All carers for aging parents have a story. Here’s the short version of mine:
On 12/1/16 I became a millennial caregiver for my ALS mom and Alcoholic dad. That day was a major "plot twist" in my life, walking in on my mom in mid-cardiac arrest surrounded by emergency room staff trying to resuscitate her. For 9 minutes straight I watched the ER staff trying to resuscitate my mom while I begged GOD to please not take her away from me.God granted my prayers, and for the last two years, I have been caregiving for both my parents while maintaining a fulltime job.
My daily caregiving responsibilities vary, i.e. (doctor visit, lawyer meetings, Medicaid applications, managing family finances, grocery runs, making meals for my dad, visiting my mom in the nursing home, etc..) It is easy during tough times like this to just wallow in self-pity. I did that, and I still do at times. But now I prefer to wallow in solutions, technology solutions!
The past couple years have been my hardest yet. And they have been the most rewarding. My parents are living the best life given the circumstances. I found unexpected self-growth and purpose by way of caring for my aging parents. And I have enjoyed exploring and testing technology solutions to help me care for my parents.