I'm 33 years old and a stay at home mom with two young children, a nine year old and a 1 year old. I've been taking care of my 62 year old father for nearly a year now, I'm at my wits end. My father is mildly retarded. His education is roughly kindergarten level. He is functionally illiterate. I do everything for him except his daily personal care, cooking, cleaning, etc. I have a mother, brother, and sister. They are all worthless when it comes to dealing with my father. My mother walked out on my father three years ago and no one has seen nor heard from her since. It's no great loss. She was stealing his social security money and treating him like garbage. My brother is too self involved to help out with my father. If there isn't anything in it for him, my brother wants nothing to do with it. My sister is an addict/alcoholic. No explanation necessary there about why she's not involved in his care. My father lives by himself. But I take care of all his financial dealings, paying his bills, rent, handling his money, etc. I make his doctor appointments and make sure he gets to them. I call in his prescriptions to the pharmacy for him. If he has a problem with his apartment I call his landlord and deal with it. All he does is complain. I never get one word of appreciation from him. He overdramatizes everything. He called me at 7:30 this morning because he had himself all up in arms over something that hasn't happened yet and may not happen at all. He's going to a new doctor tomorrow night and he's got himself frantic thinking that this doctor may not write his prescriptions out for 6 months like his old doctor did. He had an absolute fit because the cashier at the pharmacy asked for his address when he picked up his pills on Friday. This wasn't the first tirade, nor will it be the last. And he expects me to listen to his ranting and raving while I'm trying to make breakfast for my kids and get my nine year old ready for school. I hung up on him this morning. I know it was wrong and I shouldn't have done that, but he gets me to the point of being a nervous wreck. I don't know what he is all worked up over. He's absolutely raving and frantic and upset and I don't see what the problem is. Then he gets angry with me because he "can't make me understand" (his words). I don't know what to do and I don't know how much more of this I can take.
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