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Old People Rant!

Friday, February 10, 2012

My daughter used to work as a home health aide and said yesterday, "Old people are as bad as teenagers -- they never do what you tell them to do and always think nothing bad will ever happen to them!"

Boy, was that the truth yesterday!!

My dad had his first round of Chemo on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic, and on Thursday morning he and my mother drove 10 hours home to Michigan! THROUGH Chicago.

You know why? They didn't have enough clothes to last another 3-4 weeks and my mom needed the charger to her electric toothbrush.

(REALLY MOM? NO STORES IN MINNESOTA? You can't use a regular toothbrush??) They will be home for four days and then drive the 10 hours back to Minnesota for the next round of chemo.

Of course my sister offered to send a package priority mail but the parents insisted they could make the trip. Of course mother did most of the driving, she with macular degeneration and floaters in both eyes while dad slept, zapped from the chemo.

I talked to them last night, thank God they made it home without incident, and they sounded really happy to be home!

Which brings me to the OTHER set of parents, TC's.

Yesterday his parents went to the bank and then the grocery store. Apparently in the confusion of getting the groceries into the car his mother left her purse in the shopping cart and his father left his cane. By the time they realized it and went back to the store, the purse was gone but the cane was still in the cart.

Inside the purse? Their withdrawal of $17,000.

It seems as though common sense starts slipping away at an alarming rate around the mid-80's!
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    Wow that is alot to lose at one swipe!!!!! And yes older I get the more stubborn I get..and just love sleeping in my own bed nights so can imagine their feelings about staying away from home so long. And do cherish them as long as you can as they are soon gone and you will miss them and their antics...
    3164 days ago
    I can't even imagine carrying $17,000 cash in my purse. I don't even like carrying $100.

    The actions of both sets of parents had to be bad moments for both of you.
    3170 days ago
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    OH NO!! $17,000 that's awful!! My heart goes out to them. I hope the bank at least tired to talk them out of taking so much cash!

    I feel so lucky with my aging parents. My father was on top of things right up until his death in 1996. My mother continues to do well and thank God she is not on the computer so I don't have to worry about a computer scam like some of her other friends have suffered.

    Glad your parents made it safely but I share your concern for them and their safety. My wife always said it's harder to raise parents than children. I think she may be right!

    Good luck to you and TC on this journey. Looks like it could be a rocky one!


    3173 days ago
    3173 days ago
    How many times did we put them through the wringer doing just about the same?? Not with $17,000 but definitely with attitude!
    Payback time is coming for us all as our parents repay us for our teenage anst.
    3174 days ago
    All our parents are gone . . . and yeah, it was sometimes pretty tough and often worrying.

    So: guess I'll be fully entitled to pass all of that along in a few short years!!
    3174 days ago
    Holy moly!
    Who walks around with that much cash, anyway???
    3174 days ago
    Ah yes... aren't Sandwhich Generation frustrations full of adrenolin-pumping excitement!?!?

    Yup, I do understand.
    3174 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6312736
    It's not easy to deal with aging parents -- been there, done that, still continuing with the parents we have left. (I'd say the "common sense" started slipping at around age 10 -- and they're just ahead of me on the downhill run!)

    Hope your family is doing well -- good to see you on the boards again.

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    3174 days ago
    Ouch and ouch. My heart goes out to all of you in finding ways to help them while keeping your worry-sanity.
    3174 days ago
    Omg speechless
    3174 days ago
    Oh my goodness! - that's all I can think of to say!

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    3174 days ago
    Wow. I'm so glad your folks got home safely. Laundromats still exist in Minnesota, so going home because they didn't have clothes is just silly. Not to mention dangerous.

    Dealing with aging parents is so hard; they fight tooth and nail to preserve their independence and make some bad decisions in the process. Good luck!
    3174 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Yikes and
    Wishing you and TC good luck when working with your parents. Hope they can see that you only have their best interest at heart.
    3174 days ago
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