For those of you women (and men) who are dealing with an aging mom (or dad)

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  1. Mlaw

    Mlaw Quite Contrarian Gold

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    ... or dear friend or other relative

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    My dear girl, the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don't interrupt to say: "You said the same thing a minute ago"... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

    When I don't want to take a bath, don't be mad and don't embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

    When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don't look at me that way ... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life's issues every day... the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through.

    If I occasionally lose track of what we're talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can't, don't be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

    And when my old, tired legs don't let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don't feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I'll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I've always had for you, I just want to say, I love you ... my darling daughter.

    Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
    Translation to English by Sergio Cadena
     
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    Bubbleguts420 2 word review, shit sandwich

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    I'm not even 40 and both my parents are dead.

    :bigcry:
     
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    those things always sound better until the time comes to walk the walk.
     
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    Mlaw is trying to make us cry.
     
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    One of my closest friends is 85--she's my surrogate mother, and has been instrumental in my recovery. Her short term memory is really slipping, she will ask me the same questions, or tell me things over and over. I try to be as patient as possible, I have to do better.
     
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    i walked that walk, and now i advise people to run away screaming as fast as they can as though their lives are at stake (because they are).
     
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    Shit that sucks, man. :console:

    I will never complain about having no grandparents ever again.
     
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    I didn't have to walk the walk with my parents, except for the end of my mom's battle with cancer, but I'm doing it with this friend. I spend 3-4 days a week with her, we speak on the phone 2-3 times a day (she forgets that we spoke :facepalm: ) I can never repay her for what she's done for me, I want to do better
     
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    Bringing the sads. :bigcry:
     
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    Yeah man. Let em know you love them and how important they are to you (if they are).
    Regret is a monster to live with.
     
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    We are about the same age.
    I couldn't imagine not having my parents.
     
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    Has she been diagnosed?
     
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    diagnosed as old? i didn't think that was necessary.
     
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    Maybe she is just drunk. :dontknow:
     
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    at 85 its "mellow": what does she have to be sober for?
     
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    :jj: Nah, there may be other underlying issues besides old age. And if there are, there are also certain meds which may be of help in stabilizing her cognizance.
     
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    Pillow over the face.
     
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    what for? at 85 the ability to forget things means everything is new and interesting. let her have fun.