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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-29-09 05:38 PM
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38. My mother went into a nursing home because
her doctor told me either she went or I would be in the hospital. I was exhausted and near unspooling.

Not only don't we usually have the skills; more than often we don't have the endurance. It's a 24/7 job, no breaks, no relief, certainly no vacation. We can't go home at 5pm.

The real horror is there is no hope; every day is a bit worse than the one before. It's one thing to nurse someone through an illness or trauma; it's something else to watch someone you love die by inches, 24/7, for months, often years.

Oh yeah, my mother was receiving better care in the nursing home than the best I could provide. The staff was trained; I was not.

Don't let them get under your skin, Kitty. We did the right thing.

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