I'm a single mum who's also recently had to take on caring for my elderly - and now dying - father. There isn't a Mumsnet topic on this yet, but I guess more and more of us are finding ourselves in this 'sandwich generation'. Is there anyone else out there? I'm on totally new ground, and trying to prepare myself for bereavement.
I'm blogging about this too: Stuck in the Sandwich It's not always cheery reading, I admit, but there IS humour, honest! You might like to have a look at it if you're in a similar situation.
Haha, yes, I think you've gotta keep grinning to keep sane, suburbophobe! I just hope I'll recognise my life when I get it back!
My dad is still at home: he refused admission to hospital earlier this week, and there isn't a hospice place for him yet... Only 16 places in our whole local authority area (where there are nearly 400,000 people) It's hard supporting him at home, though I understand absolutely why he doesn't want to go into hospital. Here's my latest post: stuckinthesandwich.blogspot.com/2011/06/catching-up-with-sinking-sun.html
Thank you suburbophobe. My brother came over cos it was fathers day, and my youngest was at his dad's, so I went for a swim and sauna... It wasn't totally problem-free but I feel a bit more relaxed now Hope you had a nice visit with your mum
Been there too. We had lived next door to my Dad for 18 years and I nursed him til the end. Mum and dad were divorced many years ago and Mum had Altzheimers . She died 8 months before Dad. I supported her at her home for as long as possible and then she went into a wonderful residential home. Now have DD and her DH next door( in Dad's house) with their baby and I care for 88 year old MIL who lives 2 miles away. Still have 26 year old DD2 at home and a DS who lives in next town and is dreadfully depressed and very needy.