way to deal if we have any hope at all for the future.
Start now with trying to find help and/or placement, whatever you can, because it will never get better. It stinks that your sister is no more help. From what I hear, that’s not unusual. Maybe she will come around...meanwhile, it...stinks.
I was angry, but, mainly perplexed with my LO at her antics, BEFORE I realized why she was behaving that way. But, once, she was diagnosed with dementia and I understood that it was brain damage, it helped me process her actions differently. Then, I felt sorry for her.
I think it's understandable to be angry at a situation or frustrated that there is so much work to do. We must exert so much time, energy, effort, patience and labor......it can be overwhelming. That's why I got assistance for my LO's care. When you overextend yourself, it creates a perfect environment for that kind of thing. I hope you can get some help.
Good idea to get legal advice on the options. I'm surprised it takes a year to get help with Medicaid. I'd ask about fast tracking due to dementia. I've heard of that somewhere. In my state, the state provides AL and MC for those who qualify and it only takes a few days when someone is in need.
Resentment and anger are common among caregivers. I find both of these to be daily emotions of mine. There have been whole weeks where I'm enraged maybe 80% of the time because not only is Dad being difficult, the folks around me who are supposed to be helping either disappear or fail me. Repeatedly. Like on a daily basis. This is why my support group calls ourselves "only children with siblings" every so often.
Give yourself the permission to feel angry. Remember, you are not angry at HER. You are angry at Alzheimer's. You are angry with the world. You are angry with a medical system that fails its patients all the time. But toss away the guilt. Guilt will eat you up from the inside out.
Anger you can feel and learn from and build off of. Guilt will erode your foundation.
Yes, I get angry. Yes, I always feel badly about it. Most of the time mom does not know I am angry because I wait until I leave to explode. But fortunately, I am able to leave. I feel for you. I could not do what you are doing and pray for you.
I related one of my episodes recently to my brother and his wife. At the end of it (they were incredulous at what mom was doing) I said to them... "Mom doesn't do this stuff just to be a bitch. Her brain is misinforming her. She is getting wrong information and she is reacting to that in a way that makes her feel as if she is coping with it." They had never seen it that way. But when you are in the moment... yes, it is easy to lose it and get really angry.
And I find that she senses the anger right away. As some of her perceptions are thwarted, others become keener. So I try really hard to 'pick my battles'. Good luck with this.
Angry? That's where I'm living 99% of the time these days. I'm angry at my nephew for dying of cancer. Angry at my dad for dying without really telling us what was going on with mom. Angry at mom for being difficult even tho' I know it's the disease and not her. Angry at one brother for having Parkinson's and acting like everything is everyone else's fault. Angry at the brother who lost his son and "can't handle anything else". Angry at the sister-in-law who's the RN and could see mom had problems but was told by her husband not to get involved. Angry at my sister who is also killing herself helping me with mom but it just somehow isn't enough. Angry at myself for not fixing everything years ago because apparently it's all my fault. Angry at my parents naming me as POA for both of them behind the other. Angry at mom's PCP for not pushing harder to get mom the proper care years ago. Angry at mom's PCP for not letting my sister and I know what was going on with mom earlier.
From what I'm seeing on the few moments I've been on this site, the anger is not abnormal or unexpected. It's just part of adjusting to all of this disease. Honestly, I would not wish this disease on my worst enemy. But being angry at the LO with this disease is apparently normal. Do the best you can. You will snap at the LO occasionally even when you know it's the disease and not them. I wish I had some insight on how not to take things to heart but I'm at the beginning of this trip and just poking things with sticks at this point.
Hi I feel exactly that way My LO has frontal dementia
It is taking its toll on me I am so angry and I know it’s the disease but when your whole day consist of him lying on you you can’t help but be angry he. Can still groom himself and fix limited food but his memory is gone he cannot do anything any more.Today while I was driving
He was so angry at me because I would not take him to the post office to buy a money order
For a phony sweepstakes he grabbed me I lost control of the car this is second time he is not on medication yet but our next visit to his doctor next week I am demanding it.This is taking its toll on me sometime I just want to leave him .my family moved to Virginia I am out in California alone my daughter is trying to help get me there soon as my house sells.I am trying to deal with these anger issues but he blames me for everything I have no good days any more
I never no what I am going to face.
God bless you and all dealing with this.
My heart hurts for you! You ARE truly an angel and a Godsend for your mom. I can’t imagine the fear and frustration those dementia sufferers must experience when they don’t have anyone to care for them. Always remember and know that you are a wonderful person for taking on so much. You are a good daughter.
You are not a bad person because you are angry. You are human. If you weren’t angry you would be in denial—more dangerous than being angry. I am angry too, but I am learning that if my anger goes unrelieved, I will do damage to myself. You are experiencing Caregiver Fatigue, a real syndrome. It happens when you are alone, when you feel guilty all the time because you shoulda, woulda, coulda, when you let your frustration out on your loved one and you know deep down inside that you shouldn’t, when the people you’ve leaned on all your life—sisters, brothers—don’t step up to the plate and don’t seem to care, understand, or are outright cruel—when the healthcare system fails and you’re just lost. And if one more “well-meaning” person tells me what I need to do—as if I’m not doing enough—I’m going to explode! I’ve been there, and I’m still in it.
I am finding though that there is help. I joined a support group; I registered on this site; I registered to participate in a Walk in my area in September. I got brave and started talking honestly to my family; I checked into the Carelink at work which provides for five counseling appointments free of charge—so now I am seeing a private counselor. And I am learning to see the small blessings in the “littlest” things: my mom kept thinking that she was in a different house every day; she kept thinking that we were moving every night. She kept wanting to go “home.” She has insisted on this for two weeks. Just last night one of those ephiphanies happened. I told her “hey look at your blanket, the one Debbie made for you. That blanket never leaves the house where it is. If you see that blanket, then you know you haven’t moved!” It worked! This morning she was happy and settled when she saw her blanket.
There is help out there. I have found that special programs community-based programs and non-profit agencies are a tremendous help. I called the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. They were incredibly responsive and within one week there will be a caseworker coming to the house to complete a nurse consultation and get Mom connected to a hospital-based community outreach to Alzheimer’s patients. (We are in Washington state.)
I have gotten so much info and help from the Alzheimer’s Association. Like I said, I joined an Alz.org support group last year, and that was the beginning of my relief.
You are in my prayers. I pray that you will find the relief you so desperately need. You cannot do this alone, and we are all here to help you. I’m so glad you’re on this site and that you opened up about your pain. Keep being real. You are amazing!
No better words of understanding and reassurance than yours... so many parallels on so many levels - too many to list...though the anger, resentment and guilt are certainly near or at the top. Not productive to ask why this disease is so relentless in it's work to destroy; better for me to identify those who can and would offer help, in whatever form makes sense (counsel, compassion, camaraderie). I would hope that Lorraine49 can reach out to receive that for herself and her LO's.
To: all who responded:
Thanks for the reminders, and for sharing what I can take away of the experience, strength and understanding from them.
All these response have so many excellent suggestions to help! I'm learning too!
In response to your original question - Oh gawd, YES! I get angry daily. I'm pretty good at hiding it usually. I too often make a mental note each night to be better tomorrow. I'm lucky as I split 24/7 care giving with my sister, and now a part-time live-in caregiver too, so I get more time away than most, and I STILL GET ANGRY sometimes!
A bottle of wine can sure make you feel better at night, though your next morning is rougher.
To: Eric L.:
Indeed...Do what you can to take of yourself and your sanity. God (or whatever works for you) willing, you will outlive her and her disease, and experience some peace to go along with the pain and sadness...just not today.