Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Too much going on at once.
Brandon's tooth is worse than they originally thought. It's cracked in half under his gum line, so now begins the careful routine of keeping the area clean. If anything gets lodged in between the crack, infection can set in..root canal needed...then despite of it all, he may lose the tooth. Add that to Brandon's already burdened shoulders and he's beginning to break down. Mike, heavy school load, trying to find his way around college (not literally) and now an injury, and he's understandably so, overwhelmed. He's questioning his ability to continue with his major.
Mike's sores on his sides seem like they're improving, but the one on his bottom looks like it's getting worse..fast. It breaks my heart to hear him moan sometimes as we clean it.
Brandon was in a minor car accident in January and we were recently served with court papers indicating that we are being sued by the occupant in the other car (the one that sped up so he couldn't merge therefor resulting in the accident). The night of the accident there was no ambulance and there was no indication in the police report of any injuries so this came as a HUGE shock. This is also on Brandon's mind, since he was the one driving at the time.
Mike's regular aide is out yesterday, today and tomorrow, so it's more running back and forth for me during the day to help the substitute get Mike in and out of bed, all the while worrying how Mike is responding to a different person at home with him.
In the last 4 days, I have had an average of 3-4 hours a sleep each night. It's all beginning to wear on me and I'm having a difficult time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.


Kathy Knowles said...

Hang in there and catnap when you can. You have a great deal to handle, and I'm praying for Mike to be relieved of his painful sores, Brandon to feel confident and be able to save his tooth, Courtney to keep her focus on school and enjoy her film class, and for you to see the light. You are a special person, but you are not superwoman, and you are dealing very well. Blessings to you all...

Gail said...

I'll be there soon.. at least you can look forward to one night of fun and laughter, as do I! I think we both need it right now. Always thinking of you guys.... Love to all!

Anonymous said...

I am praying for all of you.

My best friend was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia and I help her family out with care-giving.

Your suggestions were wonderful advice for those people who are at a loss for what to do or say in these situations.

You are a true hero and a shining example to your children! It's an amazing gift you are giving them. Anyone can love. You are showing people HOW to love. Thank you for your sharing your heart-wrenching and inspiring story!